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Testimonials

Raves and Reviews

The surroundings were relaxed, but the performance was admirably crisp and disciplined. Christophe Chagnard and the Northwest Sinfonietta brought their 22nd season to a highly accomplished conclusion on 12 May in Puyallup's handsome Pioneer Park Pavilion
- Music Web International - May 20, 2013


The chamber orchestra struck gold, playing for Chaplin's 1925 "The Gold Rush" with warmth and the kind of precise visual synchronization that made you occasionally forget that they were even there. The tricky part of accompanying film music as a group is
- The News Tribune - March 18, 2013


It's not often that, what is rather solemnly called 'classical music' raises belly laughs in its audience, but that's what happened when the Northwest Sinfonietta played Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite in the course of its enterprisingly planned
- Music Web International - November 4, 2012


October 5, 2012 made Northwest Sinfonietta Day
- by Washington State Governor Gregoire


October 6, 2012 made Northwest Sinfonietta Day
- by Tacoma Mayor Strickland


October 7, 2012 made Northwest Sinfonietta Day
- by Puyallup Mayor Hansen


Northwest Sinfonietta dazzled audiences in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos...
- The Cuban Experience - February 2012


It's official-the Tacoma based Northwest Sinfonietta has been licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department for a 10-day, two-city tour of Cuba in January 2012. The 10-member ensemble will be only the third orchestra to visit Cuba since the country's 1959 rev
- The News Tribune - November 8, 2011


It's always a pleasure to watch the Northwest Sinfonietta, whose friendship and congenial collaboration is sparklingly evident in their music.
- The News Tribune - November 13, 2011


The orchestra played wonderfully, supplying responsive dialogue, simply huge sound belying the numbers on stage, especially in brass and timpani. Chagnard controlled all with a wide emotional range, lining up entries effortlessly.
- The News Tribune - October 18, 2011


Hearing Stein's reduction of Mahler's symphony was a unique experience. So unique, that it is very likely Friday's performance was the Northwest premiere of the piece.
- The Gathering Note - May 12, 2010


As Mozart's last composition and one of his most popular and respected works, the Northwest Sinfonietta and Choral Union brought the Requiem to its full extent, while Chagnard's presence was the highlight of the Night. It was an exceptional performance
- The Seattle Chinese Times - April 22, 2010


"Controlled power and relentless emotion worked together at the Rialto Theater on Saturday night as the Northwest Sinfonietta, with Choral Union and soloists, offered-up Mozart's Requiem to a full house for its final subscription concert of the season wit
- The News Tribune - April 18, 2010


Throughout, the Sinfonietta played with all the commitment, skill and spirit audiences have come to expect.
- The News Tribune - April 18, 2010


Chagnard, meanwhile, was a commanding presence, Building climaxes architecturally and ruthlessly, taking tempi both serious and inventive.
- The News Tribune - April 18, 2010


Chagnard led a bold, angry version of Mozart's Don Giovanni overture, full of suspense, menacing brass and abrupt drops. Chagnard's well-built sound continued into Mozart "Haffner" Symphony No.35. Chagnard was in full control here (with
- The News Tribune - November 17, 2009


Throughout, Chagnard moved the orchestra through their alternate stillnesses and shifting movement, working in perfect synch with Roman and painting an aural tapestry of gorgeously pealing violins, hushed cello choirs and austere bass drones. And
- The News Tribune - March 18, 2009


In its final subscription concert for 2008-2009, the Northwest Sinfonietta proved Saturday night that they're one of the Northwest's best musical ensembles.
- The News Tribune - April 5, 2009


The reduced ensemble played in near-perfect synchronicity this piece [Mozart's Symphony No.29] The first movement had the violin on the edge of their seats with Chagnard creating excellent chiaroscuro and fun surprises.
- The News Tribune - April 5, 2009


