Best Classical Group

City Paper

It was the American Berserk concert that sealed the deal. Ever since this new music ensemble, which was founded by violinist Colin Sorgi in 2007 but stopped programming in 2009, returned in 2013 with a season of daring performances and its RADARlab workshops for incubating new pieces from young composers, Sonar began filling a new music void left by the hiatus of Mobtown Modern in 2012. Sonar’s 2013-’14 season more than delivered on that promise, with works by John Cage, Ken Ueno, Henri Dutilleux, a premiere, and two nights devoted to Steve Reich’s hair-raising electric works. But it was the season-closing American Berserk that still clings to the ears, a program featuring gorgeously unnerving pieces from young composers and a spectacular performance of the John Adams solo piano piece that gave the program its name. 

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