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James Gaffigan returns to guest conduct with the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center this weekend. The
performance Thursday of a Nordic-themed program - including
acclaimed pianist André Watts playing Grieg's Piano Concerto -
earned respectful kudos from the critics.
"The young American demonstrated fastidious command of the orchestra, but also
far rarer virtues of musical shape and expressivity," Scott
Cantrell said in The Dallas Morning News.
Gaffigan's program of pieces by Sibelius and Grieg was "intellectually and emotionally engaging,"
observed Wayne Lee Gay on D magazine's FrontRow. With André Watts
at the piano, Grieg's Piano Concerto "proved as loveable and as
effective as ever as a showpiece for a star performer."
Watts is "one of the best pianists of the era," Gregory
Sullivan Isaacs wrote on TheaterJones. "He proved this again with a
Musicians in the DSO stood out, as well. Co-concertmaster Nathan Olson and
principal cellist Christopher Adkins were singled out
for a "touching dialogue" in the finale of Sibelius's
Rakastava, while "Gaffigan gave the music a fine singer's
sense of phrase, a fine dancer's of buoyancy," Cantrell wrote.
Read the Program Notes
Don't miss your chance to hear André Watts play Grieg. The
program repeats through Sunday afternoon.