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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