The Northwest Sinfonietta met the challenge admirably, playing Chaplin's own original scores to two of his silent films, the ensemble displayed both skill and flexibility. In 'A Dog's Life', as Chaplin launches from rags to riches with unflappable comedi
- The News Tribune - February 2, 2009


It is cliche to say, but Christophe Chagnard, French by birth, radiated Ravel and Debussy. Rave's Le Tombeau de Couperin was brilliant, detailed and textured. Chagnard minded the balances in the tight, Nordstrom Recital Hall.
- The Gathering Note - November 26, 2008


Not willing to be confined to conventional corners, Chagnard has created an array of programs with unusual pairings of composers and soloists. 'L Histoire du Soldat' represents Stravinsky at the height of his powers, which the ensemble of seven
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - October 6, 2008


Saturday evening was, in sum, a stylish example of the kind of playing the Sinfonietta excels in, and the kind of imaginative programming they've set for the season.
- The News Tribune - October 7, 2008


Joyful, triumphant playing and a sold-out house combined in the Rialto Theater on Saturday night for the final concert in the Northwest Sinfonietta's main season: Beethoven's Symphony No.9... But it was the last movement that surpassed every terri
- The News Tribune - April 8, 2008


Most orchestras play Beethoven's 1st Symphony with reduced strings, but rarely as few as the 20 strings of the Northwest Sinfonietta. That , of course, is a point that Chagnard likes to make. Fewer musicians provides greater clarity and more nimble
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - February 19, 2008


"...the Northwest Sinfonietta is sexy because the material they present represents the emotional flows, waves and peaks that carry listeners to a sensory place that transcends most other experiences. It's the kind of stuff that raises hairs on the napes o
- The Weekly Volcano - October 2007


The Northwest Sinfonietta opens their season triumphantly... The orchestra put in its finest: really responsive chamber playing, highly engaged and full of energy.
- The News Tribune - October 2007Tacoma, WA


"The Northwest Sinfonietta opens their season triumphantly... The orchestra put in its finest: really responsive chamber playing, highly engaged and full of energy."
- The News Tribune - October 2007


It's the kind of stuff that raises hairs on the napes of necks; it's stuff that squeezes tears out of dry eyes for inexplicable reasons.
- The Weekly Volcano - October 2007Tacoma, WA


"The Northwest Sinfonietta orchestrates rousing performances of accessible music and eliminates the stuffy stereotypes... music director Christophe Chagnard takes the music of ages and elevates it from mere notes to an entire experience..."
- The Weekly Volcano - July 2007


Soloist and conductor worked together at a headlong pace that took every risk in the book, yet once again there was a sens of total security in the execution, and even at this speed, Schwarz had time to sing his phrases with ample eloquence of line and so
- Music-Web International - July 2007


"Best Classical Music" (From Best of Tacoma)
- The Weekly Volcano - July 2007


All this was highly accomplished, and much of it was deeply moving.
- Music-Web International - July 2007


The Northwest Sinfonietta orchestrates rousing performances of accessible music and eliminates the stuffy stereotypes. With the classical sensibilities that would seem to be innate in a Frenchman, music director Christophe Chagnard takes the music of age
- The Weekly Volcano - July 2007


"All this was highly accomplished, and much of it was deeply moving. Under Christophe Chagnard's expert direction, too, the Northwest Sinfonietta provided support that was tidy and musicianly..."
- Music Web-International - July 2007


... music director Christophe Chagnard takes the music of ages and elevates it from mere notes to an entire experience...
- The Weekly Volcano - July 2007


...the crispness of the Sinfonietta was flawless... its musicians produced their best playing yet.
- The News Tribune - April 2007


"Soloist and conductor worked together at a headlong pace that took every risk in the book, yet once again there was a sens of total security in the execution, and even at this speed, Schwarz had time to sing his phrases with ample eloquence of line and s
- MusicWeb-International - February 2007


"Superb staging, exquisite blending and sheer fun made this show a Sinfonietta winner."
- The News Tribune - January 2007


