National Festival Orchestra: Holst’s The Planets
Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate of the Rochester Philharmonic, leads the National Festival Orchestra in a program featuring Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Also on the program, Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche and Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes.
Review by The Washington Post
These musicians, many on the cusp of professional careers, should be proud of their work last week. The winds were particularly clear and solid throughout all sections, the brass in “Saturn” produced a wondrous, bear-like sound, and the atmosphere in the hall (likely with many friends and family present) was like a pep rally.
— ROBERT BATTEY, The Washington Post, June 22, 2014