David Bernard was conducting a Brooklyn Symphony concert this weekend when a little boy started talking between two pieces, Firebird and Scheherezade, and would not stop. Audience members told the mother to take him out. The conductor invited the mother and boy to sit in the front row. He […]
The musicians tuned their instruments, the conductor steadied his baton, and the strains of classical music began, but there was one unfamiliar sight: children embedded in the orchestra Sunday at a special performance in Massapequa. More than 70 third graders in the Massapequa School District were immersed in the classical […]
On a November Saturday afternoon at Carnegie Hall, conductor David Bernard was putting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony through its paces, rehearsing the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. That evening’s concert – featuring the PACS, three choruses and a quartet of soloists – was billed as “Honoring Our Veterans,” […]
What if orchestra seats, meant you sat in the orchestra? Sounds great — right? I mean — it sounds great! The acoustics, sitting here among the musicians of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, are amazing. “It came from the idea that the best seat in the house in a classical […]
I was particularly taken with a recent and surprisingly effective recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with David Bernard conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (CD, Recursive Classics RC2057001; download from ClassicsOnline.com). The PACS bulked up to 100 players to record this in a relatively small space at the […]
“Committed and forceful traversals of these formidable scores…Bernard is sensitive to both the eerie and the jubilant aspects that make [Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra] such a singular experience.” –Donald Rosenberg
Using a newly edited and revised version of The Right of Spring to which Bernard himself contributed, this performance brings extraordinary clarity, instrumental balance and an unending series of elegant touches to what is still a very complex score. Anyone hearing this outstanding performance will be captivated by the enormous skill of […]
Recursive Classics has unveiled a release of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – the world premiere recording of an important new edition – coupled with Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra featuring David Bernard conducting the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under the guidance of music director and conductor, David Bernard, presented yet another in a series of superb concerts this past weekend. Mr. Bernard pushed his orchestra deeply into mid-19th century Romanticism with often revelatory results which he drew forth with delicacy and grace.
What was it like to hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for the umpteenth time? Seated within the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony last night at the DiMenna Center, unlike any other. Placing a crowd within various sections of a symphony orchestra is something new and exciting.