RVSO Conducting Candidate brings down the house
Chelsea Tipton II on Friday night in Ashland turned what was supposed to be an audition into something more like a triumph……… Tipton led the orchestra in stoking the coals without let-up through all five movements. The ball scene was crazed with frenetic energy, the scene in the country relaxed but disturbing. The timpani-driven march to the scaffold was played with rising, nightmarish power followed by the pizzicato notes of the severed head rolling into a waiting basket.
The adrenalin-charged finale with its witches and monstsers was exhilarating, and even after the end the excitement hung in the air.
Bill Varble, Mail Tribune, September 27, 2009