Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

NMSO concert vivid, sensitive.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Joanne Sheehy Hoover For the Journal

* Conductor tryout David Wiley was impressive presenting Beethoven's Fifth along with Russian and American music

This past weekend was the 230th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. David Wiley, this month's contender for the director's baton of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, marked the event with the work that everyone knows, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

It was both a clever and a bold stroke. Clever, because the work pulls in the crowds, and Popejoy Hall on Friday night was indeed full. Bold, because it invites reams of comparison and an interpretation can easily slip into formula.

With the confidence of talent and youth (he is only 34), Wiley charged forth in a tight, compact performance. …

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