What a classical weekend: an inventive ReMix, some thrilling singing and the mighty Meyerson organ

Dallas Morning News
by: Scott Cantrell

October is always a busy month for classical-music events in Dallas. This past weekend's offerings included one of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's ReMix concerts; a chorus and organ program by the Orpheus Chamber Singers; and a recital by the French organist Michel Bouvard at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

DSO ReMix: New World influences

Folk-music influences from Appalachia to south of the Rio Grande suffused this season opener for the DSO's series of shorter and more casual concerts at Moody Performance Hall (formerly Dallas City Performance Hall). Assistant conductor Ruth Reinhardt presided over an inventive program.

American composer Edgar Meyer's 1999 Violin Concerto showcased the silken tone, technical finesse and natural musicality of Angela Fuller Heyde, the DSO's principal second violinist. Although nominally in two movements, it makes no clear contrast; each movement alternates between dreamy passages and lively (if stylized) hoedowns.

The solo part is effective and communicative, with some virtuoso licks, but much of the orchestral writing is uninspired, too often relying on empty chuggings. I kept thinking this 27-minute piece might be made into a really compelling 15-minute one. 

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Michel Bouvard: A French organist at the Meyerson

The DSO's organ recital series, Opus 100, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Lay Family Concert Organ. Opus 100 of the Gloucester, Mass., firm C.B. Fisk, this instrument brought a new massiveness of tone designed to match orchestra sonorities, and it sparked a veritable explosion of new concert-hall organs around the world.

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