The Galveston Symphony Orchestra hit a new high on Dec. 3 with Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.

It’s a work of genius, and Andrew Staupe, an enormously gifted pianist, played it the only way it can be played. He had mastery of the material, yet he seemed possessed by the divine madness the Greek philosophers talked about. We saw an artist who was in total control but we feared he might come unhinged.

It was an intense, exciting performance, and the orchestra, under Trond Saeverud, was brilliant.

We now know what this orchestra can do with the great Russian piano concerto. Is it too much to hope that the orchestra will invite Staupe back to see what it can do with the great American piano concerto: Samuel Barber’s?

If you haven’t seen what’s going on with the orchestra, it’s time. The next concert is Jan. 7.

Heber Taylor



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