Photo: Jon Christopher Meyers © Oregon Bach Festival
Last week saw Matthew Halls conduct the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Haydn, Schubert and Duruflé with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke.
“Schubert would surely have been ecstatic to hear such a thoughtful and revealing performance as Matthew Halls and The Cleveland Orchestra gave his piece.” ClevelandClassic.com
“He brought a keen ear for detail, especially with regard to dynamics and phrasing. Under his watch, the orchestra played the symphony as a pianist might one of Schubert’s sonatas. Robust expression abounded, along with quicksilver changes of mood and transparent textures.” The Plain Dealer
Now in Austria, Halls is rehearsing the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg before they embark upon a tour of the US. The tour, with concerts in New York Lincoln Center, Philadelphia, Newark, Troy and West Palm Beach, features repertoire including Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Mozart Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) and Schubert Symphony No. 3. Joining them throughout the tour is french horn player Radovan Vlatkovic who performs Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3.
After the Mozarteumorchester tour, Halls returns to North America in spring 2017 to conduct the Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras as well as the Calgary Philharmonic.