from the Times-Picayune, November 7, 1998

Just like U.S., European music, guest conductor really connects

Excerpted from a review
By Theodore P. Mahane
Classical Music Critic

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The highlight of the night came with the finale, "En Memoria de Chano Pozo," a pulsating tribute to the Cuban percussionist. Composer David Amram joined Eddins and the orchestra for performance and to instruct the audience on its part. Divided into four rhythm sections , concert-goers became part of an extended passages, percussion section clapping out the steady beat.

After a quiet theme introduced on piano by Amram, the Afro-Cuban rhythms take over. Even as various portions of the orchestra perform their solo passages, the energy of that driving beat crescendos until the entire theater is alive with it.


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