What's on my desk…
With so many of us at home for the foreseeable future, the trajectory of life has changed profoundly. I find myself with time to do things I had long pushed aside: listening to new or unfamiliar music, practicing the piano, taking on home improvement projects, reading.
And I am thinking about what concerts after Covid-19 might look and sound like. What will we change? What will have changed around us? How can we harness music’s special emotional power for reflection and healing?
Our collective discipline and patience are being sorely tested and for many, livelihood and well-being are under threat. Stay healthy, stay engaged, share (virtually) with friends and family, and support one another. Make or listen to music at home. And please give thanks to all the heroic medical professionals and other essential and emergency workers still out there doing their jobs. We can and will get through this together.
"Mr. Wolff and his young charges closed the concert with a bang-up performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6. The Presto finale, with the young players reveling in the thrill of collective virtuosity, was sheer joy." – The New York Times
"Wolff's Shostakovich 10 was powerful, three-dimensional and devastating, and the Atlanta Symphony blossomed by his approach. Much of the opening movement builds to an unbearable tension. Wolff paced it tautly and meaningfully, with understated authority. When the music finally crossed that emotional threshold and plummeted into some dark netherworld of a broken psyche, Wolff did not, would not, relent... Credit Wolff with delivering the crucial essence of a harrowing masterpiece of the 20th century."
"Conductor Hugh Wolff presided over one of the Utah Symphony’s most high-spirited programs of the season on Friday. From Beethoven’s ever-popular “Leonore” Overture No. 3 to Saint-Saëns’ playful Cello Concerto No. 1 to Charles Ives’ invigorating Symphony No. 2, the concert was a sheer delight."
"Under Wolff's careful guidance, the [Minnesota] orchestra gave this music [Adès] the sort of wham-bam-socko performance it needs. Wolff, the former music director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, is a gifted conductor who should be seen here more often."
"The evening's strength was the conductor, Hugh Wolff, an urbane host who without undue Sturm und Drang made Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony, the composer's third, an absolute delight."
Click here to read the full review from the Washington Post