Thursday, May 15, 2014
Appalachian Spring performed by University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Music and Movement
Monday, April 15, 2013
The University of Maryland School of Music’s Opera Studio mounts a charming and touching production to showcase their MM second-year students. These performers may still be in training, but there voices are already stunning.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Chorus was in good form under the director of Kenneth Slowik, making that famous opening energetic and joyous and keeping the melodic lines clear in all that dense counterpoint. The chorus was generally sprightly throughout, while the soloists often took the more introspective aspects of the text. Indeed alto Mairin Srygley and tenor Matthew Hill did a great job with the sparingly somber duet "Et Misericordia."
Monday, December 10, 2012
Anne Midgette of the Washington Post lists the Argento Celebration and the UMD Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" as top performances in 2012.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
"Freed from the black-clad anonymity of the orchestral status quo, allowed to assert their own identities, the musicians took responsibility for one of the most remarkable collaborations I've seen...this concert was about training young artists, and the experience of taking part and learning that new approaches can indeed revive the old can only be a good thing for the musicians, and audiences, of our future."
Saturday, March 31, 2012
DMV Classical Review: Daniel Bernard Roumain with the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra
" 'The Order of an Empty Place' draws on many wellsprings of inspiration...Yet its musical materials are relatively simple, mostly melodic and rhythmic patterns established at the beginning of a passage and gradually elaborated, like flowers unfolding."
Friday, March 30, 2012
"A Seder for the Concert Hall"
Monday, December 5, 2011
"To hear these students and professionals play together, without a conductor, was very moving. I was very impressed with the cohesion and unity of the orchestra..."