Solo honors go to cellist Steven Pologe, who worked wonders on the difficult Dvorak Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor…Pologe responded on Sunday’s performance with polished virtuosity, singing tone, and heartfelt musicality…Equally impressive was the poetry with which Pologe infused the plaintive slower passages.
-Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu HI
Pologe wove his cello with deft virtuosity, through paths of beautiful lyricism, frantic agitatos…glissandos and pizzicatos, till finally climaxing in a frenzied dance-like sequence. A most unusual work, and the majority loved it.
-Otago Daily Times, New Zealand
The cello frequently ascends to the upper limits if its register, and the violin part is no less spectacular…The soloists Sunday were outstanding. Pologe and Lucktenberg made their challenging parts sound almost easy, while fully bringing out the music’s expressive qualities…”
-Eugene Register Guard, Beethoven Triple Concerto
Violinist Kathryn Lucktenberg and cellist Steven Pologe play with so much musical sophistication that it sounds as if their instruments are directly attached to their brains. They romped through the Ellen Zwillich Concerto for Violin and Cello with such easy grace, lovely tone, keen pitch and rhythm and overall flair that it wrote itself before our very ears. What a treat to hear two masters with such poise.
-Register Guard, Eugene, OR
Chamber Music Reviews:
“Barber Program was Spectacular”
…Getting the lion’s share of the spotlight was the extraordinary Oregon String Quartet. These outstanding University of Oregon faculty members have careers as soloists, yet they have the ability to coalesce into a stunning ensemble.
-Eugene Register Guard, Eugene, OR
“…MUSICAL HEAVEN: OREGON STRING QUARTET…you will adore William Grant Still’s 1960 string quartet, especially in a performance as sumptuously voiced and stunningly engineered as this…
The rondo-allegro movement was a marvel of lightness and speed. The group gave such a polished performance, one that was light and witty, a shower of applause rained down on them.
-Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor