Though Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra music director Gerard Schwarz recently garnered headlines with his announced intentions to leave his post at the end of next season, the orchestra's concert at Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday clearly belonged to the soloist--Maurice Andre.
In a rare local appearance (and his first orchestral date in recent memory) the French trumpeter displayed his customary brilliance of tone and technique. But he also won all hearts with an irresistibly buoyant, truly charmant stage manner. He tapped his feet, he raised and lowered those wonderful bushy eyebrows with every orchestral climax and he could not resist secretly beating time.
All this for two vehicles that barely taxed him: the overplayed Haydn Concerto and a slight Sonate de Concert by Telemann.
For all its familiarity, Haydn's concerto has rarely sounded so fresh in Andre's hands. His tone here was all velvet. (Surprisingly, he resorted to the score.)