April 10, 2017Praise for "fiery, impassioned performance" w/ Illinois Philharmonic (Chicago Classical Review)
"Newhouse directed a highly focused, notably dramatic performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9...Newhouse is a dynamic podium figure and his energetic direction drew taut, responsive and full-blooded playing. One got the sense of Newhouse...inspiring the IPO members to perform at or beyond their capabilities in this fiery, impassioned performance.
"The outer movements were thrilling with the excitement ratcheted up to an almost frenetic level in the finale. The Largo’s English horn solo lent the right nostalgic expression, with a punchy Scherzo providing contrast."
March 25, 2017Featured Performance: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
On April 8, Sean conducts the IPO's season finale, including an Illinois premiere:
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra: American Perspectives
Sean Newhouse, conductor
Tessa Lark, violin
Copland - Buckaroo Holiday
Edgar Meyer - Violin Concerto (Illinois premiere)
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 \"From the New World\"
Saturday, April 8 - 7:30pm
(preconcert talk at 6:30pm)
Lincoln-Way Central Performing Arts Center
1800 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox
Tickets available through ipomusic.org and the box office at 708.481.7774.
July 17, 2016Follow Sean on Twitter!
Stay in touch with all Sean's professional activities as well as his ruminations on life and music. Click through to @Sean_Newhouse to find him!
May 30, 2016Featured Performance: Sean conducts July 2 World Premiere of Leonard's opera "My Dearest Friend"
Starring soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer and baritone Charles Taylor, Patricia Leonard's opera based on the letters of American historical figures John and Abigail Adams will be premiered at the Adams estate in Quincy, MA, USA. Sean also conducted the premiere of the original incarnation of this work as an orchestral song cycle, at Jordan Hall in 2014. For more details about the performance, click the link below.
January 06, 2015Minnesota Orchestra debut announced!
Sean will conduct performances at Orchestra Hall in March, program to include music of Schubert and Stravinsky.
November 05, 2014Videos now available!
Click the 'Video' tab above to view and hear newly added excerpts from Sean's performances and rehearsals.
October 13, 2014Florentine Opera Residency announced: Sean is honored by the Solti Foundation U.S. for the second time in 3 years
In 2011, the Solti Foundation U.S. selected Sean for its prestigious Career Assistance Award. Sean is honored to announce that the foundation will now be supporting his residency with the Florentine Opera Company in April/May 2015.
September 27, 2014Next performance: World Premiere @ Jordan Hall
On October 3, Sean returns to Boston to lead the premiere of Patricia Leonard's orchestral song cycle, "My Dearest Friend", based on the letters between John and Abigail Adams.
Friday, October 3 - 8:00PM
Jordan Hall, Boston
Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano
John Moore, baritone
For tickets, please click on the link below.
May 12, 2014Praise for Hänsel & Gretel w/ MetroWest Opera
"But the best work of the evening comes from the innovative and resourceful helms of the production, Cassandra Lovering and Sean Newhouse, director and conductor, respectively...Newhouse navigates the impressive orchestra and coaches the best from the cast’s masterful performance."
My Theatre, Entertainment World
March 30, 2014Next performances: Sean conducts Humperdinck's gorgeous fairytale opera, Hänsel und Gretel
April 10 & 11 @ 7:30pm
April 12 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
First Baptist Church, Newton, MA
January 20, 2014Critical praise for Sean's Knoxville Symphony debut
Following closely on the heels of his acclaimed concerts with the Charleston Symphony comes this account: "...under Newhouse’s extremely capable baton, the orchestra turned out performances that were impeccable in style, art, and craft." writes the Knoxville Metropulse. "Newhouse brought a remarkable freshness to the familiar works by offering a perfect stylistic statement of the waltz genre, carried out by wonderfully nuanced ebb-and-flow rhythmic pacing and attention to the details of balance that allowed Straussian colors to glisten."
January 11, 2014Rave reviews for subscription concerts w/ Charleston Symphony
" Sean Newhouse and CSO thrill at the Sottile: A truly fantastic Symphonie Fantastique" writes the Charleston City Paper . "...a fiery and explosive reading of [Symphonie Fantastique]...Newhouse and company managed to foster the impression that I was hearing it for the first time."
