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A Musical Journey: Unearthing Oskar Böhme and Julia Perry’s Brilliance at the Charlotte Symphony

Mar 25, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- 

Wilborn embraced the difficulties with gusto. He's not a flamboyant player, but his oral and digital dexterity served the tricky writing well. My notes during the third movement say "Reminds me of "Variations on 'The Carnival of Venice'," a notoriously tough piece by Jean-Baptiste Arban that preceded Böhme's concerto by a few decades.

Sure enough, Wilborn came back to play Arban's variations with flying fingers and tongue and the kind of showmanship this chestnut requires. The rain of applause for his encore was not for a hometown favorite but for a talented musician.

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