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Classical Music

BSO welcomes back Andre Watts, Mario Venzago

BSO welcomes back Andre Watts, Mario Venzago

It was old friends week at the BSO. Pianist Andre Watts and conductor Mario Venzago, who have enjoyed long and productive associations with this orchestra, returned for another round of spirited music-making.

The program traced a line in the development of Austro-German repertoire, from Gluck to Mozart to Schumann. The first of those composers doesn't turn up in BSO concerts often, so it was interesting to hear a sampling of orchestral music from his 1777 opera "Amide."

Venzago can always be counted on to shape music with an elegance of phrase and a fluid sense of rhythm. He did so Friday night at Meyerhoff Hall, helping to make even the less inspired movements in...