From the Press

SATURDAY JULY 20, 2013

JEFF DEMARCO - PENINSULA REVIEWS

"Rameau is often credited with being the first composer to bring the clarinet into the orchestra, and clarinetists Ginger Kroft and Erin Finkelstein truly made those parts sing."

SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2012

LYN BRONSON - PENINSULA REVIEWS

"The Monterey Symphony rang down the 2011-2012 season’s curtain with a rousing performance of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. it is a supremely effective piece, and it shows off an orchestra at its best. During the ecstatic applause and standing ovation at its conclusion, there were lots of orchestra members singled out by Director Max Bragado-Darman for special acclaim. Among them were Erin Finkelstein (clarinet)...In the beginning half of the concert we heard some well-known and popular works, two selections from Smetana’s Má Vlast (the Moldau and Šárka) . . . No matter how many times you have heard 'The Moldau,' on this occasion it sounded especially vibrant and fresh as it received a thrilling performance."

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2012

LYN BRONSON - PENINSULA REVIEWS

" The principal work on the program was Rimsky-Korsakov’s great tone poem 'Scheherazade.' No matter how many times you have heard this work, and no matter how familiar you are with the tale that inspired it, you can never fail to be bewitched by its magic, its mystical colors and the instrumental virtuosity needed to produce a satisfying orchestral performance. Especially impressive in the performance we heard Sunday afternoon were the principal players . . . clarinet Erin Finkelstein (wow, what an impressive solo) . . ."

"By any standard, the Monterey Symphony . . . turned in a whale of performance that created a firestorm of applause at its conclusion. "

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 07, 2009

STEPHEN THOMAS - THE MODESTO BEE

" The evening’s second half consisted of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, a great and accessible work . . .The second movement was notable for its careful pacing of phrase . . . Also notable was the exceptional dynamic range and tonal blend in the passages played together by clarinets Karen Wells  and Erin Finkelstein. . . "

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2007

GLENN PILLSBURY - STOCKTON RECORD

"The performance paired the classical style of Mozart's well-known Symphony No. 40 with the romanticism of Mahler's Symphony No. 4. . .Filled with a variety of small-instrument groupings and melodies, the opening two movements got things off to an engaging start. The winds had much of the say here, with clarinetist Erin Finkelstein. . . creating an elegant blend and jaunty texture. . ."

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2007

GLENN PILLSBURY - STOCKTON RECORD

"The symphony closed the concert with the crowd-pleasing bang of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio espagnol," written less than 10 years after Dvorak's "Serenade." While it returned us to the musical language of the earlier work, the Capriccio strikes its own novel path in its emphasis on solo instruments within an orchestral soundscape.
The symphony's lively and nuanced presentation also benefited from engaging performances by . . . and Erin Finkelstein on clarinet."