“Who would have thought that one of the year’s most stunning moments in classical music would have taken place in the middle of the day at a landmark, downtown church? On the podium, Dorrit Matson calmly and assuredly led the ensemble through a seamless yet thrilling Romantic program rich with feeling and melody.”
“Many years – maybe decades – before Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic were thrilling audiences with the sweep and majesty and blustery fun of Carl Nielsen’s symphony cycle, maestro Dorrit Matson was doing the same thing and more with the New York Scandia Symphony. She and the orchestra specialize in both classical repertoire and contemporary music from the Nordic countries. Much of what they play is rare and relatively obscure, at least south of the aurora borealis flickering, which makes them a unique and important part of this city’s cultural fabric. And they are not such a secret anymore: From the looks of it (a few empty seats in the balconies) their Thursday night concert at Symphony Space was sold out. The orchestra awarded the crowd with rousing, dynamic versions of material that for the most part is not typical for them.”
“The New York Scandia Symphony’s marathon concert yesterday at Trinity Church was exhausting yet exhilarating for musicians and audiences alike, reaching a level of intensity envied by most players and rarely experienced by the average concert goer.” Alan Young, Lucid Culture.