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Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now Performs Mendelssohn and Sibelius

NEW YORK – The Orchestra Now Performs Mendelssohn and Sibelius in a musical experience that delivered! Audience members left with hearts still echoing with melodies, virtuosity, drama, and perhaps a profound sense of gratitude and wonder. For in tonight’s moments of musical transcendence, they experienced the sublime and shall carry the memory of this magical night.

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Zachary Schwartzman, Conductor with The Orchestra Now at Symphony Space (photo from ZacharySchwartzman.com)
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now Performs Barber, Strauss, and Schumann

Tonight was an event when The Orchestra Now Performs Barber, Strauss, and Schumann in a fantastic concert of challenging, diverse, and intriguing music. The musicians performed with intensity, purpose, and virtuosic brilliance. They delivered moments of excitement, adulation, passion, pathos, and profound serenity.

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The Orchestra Now at Symphony Space with Conductor Zachary Schwartzman. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now at Symphony Space

This notable variety of musical works is apposite for The Orchestra Now, an ensemble of young professionals assembling to hone their skills for careers in music around the world. This evening, under the able baton of conductor Zachary Schwartzman, these artists expanded their repertoire and contexts for their future challenges. Each work provided ample opportunity for solos, marvelous brass, string and wind tuttis, lush strings, and musical poetry.

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L-R: John Fugelsang, Sam Kebede, Rob Cantrell, Janeane Garofalo. Carmen Lynch, Rojo Perez. Courtesy: SymphonySpace.org
Off Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Uptown Showdown: Text vs. Talk

Comedians tackle the great debate of talk vs. text. Two teams 5 minutes a piece argue their case, and then the anchor on each team gets 7 minutes to wrap. The audience applause denotes the winner. You probably think the talk team won since the winner was recognized verbally – WRONG. Texting won by a razor-slim margin hardly audible.

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We were getting autographs from activist, author, CEO of the Sadie Collective, and Harvard graduate Dr. Opoku-Agyeman. L-R Dr. Melissa Heche, Dr. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Elizabeth Ann Foster. L-R Dr. Melissa Heche, Dr. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Elizabeth Ann Foster.
Off Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

My Moment

My Moment is 106 stories collected by Kirsten Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Linda Perry, Chely Wright, and Lauren Blitzer. A multimedia event showcasing the stories of several women was held at Symphony Space. As Lauren Blitzer said, “we had to get scrappy; that’s what girls do.”

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The Orchestra Now in Rehearsal. Photo: David DeNee
Music Reviews
Edward A Kliszus

The Orchestra Now at Symphony Space

Conductor Zachary Schwartzman guides the orchestra with dramatic precision to ultimately express a kaleidoscope of coruscating musical colors. He delivers cues, tempo changes, metrical nuances, and expression with aplomb. He draws energy, excitement, and sheer musicality from the young artists.

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Off Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Selected Shorts at Symphony Space

Massini’s dialogue is genius with real, raw emotion traded by factory walkers who, while they may seem different from one another, share the desire to keep their jobs and pay their bills.

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