Throughout this entire performance, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Adam Flatt, was magnificent.
The orchestra was led with outstanding precision and style by Adam Flatt, a young artist in the best American tradition.
Flatt showered the orchestra with cues, turned up the heat on brass, refused to let long string lines falter, and steered everyone in the right musical direction. This music became symphonic drama. And a fine sense of drama it was: tension withheld, tension applied aplenty, tonal beauty, angry rhythms, kitchen sink at the end.
Throughout the program, Flatt demonstrated an unusually passionate depth in his approach to music, and the players responded with matching dynamism. The end result was an astonishingly large amount of musical beauty, conducted and played passionately.
He shows an obvious love of the music and a confidence on the podium that bodes well for his future.
The thunderous applause that greeted the performance by Flatt and the Symphony could surely be heard well outside the walls of the theater. The orchestra rose beyond the challenge, playing with such taut purpose and emotional involvement that the near-capacity audience was drawn to its feet in rapturous ovation repeatedly over the course of the afternoon.
From the first notes struck it was clear that the orchestra was in the hands of a terrific conductor who approached the scores with passion and enthusiasm, while holding the music within a controlled frame that celebrated the details.