Critical acclaim for DCS’s “extremely adroit” programming, “exemplary” contemporary music & film

“Getting With the Program: The Dallas Chamber Symphony proves a knack for bold programming with Adams, Torke and a silent film score from Brian Satterwhite,” writes John Norine Jr. of TheaterJones.

photo: Photo courtesy Orange County Archives via WikiMedia Commons: Harold Lloyd in “A Sailor-Made Man”

About the Dallas Chamber Symphony concert last Tuesday, Norine writes, the program opened with a “well performed” Adjustable Wrench by Michael Torke, and “exemplary,” “musical” performance of John Adams’s Chamber Symphony:

“In their most recent presentation, the Dallas Chamber Symphony eschewed the safety net and went for the jugular with an extremely ambitious program, featuring works by John Adams, Michael Torke, as well as an original film score presentation by composer Brian Satterwhite, all under the baton of conductor and music director Richard McKay.” ~ John Norine, Jr.

“A quick aside: Adams pulls no punches with his orchestral repertoire. Simply put, his music is difficult to prepare, and even more so to perform. His compositional voice is rife with cross rhythms, mixed meters, as well as hemiola-like figures that pit awkward rhythms against each other.” All of this makes the performance given by the ensemble that much more exemplary.” ~ John Norine, Jr.

“Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical; the musicality was particularly appreciated, as it is common to hear performances (and recordings) of this work that are simple recitations—some ensembles manage to get through the work but don’t say anything. The performance given was musical, and kept the piece interesting without tiring the audience’s aural palate.” ~ John Norine, Jr.

After intermission, with the debut of Brian Satterwhite’s film score to a screening of Harold Lloyd’s A Sailor-Made Man.

“Satterwhite’s music has a fresh originality, while also evoking a parallel to the film music of Aaron Copland. Unlike “traditional” silent film music, which was often performed by a solo pianist or organist and often improvised on the spot, the composer makes efficient use of full palate provided by the chamber group.” ~ John Norine, Jr.

“The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming, and it won’t be too long before they challenge other well-established ensembles for premier status in the area.” ~ John Norine, Jr.

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Join us next time, February 26, 2013 @ 7:30pm – Dallas City Performance Hall

For more information about the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s next concert on February 26, 2013, 7:30pm at City Performance Hall, featuring The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, visit www.DallasChamberSymphony.org. Tickets are available starting at $24 ($15 for students), and may be purchased online, at the door, or by phone at (214) 880-0202.

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