The weather was awful. There was no publicity.
Still, those are slim excuses for last night’s maybe-half-filled Staples auditorium.
If you weren’t there to see the performance — and, based on the enormous number of musicians on stage, plenty of parents skipped their own kid’s concert — here’s what you missed.
The high school’s Symphonic Band played a haunting hymn for peace, then rocked an American salute.
The A Cappella Choir did Broadway proud. Then the Symphonic Orchestra galloped through a Boston Pops-style “William Tell Overture.” Daniel Shapiro soloed beautifully on a Mozart concerto. And Max Liben took conductor Adele Valovich’s baton — for only the 2nd time in her career — to lead a rousing “Danzon No. 2.”
The next Staples concerts are May 21 (Orphenians and Chamber Orchestra) and May 22 (all choirs). They’re well worth your time.
Plus, the weather will be much better.