Sunday, March 23, 2014

Schein on Chopin: The Reviews Are In

Following Saturday night's performance with Ann Schein, the Harrisburg Symphony and Stuart Malina in a concert that included Guillaume Connesson's recent Cosmic Trilogy: Aleph, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3 and Frederic Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto, here are some reviews for you:

From Kari Larsen with the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

From David Dunkle with the Carlisle Sentinel.

From blogger Dick Strawser, a.k.a. me, not-a-critic writing not-a-review, with his thoughts about the Chopin at his blog, Thoughts on a Train.

Check out our Facebook page for a ton of photos taken by marketing director Kim Isenhour, four of which I include here:

 One of the great opportunities for young audience members to meet a member of the orchestra before the concert - in this case, hornist Bill Hughes explains the mysteries of the French Horn.

Hard to tell from a still photograph how fast everyone's playing during Guillaume Connosson's whirlwind of a cosmic dance, "Aleph" from his Cosmic Trilogy which met with whoops and wows when it exploded at the end.

Ann Schein in the midst of a more contemplative moment from Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert concluded with a compelling argument to consider Rachmaninoff's 3rd Symphony as a work deserving better credit than it has received.

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