Eric K

Eric K

Redwood Symphony’s opening concert of its 35th season, at Cañada College on Saturday, Sept. 28, centered on the “Háry János Suite” by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály. This raucous opera suite of violently contrasting music is a popular work in performance whenever an orchestra can find the most exotic necessary instrument, a cimbalom.

The cimbalom is an enormous — it weighs more than 200 pounds — and fully chromatic Hungarian hammered dulcimer. It’s used in only two of the suite’s six movements, but its bristly twang makes the work’s sound distinctive. Redwood acquired a local performer, Jay Stebley of Sacramento, who wielded his hammers as a soloist seated in front of the orchestra. Regrettably, the sound did not carry as well as in other performances I’ve heard, so it was sometimes hard to make out what the cimbalom was adding to the orchestra.

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