Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer
The reading of this exuberant and optimistic symphony that followed was enthusiastic and ... quite satisfying, thanks to Dorman’s overall conception of the piece, and the energy of the ensemble’s young players.
There also was every reason to linger through Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony. The famous ending, with players trickling off stage, was as humorous as always. Meanwhile, the performance under Dorman, full of fire and vim, was uncommonly spirited.
Dorman skillfully led the 40-piece chamber orchestra in nuanced and nearly flawless performances of his own Concerto Grosso, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two oboes and two clarinets, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, and the first of five different Mozart concertos with guest violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
The orchestra under Dorman was similarly effective....the conductor drew from the group a buoyant, expressive reading. Much as a gifted piano accompanist knows when to support and when to lead, so did Dorman’s ensemble shift fluidly between supportive and commanding roles