Boston, November 2014 / by Scott Ordway

Beth Willer rehearses with the Lorelei Ensemble at Marsh Chapel, where they are Ensemble-in-Residence.

Beth Willer rehearses with the Lorelei Ensemble at Marsh Chapel, where they are Ensemble-in-Residence.

The trip to Boston for the premiere of North Woods was a great success. Working with Lorelei over the years has been one of the great joys of my artistic life: they are consummate performers, but have also created a musical community in the deepest sense of the word. Their sound reflects this, and it has been a joy to hear that sound evolve over the past seven years. The recording of the piece won't be available for a while (which is sad) because it will be included on Lorelei's second commercial CD release in 2015 (which is happy), but some highlights from the reviews are below.

I also had a chance to catch up with good friends in the Arneis Quartet and the Michigan Recital Project (who have commissioned a string quartet version of Detroit), met Jeremy Gill and Bob Anemone to hear the BSO resplendent as always in Sibelius and Schubert, and found a fellow student of decadence and German music in Scott Allen Jarrett, who generously hosted me at his beautiful home in Jamaica Plain.

It was also wonderful to reconnect with composer-friends Josh Bornfield and Mary Montgomery Koppel, and to hear Joshua Shank's beautiful music for the first time.

Can't wait until I have another excuse to get back to Boston.


An American response to Sibelius’s “Tapiola,” the music conjuring twinkling stars, howling winds, and the unyielding dark green of fir trees.
— The Boston Globe
Wild and distant, austere and stalwart... Ordway’s writing was both confident and delicate.
— Boston Classical Review
Haunting and really lovely.
— The Boston Musical Intelligencer