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F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

“A superlative violin soloist...the highlight of the evening was Denise Dillenbeck playing the violin solo in 'The Lark Ascending' as if it were the last song in the world...Dillenbeck gave it a subtlety, honesty and vulnerability, with a rarefied tone that perfectly captured a soaring, singing bird...”

The Tacoma News Tribune

 

“Simply first-rate.”

​The San Francisco Chronicle

N E W S

The Brahms Violin Concerto is one of the most demanding and beloved pieces out there,” says Sinfonietta co-concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck, who has performed the piece herself. “It’s not only demanding on a technical level, but on an expressive one — the emotions Brahms conjures are varied, deep and intense, and to inhabit his world for 45 minutes is an incredible feat of endurance. … (For Swensen) to be able to hold the world of Brahms’ composition in his head, as well as the needs of all the various players in the orchestra, and his own playing of the solo part, is hard to comprehend. It puts the typical metaphor of a solo concerto, where the soloist is the hero fighting against or working with the masses of the orchestra, into sharp and exciting focus, and seems very appropriate for this piece. And not many are capable of it.”


E V E N T S​

OCT

22

Central Pennsylvania Symphony
Dvorak Violin Concerto
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

JAN

15

Bellingham Symphony
Antonio Vivaldi / Max Richter | The Four Seasons Recomposed
Mount Baker Theatre
Bellingham, Washington

FEB

25

Rainier Symphony
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Foster Performing Arts Center

Tukwila, Washington
W R I T I N G