Charleston Today writes that "Symphonie Fantastique was the perfect vehicle to show off Maestro Newhouse’s skill and insight as well as the orchestra’s cohesion and solo star quality. Newhouse understood the effective use of rubato to create dramatic points as well as dynamics (the orchestra played louder –and softer — than ever before)."
December 18, 2013Upcoming Concerts with the Charleston and Knoxville Symphonies
Concerts with the Charleston Symphony:
January 9, 10, & 11 @ 7:30pm (Sean will also participate in a preconcert chat each night at 6:30 as well)
Sottile Theater, 44 George Street
John Harbison - Remembering Gatsby
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Di Wu, piano soloist)
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Concerts with the Knoxville Symphony:
January 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm (Sean will also participate in a preconcert chat each night at 6:30 as well)
Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay St.
Strauss Jr. - Overture to Die Fledermaus
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23 (Louis Schwizgebel, piano soloist)
Tchaikovsky - Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
Strauss Jr. - Emperor Waltzes
October 07, 2013Sean to conduct production of Hänsel und Gretel with MetroWest Opera
Humperdinck's lyrical and charming fairytale opera will run for 4 performances April 10-12, 2014. Casting to be announced in November.
May 30, 2013Canadian debut with Vancouver Symphony announced!
Sean will make his Canadian debut this July with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2 different programs, featuring Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, on back-to-back evenings, with rising star violinist Mayuko Kamio.
July 19, 8:00pm
Sibelius - Finlandia
Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Nos. 7 & 8, op. 46
Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen
Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy
Copland - Corral Nocturne & Saturday Night Waltz from Rodeo
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite 1919
July 20, 8:00pm
Mozart - Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Both concerts will take place in Whistler, BC, at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.
March 28, 2013Sean @ Boston Lyric Opera in April & May
Sean has been named Assistant Conductor under Music Director David Angus for Boston Lyric Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer, which represents the American premiere of Wagner's original 1841 version.
February 18, 2013Charleston Symphony subscription debut announced!
In January 2014, Sean will appear with the Charleston Symphony and piano soloist Andrew Armstrong in a program of Berlioz, Harbison, and Rachmaninov, as a candidate in the CSO music director search.
January 9-10-11, 2014
John Harbison Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Andrew Armstrong, piano soloist
Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
January 05, 2013Next performance: California Symphony
Sean makes his Bay Area debut on January 20, in a varied program of Jalbert, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, with David Singer, clarinet soloist.
Sunday, January 20 - 4:00pm
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek, CA
Pierre Jalbert - Les Espaces Infinis
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto (David Singer, soloist)
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5
Click the link for ticket information.
October 09, 2012Sean Newhouse announced as music director finalist for the Charleston Symphony!
Sean Newhouse will conduct the Charleston Symphony during the 2013-2014 season as one of six finalists for the position of music director. He first conducted the orchestra in 2011 for a special concert commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Click on the link for more details.
October 02, 2012Concert this week with Burlington Chamber Orchestra
Sean spent most of his childhood in Vermont, and this week he returns to his roots, conducting a program of lesser-known masterworks with the BCO as part of the Lane Series at the University of Vermont. The concert also features clarinet soloist Romie de Guise-Langlois.
October 6, 7:30pm
University of Vermont Recital Hall
Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 2
Finzi, Clarinet Concerto
Janacek, Idyll for Strings
June 17, 2012French debut this week!
On June 22, Sean makes his debut with l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice at the festival "Génération Virtuoses" in Antibes, France, with piano soloist Zlata Chochieva.
Schubert - Rosamunde Overture
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21
Schubert - Symphony No. 5
March 16, 2012Praise for CityMusic Cleveland debut from Plain Dealer
"[In the Brahms] Newhouse... maintained deft balances and shaded phrases with sensitivity."
"Newhouse [offered] a warmly inflected account of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" marked by effulgent wind playing and Ken Wadenpfuhl's splendid rendering of the horn solo.
"The CityMusic strings demonstrated pinpoint articulation and elasticity in Mozart's so-called Symphony in D major, which is actually three movements from the Posthorn Serenade, K. 320.
