Review: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony premieres new adaptation of JFK tribute score

Posted on: November 19, 2018

“The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony opened its season at the CMT Auditorium of the Salvation Army with a program entitled: ‘Heroes and Legends,’ which featured the New York premiere of Steven Rosenhaus’ ‘JFK: A Profile,’ ” writes Peter Danish in Wednesday’s (11/14) Broadway World (NYC). Music Director David Bernard led the concert. “Written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth (1917), the work is generally performed with a narrator handling the quotations from JFK’s best-known speeches, but for this performance that narration featured actual video clips of Kennedy himself delivering the famous quotes. The narrator for the piece was WQXR radio personality, and Peabody Award winner, Elliott Forrest—who incidentally designed the multimedia elements of the show as well. The piece was both stirring and evocative, delivering wistful moments as well as more heroic underscoring for the narration.” Other works on the program were Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1, with Eli Goldberger as soloist, and “the lesser performed (but not lesser work) Dvořák 6th Symphony…. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s performance provided a very strong case for the 6th symphony gaining a more prominent place in the standard repertoire.”

Posted November 19, 2018