Youth, energy and vitality is what being twenty-something is all about, and that's what the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrated Saturday night at the Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills in celebration of the beginning of its 20th season.
The orchestra, loaded with professional musicians who provide music to movie scores and back recording artists at local studios, played with the musical maturity they have attained, and backed two guest artists in their 20s whose talents brought youthful vigor to the concert stage. Steve Kerstein, Burbank Philharmonic's artistic director and conductor-founder, led the orchestra in a program of familiar classical music from the 19th century.
Beginning with a bright romp, Mikhail Glinka's Overture to "Russlan and Ludmilla," the orchestral portion ended on a thoroughly exciting note with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Kerstein used gentle persuasion to encourage some of the cleanest and crisp ensemble playing heard in this region for some time.