"The first and second violins were divided on either side of Newhouse throughout the night, allowing these independent parts to speak with utmost clarity, especially in the Mozart. The conductor provided lucid impetus, and the orchestra responded with aristocratic and tender elegance."
Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 13, 2012Interview with ClevelandClassical.com
Click the link to read a transcript of a phone interview with Mike Telin of ClevelandClassical.com.
March 10, 2012Next performances: CityMusic Cleveland
March 15, 16, 17, and 18, Sean Newhouse conducts CityMusic Cleveland in music of Brahms, Mozart, and Wagner, with violin soloist Dylana Jenson. See the CityMusic Cleveland website for specific concert times and locations.
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Mozart - Symphony K. 320 from the "Posthorn" Serenade
February 20, 2012French debut announced!
Sean Newhouse has been invited to conduct l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice at the festival "Génération Virtuoses" in Antibes, France, on June 22, with piano soloist Zlata Chochieva.
Schubert - Rosamunde Overture
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21
Schubert - Symphony No. 5
December 24, 2011Newhouse's ballet debut praised in Portland Press Herald
"Remarkably, today’s shows are Newhouse’s first experience conducting Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker," and nearly his first conducting for dance. This is a very challenging job for any conductor, but Newhouse did fabulously. With few exceptions, he facilitated perfect tempos for the dancers, and he conveyed delight in the score."
November 07, 2011Broad Street Review: "Mysteries of conducting, with Sean Newhouse"
Check out this article by Vic Schermer by clicking the link below; it's based on a discussion from September (which can also be read in its entirety by clicking 'Interview' in the site menu of seannewhouse.com).
October 27, 2011Next performance: Phoenix Symphony
November 3 @ 7:30PM
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3, op. 55 "Eroica"
Corigliano - To Music
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 (Charlie Albright, soloist)
October 19, 2011Next performance: Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra
Monday, October 24 at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church
Hilton Head Island, SC
Soloists: Paul Lott & Michael Smith
Mouret: Suite of Symphonies No. 1
Corelli: Concerto Grosso No. 2
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1
J. S. Bach: Air (from Suite No. 3)
Mozart: Symphony in D (from the “Posthorn" Serenade)
October 10, 2011"BSO assistant conductor makes impressive debut in his own right," writes Boston Classical Review
"For those who perceive Sibelius as a great lumbering beast of a composer, Newhouse’s performance of the Second Symphony would have been a tonic. Not that he raced through the piece, but, for example, with his dance-like tempo, those famous throbbing strings and wind answers of the opening bars made one think more of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony than of icebound fjords. This composer’s scoring can sound murky or overripe, but not in this performance. For that, part of the credit goes to Newhouse and part to the lucid acoustics of Symphony Hall. Sibelius’s famous crescendos cranked up splendidly under Newhouse’s steady control, and the symphony’s “second half" of wild scherzo, patriotic trio, and heart-on-sleeve finale was strongly characterized, right up to the triumphant entrance of the Finlandia-like finale theme."
"...it was an auspicious “official" debut for Sean Newhouse. One would welcome hearing him lead another program, perhaps with some less-familiar tunes in it. None is scheduled for the coming BSO season, but as recent history has shown, musical plans are often made to be broken."
David Wright, Boston Classical Review
Also, from The Arts Fuse blog:
"Friday’s performance of the Interludes was solid, and, at times, thrilling. Britten’s
handling of the orchestra is striking and innovative: each section of the ensemble has its moments to shine, and in this performance, by and large, did so. Of particular note were the melancholy brass chorales in the first movement, “Dawn," that swelled like the tide. The strings shone in the second movement, “Sunday Morning," alternating their opening martial material with the elegiac pathos of the movement’s middle theme to great effect."
"As in the Britten, there were some deeply memorable individual moments [in Sibelius' Symphony No. 2]: the pastoral first movement was relaxed and flowed beautifully. The opening of the second movement, featuring pizzicato basses and cellos later joined by two bassoons, was phrased with extraordinary sensitivity. The last two movements, which follow one another without pause, featured some exciting, if ragged, playing, and the Coda of the finale – one of the great perorations in Western music – was exhilarating."
