"... he (Ryan Murray) seemed unusually expressive, drawing a full palette of emotion from the players, not simply through the broad, sweeping gestures of his arms and hands, but with his entire body. The passion that emanated from Murray came through in the crisp, expressive playing of the orchestra... "
"Throughout the Requiem, Conductor Murray was especially adept at selecting and maintaining appropriate tempos. The Kyrie Eleison was full of energy, the Lacrymosa didn’t drag, and when music danced, as in the Cum sanctis tuis section of the Agnus Dei — it really danced... When a chorus and director perform the Mozart Requiem, they assume a responsibility. They are presenting something that is cherished by so many, something replete with expectations that may be based on a lifetime of experience with the piece. Conductor Ryan Murray and the Music in the Mountains Chorus (and the four soloists) didn’t disappoint this listener. Indeed, they presented a performance that was in every way authentic and immensely satisfying."
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REVIEW: Music in the Mountains - Mozart Requiem
"Following Fresno Grand Opera’s powerful production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in February, the company followed it up Thursday night at the Saroyan Theatre with a solid “Tosca.”... aspects of the show were first-rate, particularly the Fresno Grand Opera Orchestra and Ryan Murray’s muscular yet sensitive conducting. The often brassy, pounding martial exuberance of Puccini’s score felt stately and sweeping."
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FresnoBeehive | OPERA REVIEW: ‘Tosca’