Critical praise from our October 2011 collaboration with American Opera Projects of Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony:
“…Mr. Glass originally scored the work for string quintet, a medium associated, he says, with introspection and intimacy. Whatever intimacy may have been sacrificed when the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performed here, conducted by Eli Spindel, was more than compensated for by the vivid intensity of the interpretation.
Mr. Spindel elicited sharply defined, urgent playing that illuminated every mood of this haunting score, from the throbbing ostinatos and angry surges to meditative, eerie sweetness. Most dramatic are the sudden pauses, like the abrupt silence that follows the Officer’s grotesque death.” –VIVIEN SCHWEITZER full article
“…[an] excellent orchestra” – HEIDI WALESON full article
“…a masterful concert presented by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn this past Saturday evening. I was among the many who strained a bit to take in the classical chords of this fine group over the whoops and shouts associated with nearby sports and family gatherings. The sounds of a park at play seemed at times to compliment the music nicely.” – DAN ELHKE full article