"Her captivating score plays musical games of sound and color, often requiring Mr. Lebhardt to strike keys with one hand while, leaning into the piano, moving his other over the strings to create sounds that combined percussive thumps with sighing harmonics. The more traditional elements involved rustling runs, skittish riffs and high tinkling figures that evoked pagoda chimes, all splendidly played."
"In writing the symphony, Ms. Ko...conducted spectral analyses of audio clips of explosions and experimented with other sounds. The resulting piece for acoustic instruments proved more somber and eerie than jubilant, its initial rumblings morphing into dramatic surges. Ms. Ko’s vivid orchestral palette included fragile whispers in the upper strings interrupted by ominous brass flourishes, with sonic explosions following more sparsely orchestrated fragments."
"...Covers and Uncovers” required the strings and winds to rattle and ring brightly hued desk bells and the percussionist to “play” a metal tube using a threaded metal rod – sights that appeared as curious as they first sounded. However, the juxtaposition of earthy noises with ringing bells and instrumental tones worked well to create an abstract landscape vista."
"Tonia Ko’s “Still Life Crumbles” joins Jokubaviciute’s peculiar harpsichord with Kim’s diaphanous bowing and sudden sparks of pizzicato. It all sounds like a gothic tumble down Alice’s rabbit hole."
"Written for the group, Ko’s piece is stunningly smart, a portal to a literary world that has still proven elusive to many of its readers. When the two take it on, however, it sheds any hint of impenetrability, transformed into part rock opera, part minimalist odyssey, and part experiment-gone-right. Brilliantly right."
"The strength of her piece was in the details: in the small gong that added a hint of gamelan, in the large gong struck only occasionally, in the delicate triangle and woodblocks clattering throughout. The atmosphere was immediate, artful, and, for lack of a better word, mountainous."