Classical music review

Conductor, horn soloist lend verve to festive Miami Symphony program


South Florida Classical Review

Horn soloists are a rarity at symphony concerts, and when the instrument is featured, the concertos of Mozart and Richard Strauss are the usual repertoire.

Hector Rodriguez, principal horn of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, explored less familiar terrain with romantic vignettes by Saint-Saens and Franz Strauss at the orchestra's “Valentine Fiesta” concert Saturday night. With a colorful impressionistic tone painting by Ravel and crowd pleasers by Prokofiev and Gershwin, the program at Gusman Concert Hall in Coral Gables proved festive indeed and a fine showcase for Rodriguez and guest conductor Gemma New.

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