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E4TT is the 2021 WINNER of The American Prize for Chamber Music Performance and was awarded second place for the 2021 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.

E4TT's fourth release, "The Guernica Project" (Centaur CRC 3946), won a Gold Medal in the 2022 Global Music Awards and is available to stream on Amazon.com or anywhere else you purchase, stream or download your music. It consists of 21st music honoring the 85th anniversary of Picasso's iconic masterpiece inspired by the bombing of the town of Gernika in 1937. Download the booklet here or view it as a flipbook.

E4TT's third release, "Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan," won a Silver Medal in the 2020 Global Music Awards and is available for streaming or downloading at iTunes, YouTubeMusic, Amazon.com, Deezer, or Spotify, or you can purchase a CD from E4TT. It honors the centennial of Paul Celan (1920-1970) whose work speaks to his experiences under a brutal regime, via premiere recordings by David Garner, Jared Redmond, Libby Larsen, and Stephen Eddins, plus Anthony Milosz reading his father's poem, and is part of the group's Jewish Music & Poetry Project. Download the booklet here or view it as a flipbook.

E4TT's second release, "The Hungarians: From Rózsa to Justus" (Centaur CRC 3660), won a Gold Medal in the 2018 Global Music Awards and is available for streaming or downloading at iTunes, YouTube Music or Amazon.com. It consists of music by four Hungarian composers killed or exiled in the Holocaust, Miklos Rozsa, Sandor Vandor, Lajos Delej, and Gyorgy Justus, and is part of the group's Jewish Music & Poetry Project. Download the booklet here.

E4TT's debut CD, "Surviving: Women's Words" (Centaur CRC 3490), won a Silver Medal in the 2016 Global Music Awards and is available at Amazon,HB Direct, or Arkiv Music or or directly from E4TT. It consists of four song cycles written for E4TT for soprano and piano and soprano, cello, and piano by David Garner to poems by Mascha Kaleko, Rose Auslaender, Else Lasker-Schueler and Yala Korwin and is part of the group's Jewish Music & Poetry Project.

Album of the Week

"Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan" was chosen July 16, 2020 for C4NM's Album of the Week. "The members of Ensemble For These Times are longstanding, expert champions of forgotten work by those nearly lost to history, as well as bringing up new voices who have meaningful new work to share. Their newest recording is further evidence of this mission." (Curator Kurt Rohde).


About the Commissions from E4TT's 2023 Call for Scores
Ensemble for These Times Announces the Winning Commissions from Its 2023 Call for Scores (Afton Wooten, Opera Wire)
Ensemble for These Times Announces Winners of 2023 Call for Scores with Luna Composition Lab Alums (A.A.Christi, Broadway World)

About "Expression: Ism"
Choices for April 5-7, 2024 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
E4TT Announces Its Annual Commissions Concert 'Expression: Ism' (Afton Wooten, Opera Wire)

About "Quest" and E4TT's 2023 Call for Scores
Ensemble for These Times' Quest for Repertoire (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
Center for New Music: January, 2024 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
E4TT Reveals Winner of its Call for Scores With Luna Composition Lab Alums (Chris Ruel, Opera Wire)
E4TT Reveals Winner of its Call For Scores With Luna Composition Lab Alums (Stephi Wild, Braodway World)

About "Transformations"
Back to classics: fall music preview (Philip Campbell, Bay Area Reporter)
E4TT Reveals Season Opener, TRANSFORMATIONS (Stephi Wild, Broadway World)

About E4TT's 2023/24 Season
Schoenberg’s late Romantic masterpiece headlines a program of new music (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle)
Ensemble for These Times Announces 2023-24 Season (David Salazar, Opera Wire)
E4TT Announces 2023/24 Season Plans (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Crystal: 15th Anniversary Celebration"
E4TT: Celebrating Contemporary Classical (Jeff Kaliss, Noe Valley Voice)
Free springtime arts and entertainment events are flourishing around the Bay Area (Anne Schrager, SF Chronicle Datebook)
Choices for June 2-24, 2023 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Fractured Light"
E4TT to Present Annual Commissions Concert (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Call for Scores: Solo Piano"
Ensemble for These Times: Solo Piano (Do the Bay)

