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CMASH / Press

“the acronym of the new-music repertory group CMASH, showcased in this delightful concert, stands for a collaboration between genres: Chamber Music Art Song Hybrid. And sharing, it became evident, was essential to both preparation and presentation of the afternoon’s material, as entertaining as it was artful. [Weslie] Brown (who was present) was properly applauded by the nearly full house for her attractive romantic lyric, her gorgeous melody, and her tasteful incorporation of guitar breaks and an exquisite extended coda ... Wade’s luscious voicings brought to mind Kurt Weill and suggested that there’s no reason why good chamber music can’t also register as fine art song or splendid cabaret.”

"The third item of note was the performance of the String Quartet No. 3 by Liam Wade, a whimsical, entertaining and highly original work by the composer who had collaborated with the Cecilia Quartet in its creation."

“...there was a certain gleam in the eyes of the performers and composers when taking their bows, a joy, a freshness and openness that added extra energy to the occasion, as well as quality to the performance...”