REVIEW: Strings shine in spotlight in ProMusica season-ending show

By Jennifer Hambrick / For The Columbus Dispatch

“The ProMusica Chamber Orchestra showed off a different kind of string theory Saturday night at the Southern Theatre, in the first of two season-ending performances of works by Bartok, Mozart and Astor Piazzolla featuring the orchestra’s strings, violin soloist and ProMusica principal guest artist and creative partner Vadim Gluzman and viola soloist Paul Neubauer.

The soloists and a few of ProMusica’s string players first played backup in two selections with students from the United Schools Network in ProMusica’s Play Us Forward program.

ProMusica Music Director David Danzmayr led the orchestra’s strings through a winsome performance of Bartok’s Romanian Dances. The tune of the first dance — “Stick Dance” — had great flair, even if the violin sounded less vibrant than it might have been.

“Sash Dance” was delicate and self-effacing, while “In One Spot” was mysterious and haunting, largely because of the eerie special effects in concertmaster Katherine McLin’s solo.”

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