Jonathan Blumhofer, Fuse Classical Review, The Arts Fuse
October 09, 2011More praise for BSO concert: Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Sean Newhouse, along with the BSO orchestra of Romantic era size, showed an unquestionable presence throughout the expansive symphonic statement... [Sibelius' Symphony No. 2] Unlike the Prokofiev [Piano Concerto No. 3] on the program, the Sibelius could only yield somewhat to updating, something which Newhouse and the entire orchestral cast naturally wrestled from the century-old work and that to magnificent, cinemascope result: the thrill of brilliant brass, the nobility of rich strings, the allure of vibrant winds, and spectacle of dramatic percussion."
David Patterson, Boston Musical Intelligencer
October 07, 2011Critical praise for performance with BSO
"This proved to be a strong evening of orchestral war-horses, led with energy and style...The concert opened with Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes...Mr. Newhouse offered smooth string tones, a brassy sunrise in Dawn and an idyllic picture of Britten's fishing village in Sunday Morning, complete with gossiping woodwinds....The opera's raw emotions burst out in the final, furious Storm, led with great emotion and simultaneous restraint by Mr. Newhouse.
"...Mr. Newhouse returned to center stage for the Second (and most popular) Symphony of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius...With its plucked opening, the slow movement is all dread and suspense. Mr. Newhouse led this tricky, episodic Andante with care, creating the aural images of a Russian army on the march and its impending crack-down on [Finland's] dreams of independence.
"This was a statement concert from an important young conductor, whose arrival in Boston may be a key part of James Levine's lasting legacy to the BSO."
Paul Pelkonen, Superconductor Music Criticism Blog
[In Sibelius' Symphony No. 2] "...the orchestra under his baton delivered a warm, confident performance, with moments of appealing expressive breadth. The third movement, too, had an animated and forceful driving energy."
Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe
August 25, 2011Next performances
Sean Newhouse conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra @ Symphony Hall on October 6, 7, & 11, with piano soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. The program features Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Click the link for more info and to purchase tickets.
August 22, 2011More praise for BSO Tanglewood debut: Broad Street Review
On the second evening, the gifted young conductor Sean Newhouse delivered a well-articulated rendition of Music of Air and Fire...Newhouse conducted all three pieces with discipline combined with sensitivity and controlled energy...to his credit, he conducted the music rather than the musicians, trusting in the capabilities of the outstanding Boston players.
[Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 is] not only filled with haunting, evocative memories and mood changes, but is – if you really pay attention– a highly structured symphonic accomplishment, richly orchestrated and with thematic development and counterpoints of a highly sophisticated nature that Newhouse’s clarity of performance pristinely revealed.
Victor L. Schermer
Broad Street Review
August 09, 2011Boston Globe review of BSO Tanglewood debut performance
Excerpt: "Pierre Jalbert’s “Music of air and fire,’’ an ethereal-then-driving curtain-raiser [was] given Technicolor focus under conductor Sean Newhouse in Saturday’s Shed concert, which also included...a thoroughly climactic performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony."
Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
July 27, 2011Listen live online to Sean's Tanglewood BSO Debut!
Sean Newhouse conducts the Boston Symphony, with soloist Sarah Chang, on Saturday, August 6 at 8:30pm. The program includes Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Pierre Jalbert's Music of Air and Fire.
The performance will be broadcast live on WGBH Boston and WAMC Northeast Public Radio, *and* over the internet at the following link (Click "launch related site below").
You can hear an interview with Sean during the WGBH preshow at approximately 7:50pm.
July 21, 2011Two new engagements announced for 2011-2012
Sean Newhouse is happy to announce performances with the Phoenix Symphony and CityMusic Cleveland in the 2011-2012 season.
November 3, 2011
Charlie Albright, piano soloist
Corigliano - To Music
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"
March 14-18, 2012
Dylana Jenson, violin soloist
Brahms - Violin Concerto
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Mozart - "Posthorn" Symphony in D, K. 320
May 16, 2011Concert announced for June 29 with National Repertory Orchestra
On June 29, in Breckenridge, CO, Sean Newhouse will conduct the NRO in a concert entitled "Songs of the Sea." The program will include Debussy's La Mer, Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, and Shulman's Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra with Aaron Conitz, viola.
