Concert of Vivaldi, Mozart, Shuman works conducted by Richard Barrett.

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I attended the Conservatory Orchestra concert on Friday night, April 4th 2003. The orchestra group was made up of about forty-five musicians and was conducted by Richard Barrett.

The concert was held in Brooklyn College Whitman auditorium. The concert hall was not full so I chose the seat I liked, in the middle of the hall where I could see the most of the orchestra musicians.

The concert consisted of pieces of great composers: Vivaldi, Mozart and Shumann. I was very excited to come to that concert and have an opportunity to listen to the works of famous classical composers and representatives of three musical periods: Baroque, Classic and Early Romantic Periods.

The first part of the concert was devoted to Vivaldi's work Concerto in F Major for Three Violins. It consisted to three movements Allegro, Andante, and Allegro. The first and the last movements were fast, live and in ritornello form.

They were played mostly by the whole orchestra. Those movements gave a vivid contrast to the second movement Andante. That was a very slow movement played by three violins. It was a lyrical and expressive melody played in the minor key.

The next work was a Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major composed by Mozart. A Sinfonia concertante featured the juxtaposition of a group of solo instruments with an accompanying orchestra. In that case, the solo instruments were the violin and viola. The orchestra consisted of two oboes, two horns, and strings. The work was in three movements, beginning with a grand Allegro maestoso. The central Andante, one of Mozart's greatest slow movements, featured a breathtakingly eloquent dialogue between the solo instruments. The finale Presto was a joyous rondo, based upon a sprightly dance.

These were excellent Mozart's pieces, but I did have a minor niggle. My preference...