Praise for Blue Streak Ensemble on the Naxos CD “Shattered”Naxos chamber CD cover

“The playing is superlative throughout and the recordings are of audiophile quality.”  -Laurence Vittes, Gramophone, December 2014


“This is an incredible tapestry of sounds from this small ensemble that do the utmost justice to this piece (Shattered Glass)…(Lonely Lake) is another brilliantly descriptive piece expertly played by this ensemble.” – Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer, 2014


“Flutist Madeline Lucas, cellist Maaike Harding, percussionist Nathan von Trotha and pianist Shuai Wang deliver a rousing performance of the “sometimes rhythmic, sometimes raucous and sometimes mysterious and melodic,” ‘Shattered Glass’ (2007). The ensemble impressively brings the work’s expansive mixture of sounds to life. Clarinetist Amitai Vardi and violinist Sharon Roffman join their Blue Streak colleagues for a five-star performance of the captivating ‘Lonely Lake.’ “ – Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical, 2014


“The (Blue Streak) ensemble playing here is tight and thoughtful, with each player coming to the fore and fading into the background at just the right moments.” – Seth Tompkins, Second Inversion2014


“Lonely Lake (2011) depicts scenes and feelings associated with Lonely Lake in Canada. Like “Shattered Glass,” the scoring is colorful – with lots of percussion effects – but the mood is more serene and playful. Again, the Blue Streak Ensemble perform admirably.”  – Robert Cummings, Classical Net, 2014


Blue Streak Ensemble at Heights Arts: “Looking Back”
by Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical, October 2016

“Composer Margaret Brouwer curated a fascinating playlist for the most recent concert by her Blue Streak Ensemble…The performers sounded splendid…Playing intelligently to the small gallery space, they brought the evening’s interesting collection of pieces to a satisfying conclusion.”  – Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical, October 2016


Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble thrills with wide-ranging chamber program
by Mark Satola, The Plain Dealer, March 16, 2015

“A fluid aggregation of first-rate musicians.”


Blue Streak Ensemble at Fairmount (March 15, 2015)
by Mike Telin, ClevelandClassical
“The concert was splendid from start to finish…a technically solid and musically nuanced performance….An impressive performance that the audience acknowledged with a warm ovation.”


SoundWordSight Review: Cutting Edge Concerts New Music FestivalCEC
by Mark Greenfest, May, 6 2014

“I was very pleased by this multi-talented ensemble, who performed together like close-knit friends. “


Preview: Composer Margaret Brouwer and Blue Streak Ensemble rolling ahead with concert of new music  – Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 10, 2014
by Zachary Lewis

“Brouwer may have an entire chamber ensemble at her disposal, ready and willing to play her music exclusively. But as Blue Streak’s Hudson program makes clear, she’s not interested in crafting a tribute to herself or any one composer in particular. She just wants a night of new music, period.”


Review: Blue Streak Ensemble at Nighttown (July 2013)
by Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com

“This delightful evening owed a lot to the skill of the performers but just as much to Margaret Brouwer’s sensitivity in creating a musical smorgasbord that made sense and worked. A twenty-first century salon-type evening makes a refreshing alternative to standard chamber music fare, and Brouwer and her performers pulled this one off with charm and style.”


Blue Streak Ensemble at Lakeside (August 27, 2012)
by Daniel Hathaway

“…an unusually engaging concert of accessible chamber music…The juxtaposition of new music, familiar music in new trappings and well-known works in their original form kept things fresh and flowing, and the hour-long concert was over before you knew it…The quintet of players were superb individually and collectively…They’re onto something good here and chamber music presenters who have difficulty programming new music on their series should pay attention to what Blue Streak is doing so successfully.”

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