April 22, 2011Newhouse to give masterclasses at Eastman School on April 27
Sean Newhouse will conduct the Eastman Philharmonia and speak to conducting students on April 27, in his first return to Rochester since graduating from the University of Rochester in 2003.
April 10, 2011Review of Lubbock Symphony concert
Excerpts: "...there is much to be said both for Newhouse earning the musicians’ trust and respect so quickly...Newhouse’s entire body appeared fluid within the conducting process, able to find a wanted sound with any of a dozen gestures, moving just enough to establish control without becoming grandiose...The ensemble created magic time and again."
William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
April 02, 2011Sean Newhouse joins the artist roster of Kaylor Management, Inc.
Sean Newhouse is delighted to announce North American representation with Hugh Kaylor, and is honored to be joining KMI's select and distinguished roster of conductors and instrumentalists.
February 27, 2011New review of 2-26 Mahler 9th performance with the BSO
"Mr. Newhouse proved himself up to the task on Saturday night, leading a vigorous performance that balanced the extremes of this long, difficult work. From the faltering heartbeat that starts the first movement to the final, shimmering violin figures of the last few bars, Mr. Newhouse was firmly in control of his orchestra. But the young conductor did more than just beat time--he offered his own interpretation of the work, making Mahler's last completed symphony a profound and deeply humanistic statement."
Excerpt from review by Paul Pelkonen, Superconductor blog
February 25, 2011Sean Newhouse makes dramatic surprise debut with the Boston Symphony
Conducting Mahler's Ninth Symphony, he stepped in on 2 hours' notice, replacing an ill James Levine. Mr. Newhouse will also conduct the remaining performances of this program, including the Saturday night radio broadcast.
Excerpts from the Boston Globe review, Jeremy Eichler:
"The exaggerated rusticity of the dances in the second movement came through clearly, as did the vigor and drive of the sardonic third movement... The BSO often played beautifully for him, the strings digging in deeply in the final movement to produce a glowing and expressive tone."
January 03, 2011Rave reviews for NYE performance with the Indianapolis Symphony!
"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s loss is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s gain, in the person of Sean Newhouse. Formerly the assistant conductor at the ISO, Newhouse now has a similar position with the BSO...In a program consisting of spirited polkas and romantic waltzes, Newhouse conducted the orchestra with consummate flair, as it superbly replicated a traditional Viennese New Year's concert."
Examiner.com, Tom Alvarez (5 out of 5 stars)
"Sean Newhouse returned to Indianapolis to conduct the ISO from his new post as assistant conductor to the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director James Levine. Newhouse proved yet again his forte for teasing out the essence of a work, not merely getting the notes right."
NUVO, Rita Kohn
December 01, 2010Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview
Sean Newhouse has been chosen as one of six conductors from across the nation to participate in the 2011 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview on February 17, which is organized by the League of American Orchestras every two years and hosted by a member orchestra.
Excerpts from the League of American Orchestras press release:
The Preview is designed to bring talented conductors to the attention of American orchestra leaders. “One of the greatest challenges for orchestras is finding the right artistic leadership," said Jesse Rosen, League President and CEO. “In drawing attention to conductors who are poised to assume this role, the League is supporting and sustaining the excellence of American orchestras."
On February 17th, the six conductors will lead the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans before an audience of music director search committee members, artistic administrators and artist managers and agents from across the country. Each participant will have one hour of podium time, enabling orchestra officials and managers to witness rehearsal techniques and abilities.
For further details, contact John Bence at the League of American Orchestras: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 30, 2010Boston Symphony debut announced!
Sean Newhouse will make his debut with the Boston Symphony on August 6 in a program of Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and American composer Pierre Jalbert. Sarah Chang will be the featured violin soloist.
Saturday, August 6 - 8:30pm
Pierre Jalbert - Music of Air and Fire
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto (Sarah Chang, soloist)
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2
July 28, 2010Review of ISO Symphony on the Prairie concerts - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"From his first appearance with the ISO at Garfield Park in a memorable all-Russian program, Newhouse has impressed us with his incredible sense of balance throughout a work, his ability to personalize not only through his body language, but equally through a dimension of musicality and energy one felt with Leonard Bernstein on the podium."
