Review: Tallahassee Symphony’s season-opening streamed concert with tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Posted on: September 21, 2020

“The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra was one of the first orchestras in the country to respond to the [pandemic] crisis by planning an entirely virtual season where every concert program is built around a featured artist, who is accompanied by musicians of the Orchestra in small, socially-distanced ensembles, conducted by TSO Music Director Darko Butorac,” writes Steve Hicken in Thursday’s (9/17) Tallahassee Democrat (FL). “The first concert, which premiered online on Friday evening, Sept. 11, featured tenor Lawrence Brownlee in sets of opera arias and lighter songs (accompanied by members of the Orchestra led by Butorac), and a set of spirituals (beautifully accompanied by pianist Lois Henry). Before and between these sets, Butorac and the Orchestra delivered clear and expressive performances of short orchestra pieces…. The visual and audio presentation, a four-camera production by Flying Pig Productions, was outstanding, and the overall conception and execution was innovative. Live performance will eventually return, but in the meantime, this will more than do. I look forward to the rest of the season. Next up is An Evening with Cellist Joshua Roman on October 23.”