The strings with a bit of guitar and solo horn sounded fine at the start of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" as did the layers of strings in "Play with Fire." The trumpets peeked through with some arpeggios at the end of "Happy."
"Angie," perhaps the best performance of the concert, had a nice balance between the sustained strings and lead vocals.
"Ruby Tuesday" opened with a bit of English horn and was the one piece where the orchestra and band were in fine balance throughout.
Putting orchestra into a rock setting tends to make the music sound as if it is referring back to other orchestral collaborations with bands. "Paint it Black" sounded like Moody Blues or Procol Harum as much as Rolling Stones.
An enthusiastic crowd was on hand that cheered for big hits like "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Gimme Shelter."
Discussions of orchestral balance might not matter so much compared to hearing some blasts from the past.
Mitchell Arnold served as guest conductor for the program.
The concert repeats tonight at 8 p.m. at the Clay Center.