The biggest drama of the night came with the return of soloist Evelyn Glennie to perform Michael Daugherty’s percussion concerto “Dreamachine.” By now, Daugherty’s music is familiar, yet it remains charming and explosive. Think of turning the pages in a favorite action hero comic book series. The flow of panels offers a pleasing balance of dark shadows and lively colors. And the story always leads to at least one big “ka-pow!”
There was even more of that then usual, given that the stage was full of instruments to bang or strike, also to shake, rattle, jiggle (you get the idea). The movement titled “Rube Goldberg’s Variations” was especially delightful. Here, all of Glennie’s instruments were hand-held, which allowed her to move around. In her own corner of the stage she almost danced. Great fun.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York
17 April 2016