The conductor Stéphane Denève walked on stage at New World Center in Miami Beach and picked up a microphone, not a baton.
The first item on the New World Symphony’s weekend program was Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 3, a rarely heard 1946 work that could use some explanation. Denève, chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, detailed the work’s roots in the horrors of World War II, using the orchestra to demonstrate themes representing the violence of war, the stupidity of the brutish mass of people and so on.
It was an effective way to approach an unfamiliar work, and the performance that came after made an even stronger impact for the conductor’s description.
Read the review at SouthFloridaClassicalReview.com.