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Mary Preston

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Mary Preston press reviews

"From the opening (work) it is clear that this is playing of the highest order."(Gramophone)

"Preston performs with strength, energy, and clarity. She possesses technical flair combined with musical sensibility." (The American Organist, 2009)

"The advance notices, which hailed her as a virtuoso organist, were right on the mark. Preston made a scintillating entrance and maintained that bright aura throughout the evening....inspired and spirited performance." (The Holland Sentinel, Michigan)

"A wonderful, lyrical player."
(Orange County Register, CA)

"Mary Preston's recital was a highlight of the convention week. Her compelling performances of two 20th-century works left no doubt that she has what it takes technically and musically...[a] superb organist." (The Diapason, Chicago)

"Virtuosic performances...proved once again that she is at the top of her profession as a concert artist."
(The American Organist)

"Mary Preston gave brilliant accounts of two thorny 20th-century works...working against considerable odds. That she succeeded so well is a tribute to the energy and ability of this fine player."
(The American Organist)

"Captivating...played freely and with great animation." (The Indianapolis Star)

"A fabulous concert filled with excitement, technical prowess, and personality."
(Carol Newton Hawk, CA, presenter)

"Left us spellbound...displayed an absolutely magisterial rhythmic control."(The Diapason, Chicago, review of national AGO convention, Los Angeles)

"A rousing performance...The audience responded with a standing ovation." (The American Organist)

"Preston played with power and varied tasteful registrations. Her prowess as an organist was aptly displayed in her selection of solo works...Preston utilized a strudy technique and deep understanding of the intricacies of the Romantic style."
(The Los Angeles Times)

"To an enthusiastic audience...Preston played stunningly and revealed the instrument's wider palette of colors....She gave brilliant testimonies to her talents, to the music and to the organ."
(Lincoln Journal, Nebraska)

"Put the organ through its paces with easy elan and powerful energy. Her playing was exquisite and supported by perfect rhythmic sense...a unified and satisfying artistic whole. A performance of high, even noble quality." (Santa Fe New Mexican)

"A first-class virtuoso. She's got the technique to play the most challenging repertory--in which, in fact, she flourishes--but she's also got taste. If you think of organ music as dull, you haven't heard Mary Preston....a riveting performance...Organ playing doesn't get more stunning than this....Brava!"
(The Dallas Morning News)