June 07, 2010Review of ISO subscription concerts - Tom Aldridge, NUVO
"But the two violinists' domination in program time was possibly exceeded by Newhouse's superlative job conducting Richard Strauss's first tone-poem masterpiece, Don Juan...Newhouse and his players captured the lyric and heroic spirit of the doomed libertine, finally defined by two plucked E-unisons in the lower strings."
June 05, 2010Review of ISO subscription concerts - Jay Harvey, Indy Star
"[Newhouse's] splendid account of Strauss' "Don Juan" with the ISO gave a poignant indication of what Boston will gain."
"[Augustin] Hadelich, Newhouse and the orchestra showed the nerve and alacrity of a top infield turning the double play [in the Barber Violin Concerto]."
April 23, 2010Boston Symphony Orchestra appoints Sean Newhouse as Assistant Conductor
In September 2010, Sean Newhouse will take up the position of Assistant Conductor to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director James Levine, following a successful 2-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In the new position with the BSO, he will conduct subscription concerts at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, as well as assisting Maestro Levine and guest conductors.
February 05, 2010Excerpts from reviews of German debut with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
"Newhouse was completely in his element in this program, giving it powerful rhythmic impetus... [He] animated the energetic Staatsphilharmonie to play a lively, intense, and stylistically informed performance. Additionally, the Candide Overture, Symphonic Dances, and Cuban Overture were played with a strongly lyrical melodic arc."
Gabor Halasz, Die Rheinpfalz, 2/1/10
"Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" and the Symphonic Dances from the famous "West Side Story" put the orchestra into a great swing and jazz mood. Capricious details, sharp rhythmic accents and intelligently-planned transitions between the sharp contrasts showed the youthful interpreter as a connoisseur of brilliant instrumental effects."
Monika Lanzendörfer, Mannheimer Morgen, 2/2/10
[both review excerpts are translated from the original German]
January 03, 2010Review of NYE concert w/ISO - Tom Alvarez, Examiner.com
"Under Newhouse’s exuberant and often fluid direction, the always solid orchestra was vibrant and spirited in its interpretation of music that is popular and familiar with general audiences. Notable selections included “Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltzes" by Johann Strauss Jr., “Thunder and Lighting Polka," and “On the Beautiful Danube Waltzes," also by Strauss Jr."
August 14, 2009Sean Newhouse to make German debut w/ Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
In January 2010, Sean Newhouse will make his debut in Germany, conducting a program of American works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, at the BASF-Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen. The Deutsche Philharmonie is the highly respected state orchestra and cultural ambassador of the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and regularly performs in prestigious concert halls across Germany and the world. Recent international tours have taken the orchestra to the United States, China, and South America, in addition to other European destinations.
August 12, 2009Review of SOTP concert w/ ISO - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra opened with the Overture to Cosi fan tutte, K. 588, nicely building the drama and the vocal line..."
May 16, 2009Sean Newhouse named prizewinner at the Nicolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen!
From an initial field of approximately 320 entrants, of which 30 were invited to Copenhagen to conduct the Danish National Symphony as part of the competition, Sean Newhouse was named 5th Prize Winner. The Malko Competition is now held every 3 years and is recognized as one of the most prestigious conducting competitions in the world.
April 28, 2009Review of Happy Hour concert w/ ISO - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"Conductor Sean Newhouse communicates musical concepts with grace and ease."
April 05, 2009Review of APA Competition Finals Part 2, w/ ISO - Jay Harvey, Indy Star
"It's difficult to overpraise the fitness of the accompaniments in the two evenings of concertos, all of them challenging in individual ways. You can't take these five works for granted, and Newhouse and the ISO certainly didn't."
"The thrilling finale [of the Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto], constructed so that its most grandiose, arresting moments are never overindulged, found [Adam] Golka and the orchestra perfectly matched, with the opening material presented with particular snap all around."
April 04, 2009Review of APA Competition Finals Part 1, w/ ISO - Jay Harvey, Indy Star
"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by associate conductor Sean Newhouse, managed the accompaniments of both difficult works handsomely, with only a few rough edges."
