Review: Rei Hotoda and Sandeep Das Triumph in Asheville Symphony’s Journeys Concert

By Laura Pollie Johnson CVNC.org October 21, 2017 – Asheville, NC: Asheville Symphony‘s second Masterworks concert in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium transported the audience on a journey-themed adventure which included a festival (Dvořák’s “Carnival Overture,” Op. 92), then venturing to a crossroads where East meets West (Dinuk Wijeratne‘s Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra with soloist Sandeep […]

Review: The ASO, Daniel Meyer and Jennifer Koh Demonstrate Mastery of Tchaikovsky

By Ted McIrvine CVNC.org The 2016-17 season of the Asheville Symphony began with a splendid concert. Music Director Daniel Meyer conducted an all-Tchaikovsky program that concluded with the impressive Jennifer Koh as soloist in the Violin Concerto in D. In comments at UNC-Asheville the previous day, Maestro Meyer said that as a young conductor, he […]

Review: Meyer and Bailey with the Asheville Symphony Thrill in Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway”

By Laura McDowell CVNC.org May 14, 2016 – Asheville, NC: The Asheville Symphony‘s Masterworks 7 concert, the last in their 2015-16 season, played to all the strengths of this remarkable orchestra. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the program featured Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Dvořák’s iconic standard Symphony No. 9 in […]

“The Planets” Concert Review

Asheville Symphony Orchestra Presents Outstanding Performance of Holst’s The Planets By Joshua Hutchins CVNC.org November 21, 2015 – Asheville, NC: On the evening of Saturday, November 21, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, with a little help from the women of the Asheville Symphony Chorus, performed one of the most beloved musical suites of the 20th century […]

3/16/2013 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – THE AMERICAN FOUR SEASONS – Daniel Meyer, conductor Tim Fain, violin Saturday, March 16, 2013 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – “Splendid!” — was my opening comment on the drive home from the recent concert by the Asheville Symphony. Conductor Daniel Meyer devised a novel program for the […]

2/9/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – TCHAIKOVSKY’S PIANO CONCERTO N0. 1 – Daniel Meyer, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano Vivian Smith, narrator Saturday, February 09, 2013 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – A standing ovation with repeated shouts of “Bravo” exploded from the sell-out audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium last Saturday evening as soon as […]

12/16/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS – Daniel Meyer, conductor Jennifer Davison, soprano Deborah Domanski, mezzo soprano Scott Joiner, tenor ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS Dr. Michael Lancaster, director Sunday, December 16, 2012 • 3:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – The Asheville Symphony with the Asheville Symphony Chorus plus three guest […]

11/17/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS 3 • RACHMANINOFF’S PAGANINI VARIATIONS   Daniel Meyer, conductor  Joyce Yang, piano Saturday, November 17, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina  – Review – So spectacular were the pianistic accomplishments of Joyce Yang’s rendition of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43“ that she eclipsed […]

10/13/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS 2 • BRAHMS’ PIANO CONCERTO No. 2 Daniel Meyer, conductor Valentina Lisitsa, piano Saturday, October 13, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83” was the main work last Saturday evening by the Asheville Symphony […]

9/15/2012 Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS 1 • OPENING NIGHT: SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE Daniel Meyer, conductor Chee-Yun, violin Saturday, September 15, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Manuel de Falla’s familiar “Ritual Fire Dance” from the ballet “El amor brujo” (Love, the Magician) was Conductor Daniel Meyer’s selection for opening the […]

Masterworks 7 Concert Review

  ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA   MASTERWORKS 7 • THE PINES OF ROME     Daniel Meyer, conductor  Jennifer Koh, violin Benjamin Hochman, piano  Saturday, May 12, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina  – Review – The title “Spring” might well have been given to all the works on the program of […]

Masterworks 6 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS 6 • MOZART’S “JUPITER” SYMPHONY Daniel Meyer, conductor plus – Attack Theatre – choreography & direction by Peter Kope & Michele de la Reza script adaptation by Jonathan Eaton & costume design by Maribeth Maxa Saturday, April 14, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – […]

Masterworks 5 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS  5 • BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 1 Daniel Meyer, conductor Douglas O’Conner, saxophone Erin Bolshakov and Harby Gonzalez, dance Saturday, March 17, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Conductor Daniel Meyer devised a clever program for the most recent concert by the Asheville Symphony by […]

Masterworks 4 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS  4 • BEETHOVEN’S “PASTORAL” SYMPHONY Daniel Meyer, conductor Jeanette Aufiero, piano Saturday, February 11, 2012 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Asheville Symphony Conductor Daniel Meyer led the orchestra in three strong works of radically different styles Saturday evening in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The […]

Masterworks 3 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS  3 • MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION” SYMPHONY Daniel Meyer, conductor Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano Kendall Gladen, mezzo-soprano Asheville Symphony Chorus Michael Lancaster, guest conductor Western Carolina University Concert Choir Michael Lancaster, director Saturday, November 19, 2011 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Any performance of Gustav Mahler’s […]

Masterworks 2 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS 2 • SORCERER’S APPRENTICE Daniel Meyer, conductor Jason Posnock, violin Saturday, October 15, 2011 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – Conductor Daniel Meyer led the Asheville Symphony in four works for an appreciative audience last Saturday evening in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The concert began […]

Masterworks 1 Concert Review by John Bridges

ASHEVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Masterworks 1 • OPENING NIGHT Daniel Meyer, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano Saturday, September 17, 2011 • 8:00 pm Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina – Review – The Asheville Symphony opened its 51st season last Saturday evening to a near-capacity audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Conductor Daniel Meyer offered a program consisting […]

Masterworks 1 Concert Review by Martha Fawbush

As a member of the large audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday evening, I was looking forward to a fine concert, fully expecting the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and its excellent music director and conductor, Daniel Meyer, to offer a performance as technically brilliant as those I recalled from my pre-Raleigh days. Instead, I experienced one […]