Getting its world premiere was the Serenada concertante for oboe and orchestra by the 41-year-old American composer Jeremy Gill…it’s replete with imaginative textures and interplays between soloist and orchestra…By turns stringing out lyric lines, weaving arabesques and exploding in flourishes and runs, the oboe seems almost to tell a tale. It’s hard to imagine a soloist more authoritative or more eloquent than [Erin] Hannigan, and [Jaap] van Zweden led an incisive, finely detailed orchestral collaboration.
– The Dallas Morning News, 30 January 2016
Composer Gill took advantage of the oboe’s natural lyricism to create a succinct, 19-minute concerto which opens somewhat romantically, with the oboe’s long opening note emerging mystically from a cloud of strings…the overall effect was rhapsodic and elegiac, including an extended cadenza that may well rank as the longest patch of writing for unaccompanied oboe in the entire classical repertoire. Soloist [Erin] Hannigan presented this first performance of the work, written specifically for her, with flawless control and an appropriately gorgeous tone quality.
– Dallas Observer, 30 January 2016
The audience was hoping for heart. And they got it. Serenada Concertante by Jeremy Gill featured principal oboist Erin Hannigan. This world premiere, composed for her, highlighted iron-lung breath control, adventurous technique, and tone like a sunrise. Seated behind, her musical family’s playing was the most emotionally invested of the night…The DSO owned every one of the composition’s many layers.
– Theater Jones, 30 January 2016
Serenada Concertante was premiered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX.