"This music makes me feel it's good to be alive."
“From the grand first movement through the rollicking scherzo, to the passionate finale, the performers were involved and intense.”
--- Mark J. Estren, Washington Post
Review of September 13, 2017 concert in Raleigh NC: Bonnie Thron and Carl Banner
"...flowed with such freedom that one couldn't help but imagine standing on a boat's bow, arms outstretched. "
--- Grace Jean, in the Washington Post
“There was nothing boring about the high level of performance that Washington Musica Viva offered at the Ratner Museum on Wednesday. What there was, in spades, was a feeling of geniality that invited a collaboration, not only among the musicians but also among musicians and audience in the pleasures of the music…. Musica Viva is pianist Carl Banner's baby, and he has surrounded himself with fine chamber artists: clarinetist Ben Redwine, whose sophistication in the Brahms was as compelling as his sense of humor in switching among six different-size clarinets for the Stephens work; violinist Judith Spokes, who offered a soulful if somewhat careful reading of the Dvorak; cellist Amy Leung, who projected lyricism throughout…”
--- Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post
An appreciation: "I really appreciate your skill and passion in how you play, not only my music, but everything you perform. I always feel like you put your heart and soul into everything that you play, and it comes through clearly in your performances." Blair Goins, composer
"The audience didn't just like it, they whooped, yelped, [and] bravoed… After the Czech Embassy standing ovation, one audience member summed it up: 'This music makes me feel it’s good to be alive.' ” Marsha Dubrow in examiner.com
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