The Berkshire Eagle
June 1, 1998
Larks ascending in Ozawa Hall
Andrew L. Pincus
... Conductor Gisèle Ben-Dor proved that all an old war-horse needs to bring it back to life is a little imagination and a lot of heart.
... the Pro Arte under Ben-Dor is a clear champion.
... Ben-Dor has spoken in interviews of the obstacles she encountered - and not just because she is a woman - in becoming a conductor. Perhaps it was the need to overcome a kicking around by adversity, along with an excitable temperament, that made her the conductor she is.
... But she knows what she wants, and she gets results. Among other things, she has the gift - perhaps it is something she learned from Leonard Bernstein during her 1985 Tanglewood summer - of getting an orchestra revved up, not beating time for a few measures, and sending the music spinning off into orbit on its own.