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Reviews & Press
SERAFIN STRING QUARTET, WEILL RECITAL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK
"After intermission we heard the World premiere of Richard Belcastro’s “A fly is in…”. Belcastro has fashioned a work that is an eclectic blend of melodic and rhythmic elements of Jazz and Rock and Roll with a uniquely contemporary harmonic vocabulary… The audience seemed to love this humorous user-friendly piece and the composer Mr. Belcastro was on hand to acknowledge the delighted ovation."

– Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review


"Fun is indeed one of the governing principles of Belcastro’s writing. His music, which fuses elements of rock, jazz, pop, and classical, can seem at once structured and antic, thoughtful and free-wheeling… the way in which he employs genre comes out of a deep respect for and love of music, whether it is silly, complex, playful or serious. And there is nothing haphazard about the end result: Though you may start in one place and end some place very different, along the way you didn’t feel that you were being pulled. You were just being led.

– Willa Rohrer, Philadelphia Music Project Magazine


I DWELL IN POSSIBILITY: EMERGING COMPOSERS ON COMPOSING
"Richard Belcastro's "Train of Thought", like a train, picks up speed and complexity as it traverses cultures from the classical toward blues harmonies and jazz rhythms."

– Deborah Kravetz, Sequenza 21


DUO CON FORZA, ETHICAL SOCIETY HALL, PHILADELPHIA
"Very Fringe, tres Downtown."

– Deborah Kravetz, Sequenza 21


SOPRANO RACHEAL GARCIA, ETHICAL SOCIETY HALL, PHILADELPHIA
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