About "CelesTrios"
Old First Concerts: October, 2022 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About E4TT's 15th Anniversary Season
E4TT Unveils 2022-23 Season (David Salazar, OperaWire)
E4TT Announces 2022/23 Season Plans (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood: Encore
E4TT to Revisit "Emigres & Exiles" Program (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "The Guernica Project" CD
Shameless Promotion of Local Artists: Bay Area Recordings 2022 (SF Classical Voice)

About "Dark Universe/ Mysterious Spaces"
Small Group Revival: April Concerts for the Adventurous (Michael Zwiebach, SF Classical Voice)

About "Below the Surface: Music by Women Composers"
Omicron options: How to enjoy Bay Area arts offerings while hunkering down (Anne Schrager, SF Chronicle Datebook)
Program Content of January E4TT Concert (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Piano Recital"
Center for New Music: November, 2021 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Alchemy"
Staying Home? Here are Some Virtual Ways to See Bay Area Live Performances (Anne Schrager, SF Chronicle Datebook)
Alchemy in San Francisco at Old First Presbyterian Church (Do the Bay)
Old First Concerts: October, 2021 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About E4TT's 2021/22 Season
E4TT Announces 2021/22 Season Plans

About "Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood: Series Finale" (stream)
Datebook Pick: Ensemble for These Times explores music of the '30s and '40s (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle)
Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood (Jesse Hamlin, curator, SF/Arts)
Play On, California (Jeffrey Freymann, Gail Eichenthal and Zosha Millman, KDFC)
Center for New Music: June, 2021 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "The Cassandra Project: Women's Prophetic Voices" (live stream)
E4TT's Cassandra Project to Premiere Four Commissions" (Paul Kotapish, SFCV)
E4TT to Honor "Prophetic" Cassandra" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Rhapsody: Music by Women Composers" (live stream)
The Sit List: 5 Berkeley Events to Broaden Your Horizons (Minhae Shim Roth, Berkeleyside)
Play On, California (Jeffrey Freymann, Gail Eichtenthal, and Zosha Millman, KDFC)
AND Play On, California (Jeffrey Freymann, Gail Eichtenthal, and Zosha Millman, KUSC)
Stream This! (Peter Feher, SF Classsical Voice)
E4TT Updates Plans for January (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
Center for New Music: January, 2021 (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan"
Shameless Promotion of Local Artists Bay Area Recordings in 2020 (Paul Kotapish, SFCV.org)

About "(Re)Imagine: Old Becomes New" (live stream)
E4TT Announces 2020/21 Season Plans (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Dreams of Distant Galas" online virtual CD Release Party
"A Timely Musical Celebration of One of the Great Poets of the Holocaust" (New York Music Daily)
"E4TT to Live Stream CD Release Party" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Blooming Flowers: Music by Women Composers" online on C4NM's Encore Concerts
"Recommended: Music We Think You Should Listen to " (Michael Zwiebach, SFCV.org)

About #ConcertHallatHome
"In the Season of the Virus, the Online Concert Comes of Age" (Peter Feher, SFCV.org)

About "Mothers & Daughters"
"Choices for March 6-8, 2020" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Blooming Flowers: Music by Women Composers"
"Center for New Music: January 2020" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About E4TT at SF Music Day
"SF Music Day Incubates Fresh Artistry and Ideas" (Jeff Kaliss, SFCV.org)
"SF Music Day is an eclectic free-for-all -- it's all free" (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle)
Amazing SF Music Day is a huge smorgasbord -- and the feasting is free" (Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News)

About "The Film Noir Project"
"E4TT Commissions Inspired By Classic Film Genre" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood"
"Ensemble showcases Jewish composers' impact on Hollywood music" (Brooke Cusick, Daily Bruin)
"What's Happening: Ensemble for These Times"(Ryan Torok, Jewish Times)
"Hollywood Exiles" (Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle)
"Choices for October 19-21, 2018"(Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)

