The critics are beginning to weigh in on New Century’s East Coast performances, with two reviews published today about Wednesday’s concert at Mechanics Hall. The Arts Fuse deemed it a “highly satisfying evening of music making that ranged back and forth over two centuries of repertoire.” The Worcester Telegram highlighted the “intense focus and precision” of the “energetic” ensemble. The Telegram also noted the surprises that came after the Mendelssohn, Rossini, Barber, and Bolcom’s Romanza were complete: “As an encore for the standing, cheering audience Salerno-Sonnenberg turned again to Bolcolm who recently has absorbed Scott Joplin’s genius, and composed a piece Bolcolm labeled “Incinerator Rag.” That triggered another encore of a Brazilian love song, languid and touching, almost reassuring that in the long term a new classical music performance might outstraddle disappearance.”
Thursday evening the musicians found themselves in far more modern hall at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a contrast from the 19th Century concert hall in Worcester. After another electrifying performance, the group took today off to explore Boston and rest before the journey to Albany tomorrow.