Superb staging, exquisite blending and sheer fun made this show a Sinfonietta winner.
- The News Tribune - January 2007


"Hearing a Northwest Sinfonietta concert is like drinking a great young wine: enjoyable, with both tangy notes and occasional flashes of stunning perfection."
- The News Tribune - October 2006


Hearing a Northwest Sinfonietta concert is like drinking a great young wine: enjoyable, with both tangy notes and occasional flashes of stunning perfection
- The News Tribune - October 2006Tacoma, WA


Tacoma Opera and the Northwest Sinfonietta kidnapped a rapt audience with an unconventional version of Mozart's 'The Abduction from the Seraglio'.
- The News Tribune - November 2005


"Tacoma Opera and the Northwest Sinfonietta kidnapped a rapt audience with an unconventional version of Mozart's 'The Abduction from the Seraglio'."
- The News Tribune - November 2005


"...Such sublime grace that the audience seemed to lose its collective breath."
- The News Tribune - April 2004


...Such sublime grace that the audience seemed to lose its collective breath.
- The News Tribune - April 2004


"Unlike other out-of-town orchestral ensembles that have tried to establish a Seattle presence and failed, the Northwest Sinfonietta has succeeded."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - March 2003


This season has been a remarkable high with one of the best chamber orchestras currently playing.
- Tacoma Reporter - March 2003Tacoma, WA


"Music Director Christophe Chagnard said he hoped the evening would cure classical music skeptics, and did draw a large, and it seemed, young crowd and elicited a rousing standing ovation."
- The News Tribune - March 2003


Music Director Christophe Chagnard said he hoped the evening would cure classical music skeptics, and did draw a large, and it seemed, young crowd and elicited a rousing standing ovation.
- The News Tribune - March 2003


Unlike other out-of-town orchestral ensembles that have tried to establish a Seattle presence and failed, the Northwest Sinfonietta has succeeded.
- Seattle Post- Intelligencer - March 2003Seattle, WA


"This season has been a remarkable high with one of the best chamber orchestras currently playing."
- Tacoma Reporter - March 2003


"The smaller size of the orchestra has created a more intimate setting for the performance, giving the audience a sense of greater connection."
- The Olympian - January 2003


The smaller size of the orchestra has created a more intimate setting for the performance, giving the audience a sense of greater connection.
- The Olympian - January 2003


"Simply exhilarating"
- The News Tribune - Novermber 2002


"The playing sparkled with exuberance."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer - September 2002


"The orchestra played with verve and irresistible momentum."
- The News Tribune - September 2002


The orchestra played with verve and irresistible momentum.
- The News Tribune - September 2002


... an ensemble that can hold its own among the best classical-music organizations in the Northwest.
- The Seattle Times - September 2002Seattle, WA


The playing sparkled with exuberance.
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 2002


"The 12-year-old Northwest Sinfonietta, based in Tacoma under the direction of conductor Christophe Chagnard, has developed into an ensemble that can hold its own among the best classical-music organizations in the Northwest. "
- The Seattle Times - September 2002


Anyone interested in classical music should hear this Tacoma gem.
- The News Tribune - March 2000


One of "the 10 Best in Classical Music for 1999
- Seattle Post- Intelligencer - December 1999Seattle, WA


Through this more translucent orchestral sound, the soloist can be heard with startling clarity...
- The Seattle Times - November 1999


If this stunning opener is any indication, the Northwest Sinfonietta is well on the way to becoming regional music royalty itself.
- The News Tribune - September 1999


Chagnard...drove his orchestra with almost reckless abandon. The result was spectacular, even heroic.
- Seattle Post- Intelligencer - November 1998


...the Sinfonietta's performance was as close to an unqualified success as a first take gets
- The News Tribune - December 1997Tacoma, WA


Clarity, precision and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the Northwest Sinfonietta performances...
- The News Tribune - September 1996


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