Winner, 2003 Eduardo Mata
International Conducting Competition
Music Director, Riverside Philharmonic
April 18, 2020
Tomasz Golka, Music Director
Neal Stulberg, piano
T. GOLKA Variations on "The Battle Cry of Freedom"
GERSHWIN - Piano Concerto
T. GOLKA Celsius 233
ROZSA Prelude from "The Killers"
BHERRMANN Overture to "North by Northwest"
BARRY James Bond Medley
WILLIAMS Escape, Chase & Saying Goodbye from "E.T."
"The ensemble of 30-plus players closed the evening with an eye-opening reading of Mendelssohn's familiar "Symphony No. 4 (Italian)." Golka and the players opened the first movement with tremendous vigor, maintaining a crackling energy throughout. Soaring musical statements, delicately layered, cohesive ensemble playing and constant awareness of the piece's structure created a thrilling performance of the entire piece.... Intimacy and well-balanced ensemble interplay were the elements that conductor Tomasz Golka and the players brought to [Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll']. Hearing them play felt like being part of a private conversation, or perhaps reading a tender letter."