Someone's doing something right at the Peabody Conservatory.
Saturday's inaugural concert of the Peabody Symphony, under its new music director Hajime Teri Murai, demonstrated that the conservatory has become a markedly better institution in the last few years. Open a closet door at Peabody nowadays and a talented string player is likely to fall out.
In Weber's "Oberon Overture," it was quickly apparent that one was listening to a student orchestra that often came close to professional excellence. Good as the violins and violas were, the basses and particularly the cellos were terrific. In a few years many of the members of that cello section should be sitting in some of the nation's major orchestras.