The MUSON symphony Orchestra, which is notably Nigeria’s only professional symphony orchestra, renowned for its high standard performance of various repertoires recently staged an extraordinary concert at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON centre, Onikan, Lagos.
It was a concert of two parts with a wide range of musical selections from the popular classical era through the romantic and the nationalistic 20th century. Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Exsultate Jubilate by the virtuoso, W. A. Mozart were the first works and they were performed with so much spirit.
Other featured works were the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Luigi Boccherini. The second part of the concert started off with a wind orchestra playing Lift Thine Eyes, a trio by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Romance for Cello and Orchestra by Johann Strauss Jr., the highly applauded Habanera from the Opera ‘Carmen’ by George Bizet and finally a medley of six short piano pieces composed by Bela Bartok titled the ‘Romanian Folk Dances’.
The two-hour concert was conducted by Thomas Kanitz the MUSON Artistic Director and orchestra conductor. He also featured on the cello. The guest vocalists who highlighted the event were Ranti Ihimoyan, a soprano and Fatima Anyekema, a mezzo soprano. The MUSON Symphony Orchestra performed brilliantly with the last piece being a climax point and a very clever way to end the show.
The internationally acclaimed MUSON Diploma School Choir also gave much light to the well organised show.