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Night at the Symphony – A Review
Arts Contributor Taryn Leonidas gives readers the dirt on the winter season’s hottest fine arts in town!
Leaving last night’s symphony performance one might easily hear the affluent audience remark that the performances were staid and starchy, innovative and refreshing, or muddled and incomprehensible. None of these opinions would be off the mark. For the moneyed, the beautiful, or the well-connected, the symphony was the place to be last night. The first performance of the evening was from our venerable Deiran Symphony, led with workman-like diligence by Maestro Aeneas Arinieus. Arinieus, a longtime cellist with the local symphony, has spent 4 years training in Nabila before returning for this, his directorial debut. Although Arinieus’ conducting was highly anticipated, his coming out party was overshadowed by a giant in the conducting universe- Maestro Zarathustra. Zarathustra, a charismatic human from Engadin, is known for his over-the-top conducting style (and for pomposity off the stage). His retinue, a quintet, is known to include some of the finest musicians East of the Wilds. Deira was the final stop on a tour beginning months ago in the steamy Pearl River Delta. Last night the Maestro eschewed the usual tails and top hat for what appeared to be weathered traveler’s robes. Zarathustra, who appeared to be unwashed, may have at first been mistaken for a novice conductor, had his obvious force of personality not lent the practiced gravitas of a master to his oeuvre. Zarathustra in fact appeared to be pioneering an entirely new conducting style, expressive, fluid, nonchalant and for some more traditional audience members, bordering on incomprehensible. “At first I thought some itinerant wizard had erroneously been allowed onstage," remarked Dowager Countess Sutton. “I assumed the tramp would recognized as a fraud and turned out into the night. But people acted as though his flailing was… provocative, not confusing.” For some time at the beginning of Zarathustra’s performance it appeared as though some audience members may have lost interest and left, but by the end of the piece younger symphony enthusiasts were literally swinging from the balconies in delight. This writer believes that we may be witnessing a revolution in conducting, beginning here in Deira. Maestro Zarathustra’s admittedly casual redefinition of his role as conductor could only come from a seasoned genius, a man so familiar with the rules of his trade that he can choose when and how to break them. We can’t guarantee that all this season’s performances will be as provocative as last night’s, but the symphony looks to be the hottest ticket around for the foreseeable future!