In Saturday’s (6/13) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tom Strini writes about Andreas Delfs’s performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday, his last as the orchestra’s music director. Of the Saturday performance—with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Master Singers of Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir—Strini writes, “Delfs got a huge ovation before the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ began and a much larger one when it ended.… Everyone in the enormous cast, from Delfs down to the last kid in the choir, seemed intent on wringing every last drop of meaning out of every note, whether blazing or hushed. Delfs demands and gets that all the time. For 12 years, he fostered the idea that every note matters, and it has taken hold in the ranks. More than 400 performers merged in common purpose under his baton Friday, and their unity and unwavering intensity were palpable and a big part of a transcendent evening of music.”

Posted June 15, 2009