“Strikingly beautiful… glorious and affecting main theme led by a solo violin soaring ever higher in even more luxuriant waves. The whirling energy (of Movement 4) conveys the anticipation and excitement of arrival in America…”
In addition to national performances of the entire symphony the sixteen minute third movement has also had its own independent performances. The third movement was awarded first place in the American Composer Competition of 2009.
“With this vivid and colorful piece, Hurwit may well have created the thing that nearly every composer, serious or popular, secretly longs to create: a Christmas standard."
Steve Metcalf, longstanding Hartford Courant music critic