Review: Chamber Symphony performs with polish and expression

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Review by Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News

Photo: Conductor Richard McKay (left) directs the audience’s applause towards violinist Simon Gollo during the season-opening concert by the Dallas Chamber Symphony at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas Oct. 22, 2019. (Brandon Wade / Special Contributor)

“The Chamber Symphony presented a most enjoyable program of three French works spanning eight decades. [McKay] conducted clearly but expressively, his hands and body freed to tell the musicians what the music meant and where it was going, but never overdoing it.”

“There was fine playing from the winds and brass, especially from Elise Belk (oboe), Jonathan Jones (clarinet) and David Lesser (horn).”

“In the Saint-Saëns, the young American pianist Christopher Goodpasture, winner of the DCS’s 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition, supplied rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth and surefire technique. McKay and the orchestra were alert and responsive collaborators.”

“The Poulenc Sinfonietta balanced best with this ensemble of three dozen players… the mix of music mischievous, rowdy, grandly and dreamily atmospheric was delivered with panache.”

“Moody Performance Hall supplied ideal acoustics, clear and full, with a spacious “ring.”… A pre-performance inspirational speech by a board member and McKay’s music-appreciation introduction had worthy things to say…”

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