Reviews

2017-18 Season 43

 

 

Wayne Lee Gay, Texas Classical Review

 

American composer Missy Mazzoli’s Set That on Fire provided the provocative program  theme as well as the artistic high point as Voices of Change opened its subscription season Sunday night at Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Auditorium.

 

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2016-17 Season 42

 

 

Robin Coffelt, Theater Jones

 

Dallas — Women composers would appear to be a rarity, if we judge by the programming decisions still made by many major American orchestras. Many of these orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony, have zero women composers on their programs for this season. Only 1.8 percent of works programmed by the 22 largest American orchestras in 2014-2015 were by women. More distressingly, only 14.8 percent of works by living composers were by women.

 

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Gregory Isaacs, Theater Jones

 

Voices of Change, an ensemble dedicated to the music of our time, presented a fascinating program of musical reconsiderations on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Caruth Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

 

One of the selections, a piano four-hands arrangement of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, was revelatory when stripped down to its bare bones. We heard a new take on Witold Lutoslawski's Bucolics for Piano in his later arrangement condensing the music to only two voices: violin and cello.

 

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