Newton Symphony Orchestra

Critics Rave

Critics Agree, The NSO is a world class orchestra. Here are excerpts from reviews of past performances.
On Sinfonía da Requiem ("For the Victims of the Holocaust")
Newton, November 1999

"There were hundreds of great orchestral performances this year - dozens of which could qualify as Boston's Best. But this one was a surprise . The NSO is a fine band [and] this world premiere was staggering."
Improper Bostonian

On Chinese and Western Classics
Lincoln Center, April 2001

"The orchestra performed excellently. . When Jeffrey Rink gave the final bows, the entire audience stood up clapping, calling for encores. . It was only after the orchestra and chorus repeated the encore three times that the audience was finally satisfied."
The World Daily and the Overseas Chinese Daily

On Puccini's Tosca
Newton, January 2002

"... a thrilling "Tosca" . it's impossible not to be carried away when the performance is as good as the one the Newton Symphony fielded Sunday night."
The Boston Globe

"Newton orchestra performs spectacular "Tosca" ...Violence has rarely been translated into art with such skill and, yes, dark beauty..."
T J Medrek, The Boston Herald.

On The Yellow River
Carnegie Hall, October 2002

"In the end, when the majestic sounds of the orchestra ended with Jeffrey Rink's baton, the whole audience jumped from their seats, clapping thunderously, with calls for encores from every direction. ... Finally, when "Protect the Yellow River" was repeated as an encore, the majestic music stirred the audience into joining the chorus --- many in the audience were moved to tears."
Boston Chinese News

On Puccini's Madama Butterfly
Newton, January 2003

"Soprano soars in "Butterfly" . The orchestra . played with heart and spirit, and they were in safe hands with Rink, whose work was authoritative and flexible; he commands this style of Italian opera."
The Boston Globe

On Verdi's Macbeth
June 2001 with Concert Opera Boston

"Jeffrey Rink, Boston's pre-eminent Verdi conductor, provided excitement ... The chorus was splendid [and] so was the orchestra.... Rink's decisions about tempo were impeccable"
Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

"The afternoon's mastermind was Music Director Jeffrey Rink, an opera conductor to be reckoned with.... Rink's impressive orchestra and superbly trained chorus conveyed the opera's fresh, dramatic energy and exquisite lyric poise with near perfection."
T. J. Medrek, The Boston Herald.

On Verdi's Otello
June 2000 with Concert Opera Boston

"Jeffrey Rink conducted a world-class concert Otello ... that moved this listener more than many an all-star staging...Once again [Rink] proved himself a capable and committed operatic conductor."
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"The most exciting opera performance of the year was Chorus pro Musica's concert version of Verdi's Otello.... Jeffrey Rink led a hair-raising, thrilling performance."
Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix

On Gounod's Faust
April 1995 with Concert Opera Boston

".Jeffrey Rink ... who must be Boston's most underestimated operatic conductor. Friday's performance was notable for intelligence, panache, style and sensitivity.... Rink swung into the waltz with exhilarating vivacity; the Garden Scene breathed a heavy erotic perfume; the Church Scene and the Prison Scene turned on powerfully direct emotions."
Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

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