April 04, 2009Review of APA Competition Finals w/ISO - Tom Aldridge, NUVO
"Newhouse provided excellent preparation for all five concertos, the ISO shining through with good balance and articulation, offering a real partnership with each finalist."
November 22, 2008New Photos Added
New photos from a recent performance with the ISO have been added - check out the Gallery!
September 10, 2008Review of 'Scheherazade' with Indianapolis Symphony & Dance Kaleidoscope - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"It’s electrifying to feel the ISO players and the DK dancers breathing together as they unfold nuances intended by composers and extended on multiple levels through visual and spatial elements."
September 06, 2008Review of 'Scheherazade' with Indianapolis Symphony & Dance Kaleidoscope - Whitney Smith, Indy.com
"...Sean Newhouse did an expert job, conducting the detailed variations and haunting "Dies Irae" references in the Rachmaninoff "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," as well as the colorfully orchestrated "Scheherazade" scenes."
August 27, 2008Sean Newhouse steps in on short notice for Mario Venzago for beginning of ISO season
Sean Newhouse replaces Music Director Mario Venzago, who has had to withdraw from the first performances of the Indianapolis Symphony's 2008-2009 season, which feature Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with Alessio Bax, soloist. These performances take place at Clowes Memorial Hall and are a collaboration with Dance Kaleidoscope. See schedule or the linked Indy.com article for details.
August 06, 2008Review of "Pure Beethoven" Symphony on the Prairie ISO concert - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"Sean Newhouse made his Symphony on the Prairie conducting debut with a stunning trio of Beethoven works. The ISO players literally hugged the music, bringing not only a sense of loving what they were sharing, but equally pouring their very souls into the doing. Newhouse has a winning stage presence, imparting essential information to help us in the audience understand the intent and structure of the composition and to show why he himself loves this particular work. It’s equally evident that he and the players like working together. There’s a sense of ease within the electricity."
July 23, 2008Review of Symphony in the Park with the ISO - Rita Kohn, NUVO
"An overflow Garfield Park audience cheered Sean Newhouse’s debut as associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for a Russian-composers’ concert. Newhouse is an animated conductor whose body language, facial expressions and overall enthusiasm for the work at hand connect as much with the audience as with the ISO players."
June 25, 2008Inside the iPod of a Maestro - Indy.com feature article by Whitney Smith
May 12, 2008Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra appoints Sean Newhouse as Associate Conductor
May 28, 2007Review of YMF Debut Orchestra performance of Shostakovich 10th Symphony @ Walt Disney Concert Hall - Robert D. Thomas, Class Act
Newhouse -- who looks younger than some of his colleagues -- led a well-thought-out, committed performance of the Shostakovich 10th and his musicians played their hearts out for him... Newhouse got first-rate contributions from his section principals, particularly the winds (Michael Byerly, clarinet, Kelly Sulick, flute, Jamie Strefeler, oboe, and Christy Havens, bassoon) and percussion (I would want the bass drummer on my team if I were conducting the Verdi Requiem). The strings had a lean sound throughout the evening, well suited for the Shostakovich, in particular.
Newhouse also had some interesting ideas about this oddly constructed piece, with a first movement that is as long as the other three. The brooding elegance was played with elegance and the balance of the movement moved forward briskly. The second movement began at manic speed and got faster, but in that movement and the fourth, Newhouse found time to elucidate shadings amid the shattering din."
August 14, 2006Review of Cleveland Orchestra debut - Elaine Guregian, Akron Beacon-Journal
"Sean Newhouse led John Harbison's Canonical American Songbook, an unexpected (and for Harbison, unusually sentimental) mixture of homespun melodies spiked with tangy harmonies in a style that Charles Ives would have liked. Under Newhouse's careful sorting-out of the delicately textured and ornamented writing, the playing was luminous."
December 20, 2004Review of New World Symphony debut - Enrique Fernandez, Miami Herald
"Sean Newhouse opened the night with a tasty appetizer, Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie. An elegant conductor, he led NWS with the brio we have grown to expect from their renditions of exuberant light classics."