On Monday, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mary Woodmansee Green, produced a powerful performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets," the effect of which was enhanced by the innovative inclusion of visual images to accompany the music. We suspect that few performances of this piece in the U.S. or elsewhere have matched the truly spectacular achievement of Green and the orchestra.
This final performance as orchestra director, and Green's masterful handling of the entire evening, including "The Star-Spangled Banner," her remarks, the comments of former orchestra board chairman Bob Rada laying out highlights of Green's remarkable tenure on Hilton Head Island, and the moving rendition by the orchestra and chorus of the final piece, "I Vow to Thee, My Country," clearly demonstrated once again the patent absurdity of the notion put out by the instigators of Green's removal that she is not the best person to lead our symphony.
Grey and Kay Hodnett
Hilton Head Island