Jennifer Higdon's 'Violin Concerto' at Verizon Hall

Benjamin Beilman
Philadelphia Inquirer

As a piece of major talent, Beilman's playing spoke for itself. Even those who heard him when he was a Curtis Institute student or a member of Astral Artists' selective roster might have been startled by his polish and power in Higdon's 2008 work (being given its first Philadelphia Orchestra performance here). ... »

SPCO, Jeremy Denk give Czech composer his due

Jeremy Denk
TwinCities Pioneer Press

The main attraction was pianist Jeremy Denk, the recently christened SPCO artistic partner who bookended the program with two J.S. Bach Keyboard Concertos, culminating in an exciting take on the First Concerto's finale. ... »

Estonian choir inspires rock-star reactions

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Washington Post

The chorus — the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir — is hardly a household name in this country. In Estonia, though, it’s a national treasure, and its founder and frequent conductor, Tonu Kaljuste, has not only the looks of a rock star but also some of the same recognition and mystique. ... »