About "Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan"
"Celan for these times" (Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle)
"Choices for April 15, 2018" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
E4TT Concert Feat: Czeslaw Milosz & Aleksandra Kaca", (Polish Music Center Newsletter)

About "The Hungarians: From Rozsa to Justus"
Shameless Promotion of Local Artists: Bay Area Recordings in 2018" (Paul Kotapish, SFCV.org)

About 56x54: E4TT's First Call for Scores
"Choices for January 26, 2019, and Beyond" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
Joshua Kosman's Classical Music Picks (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle)
From the SF/Arts Curator (Jesse Hamlin, SF/Arts)
Think you know the cello? This SF concert might change all that (Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News)
E4TT to Conclude Tenth Season at O1C (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"Ensemble Champions New Music from Around the World" (Joshua Kosman, SFGate.com)
"June Will Begin With a Very Busy Sunday" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"New Music Bonanza: 56x54 #1"(Janos Gereben, SFCV.org)
(Find out about the composers chosen from our 2016 CALL FOR SCORES.)

About the "Guernica" Project
"An Ensemble Asks What Picasso's "Guernica" Means in These Times" (Mark MacNamara, SFCV.org)
"Intriguing Alternatives in Early April" (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"Guernica Commemoration" (Jeff Kaliss, Noe Valley Voice, p. 8)
"Guernica" Project Concert to Honor Bombing of Gernika" (Nancy Zubiri, Euskal Kazeta Basque News)
Weekend Plans? We've Got Some Ideas (March 30 Edition)(Georgia Rowe, East Bay Times)
"The world premiere of Ensemble for These Times (E4TT)’s 'The Guernica Project' celebrates the 80th anniversary of Picasso’s 'Guernica' with music by Zavala & Carro and Hoover & Bermel" (Spain-USA Foundation Concert Listing)
"U.S. premiere of "Picasso Ricercar" Will Be at the Berkeley Piano Club" (Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle)
From the SF/Arts Curator (Betsy Crabtree, SF/Arts)

About "International/Modern" and International Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert
E4TT will Preview an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program at Noontime Concerts (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio)
"In Music We Trust: Presidio Sessions Opens a Cool New Year" (Mark MacNamara, SFCV.org)
Ensemble for These Times: International Holocaust Rememberance Day (Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest San Francisco Concert Listing)

About the Jewish Music & Poetry Project
"Holocaust Remembrance with Works by Korngold and Waxman" (Janos Gereben, SFCV.org)
"Group Revives Works of Those Who Perished in the Holocaust" (Dan Pine, J.The Jewish News of Northern California)
Jewish Music & Poetry Project Premieres Latest Commissions" (German Consulate General, SF, Concert listing)

TV, Radio, and Podcast Interviews

E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on KRON4's "Live in the Bay" About "Mosaic: Music by Women and Nonbinary Composers" (Olivia Horton, Live in the Bay, KRON 4)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on "Mosaic" on WCMU About "The Guernica Project" (go to 10:12 a.m.) (David Nicholas, Mosaic, WCMU.org)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness and Dale Tsang interviewed on"Contemporary Classics" on WRUU FM About "The Guernica Project" (Dave Lake, Contemporary Classics, WRUU.org)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on the Harmonious World Podcast About the "Guernica Project" (Hilary Seabrook, Harmonious World Podcast)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on WFSU FM About "The Guernica Project" (Stephanie Pieczynski, WFSU Classical and the Arts, WFSU.org)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on North Cotswold Community Radio's "Cooler Classics" on "In the Cooler," About "The Guernica Project" (Peter Lewis, "Cooler Classics," NCCR)
E4TT's Nanette McGuinness interviewed on KALW's "Open Air" about "Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan" (David Latulippe, Open Air, KALW.org)
E4TT musicians and composers interviewed on KALW's "Open Air" on April 5, 2018 (go to 30:25)(David Latiluppe, Open Air, KALW.org)
Nanette McGuinness interviewed by David Osenberg on Cadenza at WWFM.org (David Osenberg, Cadenza, WWFM.org)
A War Atrocity Inspires Twice (Jeffrey Freymann, Culture/The State of the Arts, KDFC.org)


