Juanjo Mena received glowing reviews following his concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the 11 and 13 March. The repertoire featured Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.
Jeremy Reynolds from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, “Guest maestro Juanjo Mena also demonstrated an uncanny ability to nudge the audience as well as the orchestra. He kicked off the evening in earnest with a spectacular take on Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony.” […] Mena and the orchestra were marvelous. Unhurried, precise, explosively exciting — the orchestra brought its “A” game on Friday.”
Photo credit: Michal Novak