“The sum total.. was a marvelous performance, on many levels, from mass attacks, to filigree-light details. Waves of applause went on and on for the soloists, choristers, directors and conductor Alltop and the fine instrumentalists of the C-U Symphony...It was the most successful concert of this ensemble in my memory.”
"The Sinfonia woodwinds stood out, as well as the horns, under Hobson’s energetic baton...the Sinfonia players glittered in their playing of this symphony’s scherzo, as well as the light-footed finale...This fine ensemble, and Hobson who leads it, are a commendable and significant force in our community’s musical life."
“Lumpkin and his excellent players and singers stunningly revealed Picker’s gripping drama, culminating in an orchestral and vocal ascent that left this audience scrambling for footing at the edge of the precipice.”
“the MMF’s 104-piece orchestra stunningly exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. The confident, mostly cohesive performance was at times thrilling and at others beautiful and deeply touching...Strings were assertive and confident, deep and rich in the lower ranges, singing clear and high in the upper. Winds and horns were clear, the brass…never sounded strained.”
“Haitink began Daphnis with the merest of gestures, discreetly authoritative, and throughout he guided the students lucidly and invitingly and they in turn played with confidence and devotion, …Haitink…achieved refined Ravel and was integral to the whole, the subtlest nuances sought (and found) and the quietest dynamics quivered with allure.”