STAGE AND CONCERT REVIEWS

 

 

“Orchestra’s new conductor brings echoes of great performances.

 

One of the great pleasures of a music critic is hearing a fine orchestra such as the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra really deliver a performance that is dripping with precision, heart and passion.”

 

Jim Edwards

The Beacon News (Aurora, IL)

 

“So much about this production is great.  The music is nearly spotless

(kudos to conductor Kevin McMahon and the pit orchestra)…”

 

Jeremy Harrell

Isthmus (Madison, WI)

The Secret Garden

 

 

 

“ ‘Capriccio Espagnol,’ by Rimsky Korsakov…romped joyously through the orchestra’s sections…

It was conducted effortlessly by Kevin McMahon.”

 

Jay Rath

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)

UW Symphony Orchestra

 

 

 

“…a nice blend of instruments and voices…”

 

Robert Marsh

Chicago Sun-Times

Madama Butterfly

 

 

 

“The American idiom comes as naturally to these players as breathing, and one could not have hoped to hear Barber’s silken phrases more handsomely spun…the essential framework McMahon established was eminently appropriate and effective.  Thus the performance was full of the heady atmosphere suggested by the text, which describes the smells and sights and sounds of a summer evening in Knoxville.”

 

Howard Reich

Chicago Tribune

Knoxville: Summer of 1915

  

 

“…the result is an evening of entertainment that can hardly be beat…”

 

Robert Rhein

South Bend Tribune (IN)

The Barber of Seville

 

“The concert can best be described as an astonishing display of musicianship and stage presence.”

 

Deirdre Coakley

Gadsden Times (AL)

Etowah Youth Symphony

side by side with the

Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra

 

 

“The Kalamazoo College Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin McMahon,

took its audience on quite an enjoyable trip.”

 

 

 

“…enthusiasm and flashes of truly inspired playing…”

 

 

 

“…(the orchestra) know how to play off one another and off the various motifs in the piece…”

 

Diana Dickerson

Kalamazoo Gazette (MI)

Kalamazoo College/Community Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

“Kevin McMahon and the orchestra responded with musicianship as good as it gets.  McMahon…coaxed more subtlety out of his players that would ordinarily be expected.  McMahon has good instincts

for holding the attention of his listeners though musical flow and variety and contrast.”

 

Walter Skiba

The Times (Hammond, IN)

Northwest Indiana Symphony