Soloist Tamas Palfalvi performs at the Al-Bustan Festival March 12. (Photo courtesy of the Al-Bustan Festival)
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An unusually young crowd filled the audience and stage at the Emile Bustani Auditorium Sunday for a tame performance of "Zenobia, Queen of Sheba and Palfalvi's Trumpet" at the Al-Bustan Festival.The principal cellist's solo during Goldmark's "The Queen of Sheba, Ballet Music" was refreshingly light and would have been haunting if it hadn't been warbling with nervous vibrato.There was no conversation between trumpet and orchestra, but instead what felt like a group of people and a soloist playing music correctly at the same time.A new performance space can be disconcerting for green musicians and the night was certainly not without at least one technical mishap – the lights onstage got drastically brighter midway through the trumpet concerto, which remarkably did not appear to faze Palfalvi.
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