The reviews are in for Perry So’s concerts this past weekend with the Sarasota Orchestra!

“Guest conductor Perry So handled the orchestra with confidence and precision and their performance did not disappoint. Opening the concert with a world premiere of Symphony in M-L by Jerry Bilik, they were able to flex their muscles with vigor. . . the performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (Eroica) was invigorating. Conductor So kept a brisk tempo and crisp cohesiveness. Those present noticed that, for the Beethoven, first and second violins were seated antiphonally to the left and right of the conductor with cellos and basses to the back left. This further magnified the clear distinctions among the violins and seemed to bring out the warmth in lower strings. The spectacular result was clearly enjoyed by the audience, cheering for more at the end.” – Sarasota Herald Tribune

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“The Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by Perry So, seemed to nail the perpetual motion of much of the piece, giving us a rousing first hearing that was both accessible and striking. . . Perry So is a dynamic young conductor with much to offer an orchestra. His beat is clear, he doesn’t over-conduct, he’s an excellent accompanist, he breathes with his phrases, and he’s able to bring the best out of his musicians. These traits were most evident in the Sibelius “Valse Triste,” which served as the concert’s encore. Here we heard the versatility of this excellent ensemble, taking them from a whisper of a pianissimo to large, never forced and beautiful fortes. It will be interesting to follow his career.”

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