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"Commanday... has soul. He takes risks. And he has what it takes to make his musicians soar."
(Peoria Journal Star)

"One could not help thinking of the Lenny (Bernstein) himself ... In David Commanday the Bostonians have a remarkable conductor...a splendid personality... radiates quite command, has a superlative conducting technique which he exploits at its highest musical level.... Commanday unfolded Barber's Symphony [No. 1] with ...effervescent brilliance and intelligent creativity."
(Neue Zeit, Berlin, Germany)

"Best non-BSO [Boston Symphony Orchestra] Concert of the Year" ---
"The performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony... moved me more than any other musical event of the season. ... This was something different, the real thing, a genuine performance of a major work, brought with thrilling immediacy of communication ... the best thing of all was the consistent engagement with what the music means. David Commanday can take substantial credit for that; he guided the work surely, kept it on track, built it to an emotionally overwhelming conclusion."
(Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe)

"Commanday again conducted from memory. An overwhelmed audience fervently received his and the orchestra’s performance. Commanday justifiably can lay claim to leading the finest South Carolina Philharmonic concert in years."
(Columbia Free Times)

"Clearly, Commanday isn't satisfied with a business-as-usual concert; he's trying to open up the ears of his listeners, to stir them, lead them. His feeling for and excitement about the music he conducts is palpable and contagious."
(Peoria Journal Star)

[In the pre-concert talk] "it was immediately evident that Commanday is a clear-thinking, brilliant man, possessing a most affable delivery in talking about the music."
(Columbia Free Times)

"Winning enthusiastic standing ovations from the nearly full 1,000-seat auditorium, Commanday is responsible for coaxing the best from his musicians; his own instincts for phrasing, dynamics and tempo made even the familiar musical and operetta selections fresh and lively."
(Peoria Journal Star)

"Commanday is an energetic leader with a direct and emotional approach... His sound at full volume is rich and engaging ... the quieter passages were generally affecting, even moving... One hopes to hear more from this conductor."
(NJ Star-Ledger)

"David Commanday - provided a witty and brief commentary before each piece - it's obvious that there's a healthy bit of Hollywood in Commanday, who … has a sense of drama and an ear for making the most of colorful orchestrations and fine shadings of dynamics..."
(Peoria Journal Star)

[In] "Gershwin's American in Paris... Commanday showed a sure touch throughout, crafting towering string crescendos while at the same time alive to the humorous touches in Gershwin's Parisian hustle and bustle."
(NJ Star-Ledger)

"The thundering climax to Gustav Mahler’s symphony Saturday night … marked a triumph that sent the audience into overtime applause. Over and over, music director David Commanday had to come back onstage to respond to the applause… a spectacular close to the season"
(Peoria Journal Star)

"The Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s evolution under the baton of music director David Commanday has been fascinating to watch. Orchestra members aren’t just showing up for another gig. There’s a real joy in their playing, a certain esprit d/corps. And the repertoire is getting more varied and more playful with every season. The concerts – dare I say it? – actually are fun to attend"
(Peoria Journal Star)

"... The showstopper was Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Commanday controlled dynamics and tempo, allowing the music to breathe and coaxing grand emotion from each section of the orchestra in turn…longtime patrons said this is the best that they ever heard the orchestra sound."
(Mark Whittington, Las Vegas Sun)

"WOW! What an orchestra. And what a conductor. At the opening concert … music director David Commanday received the standing, shouting ovation that has become his hallmark here."
(Peoria Times-Observer)

© David Commanday 2014 • Contact David at maestro@davidcommanday.com