This year’s Music Now Festival was bigger and better than ever. I did not make it to everything, nor did I love everything that I heard, but much of what I did hear was spectacular. On Thursday, Jeffrey Ziggler blew me away. At the symphony concerts on Friday and Saturday, I heard world premiers of works that I think will be played for years to come. Personally, I am not so excited by the The National that I would go out of my way to hear them in front of an orchestra, but I need to step outside of my comfort zone sometimes, and I am thrilled to see their fans at Music Hall, listening to the music I love.
Of course, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Louis Langrée plays with incredible technical virtuosity, beauty, and energy.
Last year, I was happy with the festival, but in…
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