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Gaffigan, Watts Impressive with DSO

Posted Friday, April 13, 2012 in Reviews

By Chris Shull

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James Gaffigan returns to guest conduct with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center this weekend. The performance Thursday of a Nordic-themed program - including acclaimed pianist André Watts playing Grieg's Piano Concerto - earned respectful kudos from the critics.


"The young American demonstrated fastidious command of the orchestra, but also far rarer virtues of musical shape and expressivity," Scott Cantrell said in The Dallas Morning News.


Gaffigan's program of pieces by Sibelius and Grieg was "intellectually and emotionally engaging," observed Wayne Lee Gay on D magazine's FrontRow. With André Watts at the piano, Grieg's Piano Concerto "proved as loveable and as effective as ever as a showpiece for a star performer."


Watts is "one of the best pianists of the era," Gregory Sullivan Isaacs wrote on TheaterJones. "He proved this again with a sensitive performance."


Musicians in the DSO stood out, as well. Co-concertmaster Nathan Olson and principal cellist Christopher Adkins were singled out for a "touching dialogue" in the finale of Sibelius's Rakastava, while "Gaffigan gave the music a fine singer's sense of phrase, a fine dancer's of buoyancy," Cantrell wrote.


Read the Program Notes >>


Don't miss your chance to hear André Watts play Grieg. The program repeats through Sunday afternoon. >>


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