Flutist Dionne Jackson

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Jackson displayed all of her razzle-dazzle—and a to-die-for low range—in Carl Nielsen’s quirky and stimulating Flute Concerto. Nothing seems to be beyond her technically … and Jackson embraces all the fun and sass of the piece.

— Review of Nielsen Concerto by Greg Hettmansberger, blog WhatGregSays

Sewell knows how to pick a soloist. Flutist Dionne Jackson wowed the crowd with lovely tone and a virtuosic technique that never left her breathless — even though the audience gasped audibly during a particularly difficult run of rapid notes in a third movement cadenza. She helped make the Ibert, which exuded a jazzy and Ravel-like mix of lyricism and tartness the highpoint of the evening.

— Review of Ibert Concerto by Jacob Stockinger, The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin

Phenomenal flute soloist Dionne Jackson drew well-deserved cheers, and the three-hour, two-intermission program inspired, and earned, a six-minute standing ovation.

— Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times

Barenboim led his young colleagues in a ride through Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 that rivaled the work of many a visiting professional orchestra; Dionne Jackson was the awe-inspiring flutist.

— Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

Both contrasted well with the Gallic sensuality and dazzling brilliance of the Ravel Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe. There was a standing ovation and plenty of solo bows. Barenboim accepted a bouquet of flowers, and walked them back into the woodwind section, where he presented a flower to principal flutist Dionne Jackson, who played so beautifully in the Ravel.

— Joseph Cunniff, The Leader

Flutist Dionne Jackson’s New York debut recital was a triumph on every level: technically, musically, and programmatically…..In a nutshell, the Jackson/Vuong duo proves beyond question that technical perfection and soul are not incompatible. What a debut!

— Jed Distler, New York Concert Review

Sewell returned to the stage with guest flutist Dionne Jackson to perform Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major (K. 313), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Throughout the Concerto I was impressed with Jackson’s technique, breath control, stage presence and her keen ability to balance the lyrical and articulate elements of the style.

— Timothy Guenther, News Journal, Mansfield, Ohio

Un son de velours, une incroyable souplesse dans les passages acrobatiques de Copland ou de Casella: Dionne Jackson, 21 ans, selectionnée sur tout le territoire des États Unis d’Amérique comme la meilleure musicienne 1993, a fait honneur à son pays et à la musique, l’autre soir, au Métropole Palace.

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