Joshua Weilerstein leads refreshing DSO concert

Joshua Weilerstein
Dallas Morning Times

Now that was an enjoyable concert — for which thanks go to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s guest conductor this week, Joshua Weilerstein.

In both Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto he gave the music welcome buoyancy, lovingly shaping even contrapuntal voices. Weilerstein was in sure command of larger-scale form and flow.

The concert opened with American composer Christopher Rouse’s 1989 Iscariot, the title alluding less to Jesus’ betrayer than to a betrayal in Rouse’s own life. In 15 minutes, the piece alternates somber massings of strings with rhapsodic interludes combining tinkling celesta with various groupings of wind, brass and percussion instruments. Weilerstein and the DSO made it gripping start to finish, and the audience responded enthusiastically. Read the rest of the review here