Recording Reviews

"The Guernica Project"
"Every work on this CD is well-crafted, sincere, and performed with sensitivity." (Mark Estren, Transcentury Communications)

"Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan"
"An imaginatively conceived and curated set whose release coincides with the centenary of the poet's birth...." [In Die eichne Tür (The Oaken Door)] "vocal and instrumental passages alternate effectively, with the tension induced by five poetic renderings alleviated slightly by two robust interludes. Enhancing McGuinness, who gives powerful voice to Celan's texts, is distinguished playing by Reynolds, Blumberg, Lerner, and Zhao, with all five honouring Garner's creation with fully committed performances. Complementing it is Nachtlang (Nightlong), the 2017 two-part work by Redmond (b. 1986), that sets Celan's “Notturno” (Night) and “Einmal” (“Once”) to arrangements for soprano, cello, and piano. For twelve minutes, the piece advances from the spectral shadows of its opening movement into a creeping second that curdles as tantalizingly. Setting the stage for the album-closing A Song on the End of the World (2018) by Stephen Eddins (b. 1954), also scored for soprano, cello, and piano, is a reading of Milosz's poem by the late writer's son, Anthony. The shift from the dark atmospherics of the Redmond work to spoken word is so dramatic it's pretty much a non sequitur, but the effect isn't displeasing, especially when Anthony's unaccompanied reading of the text is so gripping. The reinstatement of the chamber presentation for Eddins's portentous setting ends the recording on a satisfying note, its slow fade punctuated by McGuinness's repeated intonation “No other end of the world will there be.” Performances and compositions aside, one of the major reasons why the recording rewards has to do with sequencing. In presenting works that are thematically linked yet also contrasting, Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan plays like an in-concert presentation with different ensemble groupings taking the stage in turn. That makes for a constantly stimulating and engaging result when the listener is always excitedly anticipating the next part of the programme." (Textura)

"Paul Celan was one of the 20th century’s most profound poets. To listen to this breathtaking recording of his poetry is to be drawn to its haunting beauty as if by gossamer strings. Elliptical, rhythmically spellbinding, each word obdurate and as inward as a geode, Celan’s poems embody a conviction that the truth of what has been broken and torn must be told with a jagged grace. And few – if any – recordings of his work tell their truth better than Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan by Ensemble for These Times. This recording features almost an hour of poetry echoing with heart-aching emotion delivered in a kind of near-spiritual quietude. A unique atmosphere is created by the disc’s opening track: Libby Larsen’s 4½: A Piano Suite brought to eloquent life by pianist Xin Zhao. Then follows Die eichne Tür, the cycle of Celan poems set to music by David Garner. The Ensemble’s performance is both poised and haunting, and is raised to a rarefied realm by lustrous and soaring, songful recitatives executed by the inimitable Nanette McGuinness, More of the transcendent beauty of Celan’s work unfolds in Jared Redmond’s Nachtlang before we are treated to the extraordinary recitation of another celebrated poet, Czeslaw Milosz’s A Song on the End of the World by Milosz’s son Anthony, followed by the disc’s dénouement: a rapturous performance of Milosz’s poem which unfolds with poise and sensual fluidity from the lips of the magnificent McGuinness." (Raul da Gama at The Whole Note)

"Taken as a whole, this is an ambitious undertaking...One might even conjecture that [pianist] Zhao had acquainted herself with the texts of both Celan and Milosz while preparing her approach to Larsen’s suite. Similarly, the two interludes that Garner composed for Die eichne Tür tend to resonate with the expressive rhetoric of the Celan poems set in the other five movements." (Stephen Smoliar at The Rehearsal Studio)

