Review: Dallas Symphony gala season-opener, led by guest conductor Christian Reif

Posted on: October 8, 2019

CORRECTION: Conductor Christian Reif’s name was misspelled in the headline of a Hub item yesterday about the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert. We apologize for the error.

“Wow. The Sept. 28 Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala concert, with violinist Joshua Bell as headliner, was one of those you feel lucky to have experienced,” writes Scott Cantrell in Sunday’s (10/6) Dallas Morning News. “Dallas swells turned out in force for the pre- and post-concert festivities Saturday evening, in tuxes and glamorous dresses…. But music lovers who hadn’t ponied up the extra contributions could enjoy just the concert at more normal ticket prices. What a concert it was! Bell … delivered the apparently effortless virtuosity you’d expect, plus elegant shapings and detailings, in the Brahms Violin Concerto. He supplied his own surprisingly delicate first-movement cadenza. But no less a star of the two-work gala program was the young German conductor Christian Reif. Right from the start of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, it was evident that something special was going on…. He always knew just when and how much—sometimes daringly—to delay pivotal downbeats.… The orchestra played gloriously, with particularly eloquent solos from flutist David Buck and oboist Erin Hannigan.”

Posted October 7, 2019