“When a young conductor wows, as a 28-year-old newly appointed Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor did at her Hollywood Bowl debut last August, it’s big news,” writes Mark Swed in Monday’s (3/2) Los Angeles Times. “Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s reward for that rare debut was her first L.A. Phil subscription concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday afternoon. Word was out. The hall sold out…. Mozart’s Overture to ‘The Abduction From the Seraglio,’ Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka’ and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony reveal Grazinyte-Tyla’s strengths, particularly her capacity to create rhythmic excitement…. She didn’t so much begin these three pieces; she ignited them…. The dotted rhythms that make this Beethoven’s dance symphony were the expected indefatigable engine of the performance. Grazinyte-Tyla’s emphasis on harmonic intensity was the surprise…. A glass ceiling in orchestral culture is said to still be intact, if growing weaker by the minute. I wouldn’t worry. Grazinyte-Tyla was the third exceptional woman to conduct the L.A. Phil in a week,” the others being Xian Zhang and Susanna Mälkki. “All are going places.”

Posted March 4, 2015