"Glass’s “Black and White Scherzo" yielded the biggest thrills. Swift and bracing, the piece is rolled out by the percussion section, carried forward on rafts of strings, danced in sinewy lines by the brass, and topped by a kind of screwball anvil chorus. Commissioned by Cabrillo and conducted with brio by Alsop in its world premiere, the work emerged as one of Glass’s loopiest creations. Perhaps the composer is feeling giddy about his own West Coast endeavor, the new Days and Nights Festival premiering Aug. 19 just down the road in Carmel and Big Sur. Or maybe he simply adores Alsop. Everyone else does in Santa Cruz this month."
Musical America: Cabrillo Festival Gets Underway