Michael Daugherty: “Dreamachine” | Review: Times Union

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. … Read More

John Corigliano: ‘The Conjurer’ | Review: San Antonio Express-News

In perhaps the most unusual piece of the season, percussionist Evelyn Glennie performed John Corigliano’s “Conjurer: Concerto for Percussion” on an array of instruments crossing the entire length of the stage. By one count, Glennie played 33 instruments, or types of instruments, some in multiples and often more than one at a time. […] Although the strings-only orchestra came in … Read More

Anders Koppel: Concerto for Aluphone, Marimba & Orchestra | Review: Nuvo

An unexpected highlight of this program was the U.S. debut of a new percussion instrument, the aluphone, a series of aluminum bells of varying sizes and pitches on a stand six to eight feet in length.   […] Anders Koppel‘s […] Concerto for Aluphone [is] a three movement work which also included a marimba, presumably added for more tonal variety.  Both were played by … Read More

Sean O’Boyle: ‘Portraits of Immortal Love’ | Review: The News Tribune

Petite, with bubbly friendliness and bright red socks (profoundly deaf since childhood, the percussionist hears vibrations through her entire body, including feet onstage), Glennie swept through O’Boyle’s concerto like a graceful whirlwind. From the circular bell melody of the opening over a shimmery string cushion, through the unbelievably fast bell part in the jig, to thundering bass drum and scarily … Read More

Joan Tower: ‘Strike Zones’ | Review: timesunion.com

The piece, Joan Tower’s “Strike Zones,” was masterfully written and brilliantly performed.  Most captivating were a couple of solos by Glennie (cadenzas if you will).  The first was a virtuoso display on the high hat cymbals.  Later came a powerful and complex build up on the drums. The ever graceful Glennie wasn’t the only percussionist actually.  Toward the end of … Read More

Vincent Ho: ‘The Shaman’ | Review: Staff Blogs at post-gazette.com

Dame Evelyn’s tour-de-force performance rounded out the concert. She had a massive percussion set-up that included cymbals, vibraphone, marimba, bass drum, several side drums, bongos, bowls and other instruments. The piece, inspired by shamanism, again harkens by to indigenous traditions of Canada, and it has moments that are both rocking/mesmerizing and downright gorgeous. A few moments stick out in my memory: beautiful vibraphone and Bach-like marimba … Read More

Vincent Ho: ‘The Shaman’ | Review: concertonet.com

Canadian-born Vincent Ho wrote The Shaman Concerto with [Evelyn] in mind, and she was physically and musically the most dazzling thing that could ever be on stage. Her waist-long now white hair did indeed give her the looks of Korean shamans I used to study on the island of Cheju. She walked around the stage to her three ensembles. […] For the … Read More

Vincent Ho: ‘The Shaman’ | Review: New York Classical Review

Ho is the Winnipeg Symphony’s composer in residence, and his concerto […] is swaggering, satisfying and often spectacular. The Shaman opens with a deeply ritualistic “Ritual” movement, with Glennie sliding between three different percussion stations and playing her way through the bulk of her kit for the piece. […] Together, orchestra and soloist produced a dramatically robust sound. Ho uses … Read More

Vincent Ho: ‘The Shaman’ | Review: Winnipeg Free Press

Vincent Ho’s The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra premièred by the WSO in 2011 is a powerhouse work that showcases Scottish dynamo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The mostly older audience of 1,800, impressed by the sheer fury and might of Ho’s three-movement work (with interlude) leapt to their feet in a rousing standing ovation, with cries of bravo for … Read More