At Verizon Hall, William Eddins takes the baton, Hilary Hahn gives two beautiful encores.
Philadelphia loves a hometown hero. Hilary Hahn, the Curtis-trained one-time wunderkind who now has a blue-chip career, surely qualifies. The violinist was the draw for many in Thursday’s sizable Verizon Hall crowd.
But the more significant artistic news in the program (to be repeated this weekend) was the arrival of William Eddins, who led a La Mer of astonishing detail and power. The gathering winds and sea built upon each other, at the end of the piece, with such enveloping beauty and inevitability, that the eyes welled up with something more significant than sea mist. Artistic triumphs can do that.
From a certain perspective, Eddins has slipped quietly onto the orchestra’s podium. After a few earlier dates, he was at the Mann this summer in a Nina Simone tribute with vocalist Ledisi, and then in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with the orchestra for three programs.
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