Peninsula Symphony: Impressions from a first-timer concertgoer

Liz Nyberg/Town Crier
Peninsula Symphony performs at Hillview Soccer Field in Los Altos June 21.

Peninsula Symphony’s June 21 performance in Los Altos was my first orchestra concert. I am used to seeing hardcore punk concerts and have played in rock bands.

The free show on the Hillview Soccer Field was fabulous. Approximately 500 people attended, many of them picnicking as they listened to the Los Altos-based group.

The symphony performed for approximately 90 minutes (with an intermission). The theme of the event was “Way Out West,” and the program included an array of works – from upbeat marching-style anthems to wistful melodies.

Between songs, conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein entertained the crowd with funny jokes.

The conductor stepped aside for the grand finale, allowing the winner of the raffle to conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The winner took over – after a short lesson in conducting – and did an admirable job.

The concert was enjoyable from start to finish. I look forward to returning next year.

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