2007-2008 Season
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"A Give and Take Between Experienced and Emerging Since 1993 Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, have coached a parade o ..."
Allan kozinn 
New York , NY 
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"A Give and Take Between Experienced and Emerging Since 1993 Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, have coached a parade of superb young chamber players in what began as a summer music school and now runs through the year. The public face of the Perlman Music Program is a series of concerts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the installment on Saturday evening Mr. Perlman played first violin in Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in B flat (Op. 87) and Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor (Op. 34). Between those works, the LK String Quartet, a group formed at Mr. Perlman’s summer school in 2002, gave a rugged account of Bartok’s Quartet No. 3. The most immediately striking element of the Mendelssohn performance was not the music making, polished as it was, but the ensemble’s body language. Even taking into account that gestures are easily (and too often) falsified, especially among young musicians, these players attentively watched for cues from Mr. Perlman and one another and seemed genuinely engaged in the give and take. The performance illuminated the richness of Mendelssohn’s melodic imagination and had the fluidity and zest you expect from musicians who react to one another rather than merely play their lines. The LK String Quartet’s light-textured, transparent reading of the Bartok was unusual, but it wasn’t as if these players turned the music into Lehar. Passages that demanded a harsh edge received it, and in its best moments the performance was fiery and propulsive, with striking unanimity in the quickly shifting dynamics of the final pages. The Brahms performance shared many of the attributes of the Mendelssohn, with Orion Weiss’s appealing account of the piano line, the sweet-toned tandem violin playing of Mr. Perlman and Sharon Roffman and the richly textured sounds of Jessica Oudin’s viola and Yves Dharamraj’s cello all contributing amply to the sense of Brahmsian warmth. The other performers were Michelle Ross, violinist; Megan Griffin, violist; and Jia Kim, cellist, in the Mendelssohn, and Sean Lee and Kristin Lee, violinists; Laura Seay, violist; and Jordan Han, cellist, in the Bartok. Itzhak Perlman and musicians from the Perlman Music Program will perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3; (212) 570-3949, metmuseum.org."
Allan kozinn
New York , NY 03-24-2008
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"Camerata Ireland: Not so much Irish music By LAURA STEWART Fine Arts Writer DAYTONA BEACH -- Anyone who went to Wednesday's Camerata Ireland concert expecting Irish music was in for a surprise. The program, performed by Irish musicians and conducted by Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas, was solidly serious, in the classical sense, and deeply satisfying. The concert, presented by the Daytona Beach International Festival in the News-Journal Center, opened with Henryk Gorecki's velvety 'Three Pieces in Olden Style for Strings' and soared with Douglas at the keyboard in a sublime performance of Beethoven's Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B flat major. Then, with Jean Sibelius's moody 'Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42, the evening shifted to a more reflective level. It was just right for the orchestra's fresh, yet achingly autumnal rendition of Franz Schubert's youthful composition, the 1816 Symphony No. 5 in B flat major. Next, responding to a series of standing ovations, Douglas acknowledged the Irishness of the ensemble he founded in 1999 for just that reason -- to express Irish unity, by bringing together musicians from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He left his small but very enthusiastic audience with a final treat: 'Danny Boy.' It was beautifully played, and an enjoyable gesture, but hardly necessary. The concert's varied program, and the chamber orchestra's ability to express a wide variety of styles were more than enough -- especially with the superb solo by Douglas, who was a sensation in his solo with the London Symphony Orchestra at last summer's Florida International Festival. The Beethoven concerto that followed Gorecki's elegant tone poems was revelatory. Rich and articulate, the piano and orchestra at first took turns, Douglas introducing the work with muscular, impassioned chords before falling briefly silent and conducting from the keyboard. His piano responded to the orchestra with nimble, eloquent notes, as a lively exchange developed between the two voices. However exquisite the balance was between piano and orchestra, what made the evening memorable was its range. Camerata painted a sere, somber musical landscape in Sibelius's 'Romance,' then conveyed the tender joyousness of Schubert's Fifth Symphony, closing with light, lovely cadences that rose to stormy heights before their sunny, triumphant resolution. There was no bombast in Camerata's nimble, very accomplished performance. Instead, Douglas and his orchestra gave their best, and it was very good: thoughtful, luminous music -- Irish and otherwise."
Laura Stewart
Daytona Beach, FL 03-20-2008
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"Barry Douglas is the classical pianist who will conduct & play with the 40-piece chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland on March 19. We had the wonderful pleasure of being at his solo performance with the LSO last year and would not miss an opportunity to see him again in person. If you love Beethoven or Sibelius or Schubert and don't already have tickets for Camerata Ireland, go now to your nearest telephone and order them."
Penny & Bob Greenboam
Port Orange, FL 03-07-2008
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"I attended a Roby Lakatos performance last festival at the Peabody Auditorium and I must say it was an excellent first experience with a gypsy band. Looking forward to what this year brings."
Cleo Henderson
Daytona Beach, FL 02-15-2008
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