Youthful Saxophonist Enchants RSO Audience
By Vonnie Goss
His first selection was the "Concertino Da Camera" by Jacques Ibert. The work has three movements, the first being "Allegro con moto" which is lively and energetic. The second and third movements, "Larghetto" and "Animato molto," were combined. Ashu was one with his instrument and played it easily, in a fully relaxed manner, despite the obvious challenges of the composition
Before beginning the next selection, Ashu stood silently until all sound in the auditorium had subsided. Then he began the strains of the beautiful "Rhapsodie" by Claude Debussy. The young artist then took the microphone to express his appreciation to Maestro Farrer, and members of the orchestra, who had clearly impressed him. He indicated that he found Roswell fascinating, with its UFO themes, and its Main Street attractions. His delightful personality captivated the audience.
Ashu introduced the next selection, saying that it "meant a lot to me," since he was responsible for the orchestral arrangement. The orchestra and Ashu then presented “Fantasy on an Original Theme,” composed by Jules Demersseman. Contrasts were evident in the work, which lent strength to the genius of the artist. He brilliantly controlled the instrument throughout the weaving of many intricate passages. At the conclusions of the work, the audience was quick to rise in a standing ovation.