Classical music review

Tilson Thomas and New World serve up fresh and ferocious Tchaikovsky

Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas

South Florida Classical Review

Few composers rival Tchaikovsky in popularity. If the New World Symphony's weekend “Tchaikovsky Celebration" wasn't ground-breaking in its programming, it presented polished, intensely realized performances that rediscovered the freshness and greatness of well-loved classics.

The evening began Friday with a disappointment when a message flashed on the screen above the stage at New World Center that the young cellist Matthew Allen had canceled his appearance for health reasons. And so instead of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, we had the composer's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture.

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