THE WORK AT HAND
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
"Friday’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert marked one of the most important artistic endeavors of the season. The program hinged on the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s “The Work at Hand,” a concerto for cello and mezzo-soprano commissioned by the PSO and Carnegie Hall. The performance featured PSO principal cellist Anne Martindale Williams and the Heinz Hall debut of the exciting young opera singer Jamie Barton. The work had a profound emotional intelligence, matching and uniting music and text. Ms. Barton’s crystalline voice was an effortless, inevitable extension of herself."
–Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sang with beauty, precision and emotional directness. She has a lustrous, rich voice and obviously is a major talent."
–Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review