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“Bolter spotlighted the showiest aspects…”

...and made it look easy.

(National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.)

Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post

Ben Bolter
2018-02-01T11:49:59+00:00

Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post

...and made it look easy. (National Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.)

“A mesmerizing exploration of resonance”

Bolter also led Northwestern University's Bienen Contemporary Music Ensemble in the Chicago premiere of Hans Thomalla's 'Wonderblock,' a sometimes mesmerizing exploration of resonance. Movement from watery long-sustained tones to ones clipped and dry repaid significant concentration.

Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

Ben Bolter
2018-02-01T11:55:42+00:00

Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune

Bolter also led Northwestern University's Bienen Contemporary Music Ensemble in the Chicago premiere of Hans Thomalla's 'Wonderblock,' a sometimes mesmerizing exploration of resonance. Movement from watery long-sustained tones to ones clipped and dry repaid significant concentration.

“We could only pray that… we could live long enough to experience something this great once again.”

As things progressed, Bolter, standing in the only illuminated spot in the entire auditorium, was swinging his arms wildly, pointing in every direction, increasing excitement as the music got louder and louder. Read the whole review on the press page.

Louis Harris, Third Coast Review

Ben Bolter
2018-02-01T12:10:22+00:00

Louis Harris, Third Coast Review

As things progressed, Bolter, standing in the only illuminated spot in the entire auditorium, was swinging his arms wildly, pointing in every direction, increasing excitement as the music got louder and louder. Read the whole review on the press page.

“Bolter’s spontaneous zestfully-informed gestures…”

... led the musicians and thus the audience in an hour and a half of inspiration amid technical complexity...

Ben Bolter
2018-02-01T11:52:11+00:00
... led the musicians and thus the audience in an hour and a half of inspiration amid technical complexity...

“All business as he wove together Balter’s imaginative soundscape”

… cuing the young musicians at every entrance. As mentioned in his note, Balter sought to create a union between ICE and the youth ensemble, and, in that goal, the music was successful.

Tyler Krause, Chicago Classical Review

Ben Bolter
2018-02-01T12:09:23+00:00

Tyler Krause, Chicago Classical Review

… cuing the young musicians at every entrance. As mentioned in his note, Balter sought to create a union between ICE and the youth ensemble, and, in that goal, the music was successful.