Rehearsing “Carmen Ballet” at Northwestern University Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
Daniel Spalding is one of the most innovative conductors on today’s music scene…Evocative lighting effects enhanced the entire concert. Daniel Spalding is clearly rethinking the concert format. His combination of interesting programming, thoughtful commentary, and flamboyant musicianship were altogether winning. A great holiday musical package!
- LAWRENCE BUDMAN (CRITIC FOR MIAMI HERALD, FLORIDA, USA)
GROUP DAZZLES WITH PRECISION, FLAIR (headline)
Excitement was the key word at the Kravis Center Sunday evening, when the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra presented a fiery program. . . The ensemble of strings left nothing to be desired… The audience loved its performance, as evidenced by the shouts heard as the music ended…(they) gave a standing ovation. They recognized that they had heard a very unusual program of familiar and unfamiliar works played with precision and flair by a highly skilled ensemble. This spirited romp was nothing short of breathtaking
- PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS, FLORIDA, USA
Conductor Daniel Spalding found a lovely, buoyant pulse that made the music sing. . . the exotic, staggering beauty of Mahler was conveyed with amazing precision and concentration.
- CITY PAPER, PHILADELPHIA, USA
The Audience Awaits in Rosario, Argentina
A riveting performance at the Mozarteum. . . a truly magical evening. . . a night of outstanding music that left the audience hoping to be revisited soon by this American ensemble.
- LA CAPITAL, ROSARIO, ARGENTINA
I’ve seen several conductors lead their orchestras from the harpsichord or the piano, Baroque-style. Daniel Spalding trumped them all when he announced he was going to resurrect his youthful training and conduct the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra from the snare drum. Spalding’s stunt worked because the piece in question was Ravel’s Bolero, in which the snare drum taps away through the entire score. His tour de force contributed some useful charm to one of the more over-familiar works in the repertoire. Seated in front of his orchestra, his back to his young musicians, Spalding looked like he was leading a village band through one of its local dance numbers. The other items on the Virtuosi program were Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and a suite by Debussy. Both received solid performances. . .
- BROAD STREET REVIEW, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Daniel Spalding and the orchestra performed with extraordinary virtuosity, drawing incessant and warm applause from the public.
- VOCE VAI, CAMPOS DOS JORDAO, BRAZIL
Breathtaking. . . a well deserved encore and several curtain calls.
- THE ROYAL GAZETTE, BERMUDA
PIANIST, ORCHESTRA MESMERIZING (headline) “A bounteous assortment of old favorites and fascinating rarities were presented with loving enthusiasm, and at times blazing passion, by an international dozen- and-a-half brilliant musicians, as virtuosic as their title promised…The group performs more like a large string quartet than a small orchestra. They are constantly aware of each other, and their darting glances, raised eyebrows and small smiles fill the stage as much as their supple runs and full sonority.”
- MONTANA STANDARD
PHILADELPHIANS PLAY BACH, MOZART WITH VIRTUOSITY (headline)
“The Philadelphia Virtuosi… played like a finely oiled machine…The audience gave the charismatic husband and wife team and their orchestra one more standing ovation as they left the stage.”
- BILLINGS GAZETTE
The musicians under Daniel Spalding seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience members were. . . the performance was marvelous.
- THE TIMES, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY, USA
The 26th Bermuda Festival got off to a rousing start with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s performance. Mr. Spalding led a score that was at turns languid, fast and fierce. . . Overall, this is as rocking as one would imagine a chamber orchestra could get—a fact underscored by the long, standing ovation that closed the evening.
- BERMUDA SUN, BERMUDA
Spalding’s execution was excellent throughout the evening and helped generate three encores.
- THE HAWKEYE, BURLINGTON, IOWA, USA
Under the baton of their conductor, Daniel Spalding, the ballet Carmen resulted in a vibrant exploration of these well-traveled melodies and rhythms. Palpitating, vigorous, with impeccable cohesion and tuning, this first piece by the Virtuosi was received with great enthusiasm.
- MIAMI HERALD, MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
Under American conductor Daniel Spalding, the transparency intrinsic in a chamber orchestra was delivered in detailed nuances…This was not just a concert, it was a fulfillment of what fine music making really means. Let’s bring the Philadelphia Virtuosi back soon. It is magnificent.
- SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUN, CALIFORNIA, USA
Performing Shostakovich at the Kutztown Summer Music Festival
PHILADELPHIA VIRTUOSI ORCHESTRA PROVES ARTFUL, ENERGETIC (headline)
The performance of the orchestra as a whole was of the highest quality throughout this most artful of pieces, and Spalding’s conducting throughout the evening was subtle, nuanced and showed perfect command of this mostly young, masterful ensemble.
- READING EAGLE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
Strikingly fine playing by the musicians and Spalding’s sympathetic conducting contributed greatly to the impact of the program. . . The audience responded enthusiastically to the music, calling the performers back for a repeat bow at the finish.
- THE TIMES, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY