Amazing arrangements of pops merged with classics closed ISO's turbulent season to thunderous applause last weekend, with Time For Three and the ISO players under principal pops conductor Jack Everly delivering non-stop, gutsy virtuosity.
Though unnamed in the printed program, some in the audience suspected ISO impresario Ty Johnson had a hand in shaping the eclectic concert, replete with a psychedelic setting and mood lighting.
With some eighteen different numbers brilliantly arranged and delightfully delivered as a continuous flow of emotional energy, highlighting only a few is likely to bring a reader or two to question choice. Nevertheless, Ranaan Meyer's double-bass solo for "Danny Boy" unsparingly touched the heart just as Zach De Pue's violin rendition of the Theme from Schindler's List tore at the gut, while Nick Kendall elevated the soul with his licks throughout "A Rainbow Medley."
All three had particular fun with Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5" and "Libertango," got sensuous with "Vivaldi's Seasons" and plumbed meanings of love by intertwining the "Flower Duet" from Lakme with "La Vie en Rose." "Hallelujah" and "Eleanor Rigby" were lyrical; "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was rollicking.
We came expecting excellence and left having been elevated by the unexpected. Time for Three is a collective daring to turn familiar music on its ear so we can hear it differently, more meaningfully. Well done; done well.