While the solo performances were excellent Sunday afternoon, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra seemed subdued, without the fire and spirit I’ve enjoyed in the past. It must have been difficult for concertmaster Trond Saeverud to step forward and assume the role of conductor on such short notice.
I don’t know why Maestro Xiao-Lu Li departed so suddenly, but I do know that I truly miss his presence at the podium. I might not have understood everything he said to the audience, but his enthusiasm for Bangor and the symphony was most apparent. I had hoped that he would be with us for many more years.
I wish him and his family good fortune.
Donald C. Grant