An impression sticks with me more than any from the concert: Patel’s arms wide in the most effusive moments of the Sibelius, marking the beat in great, sweeping gestures, and you could almost feel his muscles quiver as he coaxed the most from his players. I feel something deep within, a soaring, emotional pull. Then the final pluck of the strings in the movement, and those arms slowly lowering to a hushed conclusion: dramatic without being heavy-handed. The applause in the Saroyan is long and effusive. One person tells me at the reception: “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the string section really smile.”
"From the fiery final movement of Dvorak’s Ninth (“New World”) Symphony to Gustav Holst’s thundering “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets, Patel unleashed the orchestra’s brilliance and propulsive drive with complete assurance. He has been with the orchestra since September, and from all appearances has won their eager confidence."
"At the conclusion, Patel also was called back repeatedly and, in a lovely touch of humility not often seen by conductors, indicated that the bountiful applause belonged to the instrumentalists. Wow!– a conductor who treats the players like the partners they really are. In reply, the orchestra gave their guest conductor its own brand of applause. You don't see that so often in concerts."
May 5-6, 2018
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus
Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard
Sameer Patel, guest conductor
Music of Schoenberg, Takemitsu, Messiaen, Lash, and Stravinsky
Mandeville Audiorium, UCSD
May 19-20, 2018
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Sameer Patel, guest conductor
Joshua Roman, cello
Music of Shostakovich and Derrick Spiva, Jr.
Alex Theatre (May 19) and Royce Hall (May 20)
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Sameer signs to exclusive world management with Kanzen Arts, represented by veteran manager Earl Blackburn.
"Patel Leads a Glorious Sibelius Fifth Symphony to Remember" - click here to read the review on Sameer's subscription debut with the San Diego Symphony!
Sameer to return to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2018-2019, for his third visit since 2014. More info here!
Sameer joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra once again for their Gala performance featuring the music of Prokofiev, Derek Bermel, and Mozart. More here!
Click here to watch Sameer leading the San Diego Symphony in Liszt's Les Preludes and the World Premiere of Adam Schoenberg's Orchard in Fog with Anne Akiko Meyers.
Sameer will guest conduct the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in their May 2018 subscription performances. The concerts feature cellist Sheku-Kanneh Mason, who was the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016, and a world premiere by Derrick Spiva Jr. Click here for program information!
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