Carl St.Clair led the orchestra in its 34th season opener Thursday in music by Johann Strauss Jr., Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. Andre Watts was the guest soloist.

Despite a less-than-daring program, it was a pretty good night at the symphony.

Click here to read my review, or pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Orange County Register.

Update: In 1990, Andre Watts was one of the first big interviews I did for the Los Angeles Times. He was very gracious, and gave me a lot of his time. The writing ain’t so hot, but the quotes are good. Here it is.