Classical music: Top 10 performances of 2014

Karina Canellakis
Dallas Morning News

By Scott Cantrell

Classical-music programming in the area remains too unimaginative, but some of our core groups continue to advance in quality and sophistication. Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians complain about music director Jaap van Zweden’s abrasiveness, but the orchestra’s performances go from strength to strength. The Dallas and Fort Worth opera companies commendably pushed their envelopes, and more new operas are in the works. Most remarkable of all were debuts by three young conductors — Andrés Franco, Karina Canellakis and Michelle Merrill — two as last-minute substitutes.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 4
The DSO rates a second spot in the top 10 list for assistant conductor Karina Canellakis’ unexpected debut, on a day’s notice. When music director Jaap van Zweden had to bow out of the last two performances of a program including the formidable Shostakovich Eighth Symphony, Canellakis stepped in with utter assurance, her every gesture fastidious, but always with a firm overview. Even allowing for van Zweden’s painstaking preparation, this was the most brilliant conducting debut I can recall.

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