“Energized” DCS performs with “solidity” and “good taste” at Dallas City Performance Hall season opener
“Grand opening of the Dallas Chamber Symphony”, writes Evan Mitchell of Bachtrack.
The Dallas Chamber Symphony opened the concert season at Dallas City Performance Hall, September 18, 2012 to critical acclaim. The program, featuring mezzo soprano Laura Mercado Wright, was presented with champagne toast to an enthusiastic audience of over 400. In his concert review, Mitchell writes of the Dallas Chamber Symphony:
“much of their programming is innovative and fresh, and there is certainly room in the city’s music scene for a good chamber orchestra. The DCS are scheduled to present several more concerts under their auspices this season, including a string quartet recital, a solo piano recital, newly-commissioned scores performed live by the orchestra to accompany the screening of classic silent films, and a season finale featuring the winner of their International Piano Concerto Competition. Led by artistic director Richard McKay and joined by mezzo-soprano Laura Mercardo-Wright, they performed on Tuesday Mozart’s overture toThe Marriage of Figaro, the suite El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla, and concluded with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7.” ~ Evan Mitchell for Bachtrack
“Mr. McKay led a steady if conservative reading of the Mozart before El amor brujo, which is infrequently heard in its entirety but contains the famous “Ritual Fire Dance”. Here the DCS sounded energized and played with a nice variety of colors, and Ms. Mercardo-Wright sang with great poise, giving depth to the pain her character feels upon falling victim to her beloved’s infidelity. The Beethoven symphony was played with the same solidity and general good taste as the Mozart, topping off a hefty debut program.” ~ Evan Mitchell for Bachtrack
“Dallas City Performance Hall itself was one of the highlights of the evening. The attractive 750-seat concert hall features stone walls with light wood paneling, and will be perfectly versatile to accommodate anything from a solo pianist to the small orchestra. The acoustic was warm without being boomy…and a large, open, split-level lobby would add more options for presentation of smaller programs, pre-concert talks, and general engagement with and among concertgoers. The space will be used for a variety of arts events, with the DCS being the highest-profile but hardly the sole occupants.” ~ Evan Mitchell for Bachtrack
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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, 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.