"Only those with heads buried deep in the nuclear sand may fail to understand why music rooted in the Holocaust speaks so clearly to our present-day realities. On their third recording, Once/Memory/Night: Paul Celan, Bay Area chamber group Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) proves the relevancy of their name by recording three commissions that set the deeply unsettling poetry of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan (1920–1970) and his contemporary, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Miłosz (1911–2004). Somewhat deceptively, the recording begins with Libby Larsen’s mostly upbeat, 10-minute 4½: A Piano Suite (2016). Fetchingly performed by E4TT guest pianist Xin Zhao, its five movements are easily accessible, rhythmically engaging, extremely beautiful, refined in places, and ultimately playful. Save for the short fourth movement, In Memoriam, they soften you up for the seven movements of composer and E4TT co-founder David Garner’s Die eichne Tür (The oaken door, 2017) that follow. Performed by soprano and E4TT co-founder Nanette McGuinness, guest English hornist Laura Reynolds, violinist Ilana Blumberg, cellist Anne Lerner, and Xin Zhao, Garner’s Die eichne Tür includes settings of five deeply personal poems by Celan that, in English translation, are anything but an easy ride... [T]he two songs that comprise composer Jared Redmond’s Nachtlang (Nightlong, 2017) are especially effective because words and music are so closely aligned. The chilling essence of the first song, “Notturno” (Nocturne), is rendered all the more effective by McGuinness’s skillful deployment of her low range.
The recording ends with a double gift. Anthony Miłosz, who translated his father’s poem, “A Song at the End of the World” (1944) into English, brings an air of authenticity to the presentation by reciting the words. Then, McGuinness sings Stephen Eddins’s eponymous six-plus-minute setting from 2018, with accompaniment by Lerner and Xin Zhao. This is far more accessible poetry and music, with nothing hidden, and the music is as direct as it is moving." (Jason Victor Serinus at SFCV.org)

"The Hungarians: From Rozsa to Justus"
"Lerner-Wright and Tsang knew how to tap into the rhetorical side of Rósza’s Opus 8 duo, making it clear that there was more to the music than the composer’s skill in reflecting Hungarian idioms." (Stephen Smoliar at The Rehearsal Studio)

"Surviving: Women's Words"
"With the release of this deeply moving and well-conceived project, the San Francisco-based Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) has put forth a superb and relevant spoken word and musical recording...Now more than ever, as the U.S. experiences a déjà vu of hatred and is poised on the brink of societal unravelling, the potent and timeless messages of survival, love, tolerance and forgiveness contained on this brilliant presentation need to resonate throughout the world." (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke at The Whole Note)

"...four passionate meditations on the Holocaust experience delivered through a unique and highly compelling pair of voices, those of both composer and singer." (Stephen Smoliar at Examiner.com)

"fascinating...Garner’s music is difficult but compelling, varied and harmonically interesting… [McGuinness] manages the vocal and musical challenges well." (Erin Heisel at American Record Guide)

"The heartrending words put both darkness and hope in a poetic light. Garner's music brings out the moods and is extremely well done. Recommended." (Grego Applegate Edwards at Classical-Modern Music Review)

"Garner’s settings are effective, particularly in the longest work here, Chanson für Morgen (2012) to words by Mascha Kaléko (1907-1975)... The pieces’ effectiveness lies in the way they speak of the destruction of Judaism and Jewish culture in Eastern Europe while making the loss of history and of a sense of belonging into a wider experience, not one unique to Jews or to a specific time period." (Mark Estren, TransCentury Communications review)

"The San Francisco composer David Garner has set four female Jewish poets, of whom the most gripping is the exotic Berliner Elsa Lasker-Schüler, represented here by her Blue Piano cycle." (Norman Lebrecht at Lebrecht Weekly)

Concert Reviews

"Following the interleaving of Second Viennese School and contemporary programming, the evening concluded with the world premiere of the second piano trio composed by David Garner, a co-founder of E4TT. This was performed by three artists appearing as guests for E4TT, violinist Lylia Guion, Amy Brodo on cello, and pianist Dale Tsang (E4TT emerita). There was just the right blend of commitment and technical capabilities to bring this music to life..." Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, April 6, 2024

