Cash-strapped Colorado Symphony returns to the stage

Posted on: November 7, 2011

In Saturday’s (11/5) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “Perhaps absence does make the heart grow fonder. It certainly felt that way Friday evening at Boettcher Concert Hall. Because the financially strapped Colorado Symphony was forced to cancel half of its concerts in October and November, three weeks had passed since the orchestra’s last Masterworks concert. That abnormally long lull only served to heighten anticipation, and the symphony responded with a captivating concert devoted entirely to less frequently heard works by Czech composer Antonín Dvorák. Deserving a significant share of credit for the evening’s success was returning guest conductor Scott Yoo. … The lineup opened with Dvorák’s virtually unknown Nocturne for Strings in B major, Op. 40, a seven-minute work that could easily have been tossed off, but Yoo’s nuanced interpretation assured that it was anything but overlooked. It is not hard to figure out why Natasha Paremski has become a regular guest soloist with the symphony. The 24-year-old pianist always delivers. She turned in a refined, technically assured and utterly spellbinding version of the Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33—a performance that is sure to stand as one of the best of this season.”

Posted November 7, 2011