"As soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on live
television ... cellist Amy Sue Barston performed Dvorak's Cello
Concerto with controlled abandon."
– Chicago Tribune
"The New York premiere was performed with passion and
eloquence ... performed by cellist Amy Sue Barston."
– New York Times
"The deep, rounded tones of Barston's cello haunted the
vocal line like a sorrowing vision."
– Chicago Sun Times
"Amy Barston, cellist, was a shining star. She created
excruciating tension by a pluck of a string ... with exquisite
precision, timing, and sensitivity."
– Portland Press Herald
July 25, 2010: Article from The Seattle Times. Performance of Mozart Fit for Royality — and Everyday Chamber Music Fans — at Olympic Music Festival. [view online]
"[Mozart] flattered his royal patron by including many prominent and taxing solos for the cello, which the king played with enthusiasm and surely with some competence. Amy Sue Barston rose nobly to the occasion at the Olympic Music Festival performance on Saturday, phrasing eloquently with lustrous tone in the frequent passages near the top of the cello's range, and providing solid grounding for her colleagues when Mozart took the instrument down to its formerly prevailing lower reaches."
August 18, 2005: Article from the Rochester Democrat &
Chronicle. Canandaigua's chamber music festival promises
"On February 11, 2005, we presented cellist Amy Barston
at St. Luke's Hospital in a program called "An Afternoon
of J.S. Bach: The Solo Cello Suites 1, 3, & 6." Patients,
family members, hospital staff and guests gathered in the main
lobby of this medical center's uptown hospital to hear Amy's
sensitive and haunting renditions of these famous cello suites.
Playing a Stradivarius cello on loan to her, Amy was able to
bring distinctive musical subtleties to each suite that seemed
quite natural on the gorgeous 300+ year-old instrument. The
audience was delighted to have such a musical gift in the middle
of their normal winter Friday afternoon, and there were many
shows of appreciation to both the cellist and the Classical
Cures staff. Immediately after this concert, Amy was gracious
enough to bring the first movement of Bach Suite No. 1 to the
bedside of a patient who is recovering in a nearby rehabilitation
hospice. The patient and family were most grateful for the private
mini-concert. It was a satisfying afternoon of music and healing
– Classical Cures
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