"There was a buzz in the air … The might and vitality which Stewart brought out of the orchestra was just outrageous - in a fantastic way!"
"Highly successful … Something to behold … Took my breath away … It was all incredibly stunning."
"Regular patrons of the Santa Cruz Symphony and first-timers alike came away knowing that they would be back for more in this spectacular 60th anniversary season."
-Santa Cruz Sentinel
"To sum up this concert in one word would be quite impossible, however, I believe “brilliant” would lead one in the correct direction!"
"The orchestra’s reputation under Stewart has spread like wildfire."
"Stewart paid meticulous attention to detail, in particular to dynamics and the precise articulation. The result was a most compelling performance."
"Bravo Maestro and orchestra for a spectacular opening concert!"
"The spine-tingling music and resounding applause from the Symphony performances are no doubt still reverberating around the walls of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and Watsonville Mello Center."
"Music Director and Conductor Daniel Stewart’s multiple gifts as a musical leader are visible in his dedication to engaging with local artists as well as musicians of international renown."
"The Music of the Spheres production was a thrilling reminder of how lucky we are to have such phenomenal musical talent in our community, and what we can look forward to in the months ahead."
"The Santa Cruz Symphony brought these iconic scores to life in refreshing ways … an otherworldly experience that brought our attention upwards to “the Spheres”."
-Local Santa Cruz