"... both my wife and I were struck by how many of those composers had an impressive capacity for wit. Tamara MacLeod even went as far as to title the first movement of her Spent suite “Farcically.” The titles of the following two movements were “Languishingly” and “Desolately;” and, taken has a whole, her “adverbial journey” was a total romp. A bit more explicit, but just as engaging, was the final work, “Forget Your Scarf in My Life” by Madeline Clara Cheng. Indeed, this came across as the final “punch line” after the imaginative (and often witty) rhetorical stances of the three predecessors in the second half of the program, “Fulgurance” (Jessica Mao), the second movement of Ringlorn (Isabelle Tseng), and “grace fall” (Sage Shurman). I must confess that I tend to be cautious about attending programs that might leave me feeling besieged by new content. In this case, however, almost every composer left me with the impression of knowing when enough was enough. Perhaps the future of music is in better hands than my proclivity for skepticism would have me believe!" Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, January 21, 2024

"The compositions ...[in the Film Noir Project] felt appropriate in style, often highlighting the vast range of the cello. There were deep and mysterious rumblings from the low register, performed with appropriately harsh staccato attacks or jazzy pizzicato. This contrasted nicely with harmonics and eerie themes in the upper register, and the melancholy mid-range of a soprano voice, in German dialect evocative of the dark songspiel of Weill or Berg....To close the program, Lerner-Wright and Tsang presented a cello and piano duo titled Waltz Noir, by the young Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskaya. This accompanied Emma Kazaryan’s varying and overlapping film footage...[and] was well chosen as the closing number." (Alex Rosenfeld, SFCV.org, April 9, 2019)

"E4TT’s soprano Nanette McGuinness effectively channeled this nervous energy [in Derek Jenkins' "Fruehlingsglaube" from "Nach Raum und Zeit"], and guest pianist Taylor Chan beautifully shaped the late-Romantic harmonies... Dan Senn’s song “The Never Close”... [and “Paper Money” by Scott Etan Feiner], among several others on the program, were performed with conviction by Chan and guest soprano Chelsea Hollow... In his Missed Connections, Sam Krahn sets texts from Craiglist’s Casual Encounters section (R.I.P.). You can’t make this stuff up, and Krahn’s music, full of tongue-in-cheek references, would be perfect for a cabaret. I’d go to that show." (Rebecca Wishnia, SFCV.org, January 29, 2019)

"Lerner-Wright is definitely an impressive cellist. She was clearly up to the full scope of challenges of all of the works on the program; and she could “play well with others” as effectively as she could present her solo work. She even knew how to maintain audience attention with informative comments while retuning her instrument." (Stephen Smoliar, The Rehearsal Studio, June 30, 2018)

"Soprano Nanette McGuinness (accompanied by Dale Tsang on piano and Laura Gaynon on cello) deftly negotiated Garner’s convolutions.” (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, April 5, 2016)

"The high point of the program was definitely the Mendelssohn. Both Macadam-Somer and Tsang-Hall went at it with all the spirited energy it demands." (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, Sept. 10, 2013)

“All four poems in the set [of Phoenix] have a decidedly dark quality. Garner served this quality well...and McGuinness captured that effectively in her delivery of the texts.” (Stephen Smoliar, Examiner.com, April 23, 2013)

"Tsang-Hall flawlessly delivered the catchy, syncopated rhythms of Labyrinth (1991), the darting little figures and wonderful bursts of high treble light in Traveling Light (1991), and the surfeit of energy in the delicious Dodecahedron (1993, 2012).... Also on the program were Gabriela Lena Frank’s lovely Barcarola latinoamericana (2007), whose repeated notes, redolent of the mandolin, Tsang-Hall captured beautifully. The pungent chromaticism of Laura Schwendinger’s Pedal Point (1996) and engaging forward momentum of Elena Ruehr’s Prelude III (2002) flowed easily through her hands." (Jason Victor Serinus, SFCV.org, April 2, 2013)