I remember the last time Hubert Soudant graced the podium at HPAC. He was the man, who after a long day of rehearsals asked us, "And now, would you like to play a beautiful piece?" And of course we couldn't say no, and happily gave ourselves to rehearse the encore.
Today we have begun a new project with him. He will come to HPAC several times this year to conduct programs of only Mozart. This week we are playing Mozart's Symphony No. 6 in F Major (composed when Mozart was eleven), the Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, and the Jupiter Symphony, No. 41 in C Major. It's a fun and varied program, despite being all-Mozart, and it is a pleasure to work with Mr. Soudant, again.
Today he relayed a quote from the famous cellist, Tortelier, "When you live in a square country, art is not possible." He danced and tried to get a liveliness to the figures on the page. And in his hands, I could see so much of what he wanted, in the pacing of his fingers, in his wrists, in his eyes. I'm looking forward to working with him again, and seeing what more he can share with us.