Loudspeakers complicate effort to span sonic divide

by Bernard Holland
Excerpt of article from the New York Times, 2005.02.28
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/28/arts/music/28comp.html
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[After saying that the other parts of the program was less than perfect it went on to say this about Danny]
Danny Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana, on the other hand, is music that works. With six movements, rolling piano solos (by Christopher Oldfather) and the charming hoots and chirps of eight female voices (the ACO Singers under Judith Clurman), Mr. Elfman gave us music comfortable in its own world and highly professional in its execution. Hollywood, you say. Better good Hollywood music than second-rate Brahms. The composer of this piece has an ear for symphonic colors and how to balance them.
The American Composers Orchestra and its conductor Steven Sloane seemed to sense the quality. Serenada Schizophrana was more smoothly and tightly played than anything else on the program. It was a big and unusual kind of audience for a symphony event: the young and the near young were everywhere one looked; many were presumably there to hear Mr. Summers, the historic one-time rocker-guitarist with the Police.
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