[ in the press ]
By Thomas Leitch
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director David Amado, offered its followers a piquant mixture of old and new Friday evening in a program entitled “Classic Masters.”
DSO concertmaster David Southorn jumped on Mozart’s fifth and last violin concerto with all the fresh enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. His sweet, clear tone beautifully suited Mozart’s generally high solo line in the opening Allegro aperto, and the second and third movements allowed him to show more of his lower register. The principal novelty here were Southorn’s brief, witty embellishments to the score and the original cadenzas he supplied for the first and third movements. In general, however, he was content to let Mozart speak for himself.