"The orchestral performance was strong, deserving at times favorable comparison even to the Berlin Philharmonic..." D. Bratman - San Francisco Classical Voice

"The strength to move forward....Body of Work: Disability as a Springboard, Not a Shark" M. MacNamara - San Francisco Classical Voice

"How do we go beyond our limitations?..." Wallace Baine - Santa Cruz Sentinel

"...Barsacq conducted a splendid performance of my Beatitude Mass; her orchestra played with drama and style, and both soloists and choir sang with energy and enthusiasm, as Barsacq gave the piece shape and nuance with careful attention to phrasing and dynamics. In both the quiet and the more dramatic moments, it was one of the finest performances of this work that I have heard." Henry Mollicone - Composer

"A New, Virtuosic Cadenza..."D. Bratman - San Francisco Classical Voice

"Cadenza, Crescendo!...." Scott MacClelland - Santa Cruz Weekly

"Working with Maestra Maya Barsacq and the Cadenza Orchestra was an absolute privilege and honor. Trinitas was rehearsed with the utmost respect, and its performance was one filled with emotional depth and graceful technique. I would welcome wholeheartedly any opportunity to collaborate with them again." Anica Galindo - Composer

"Chamber Magic... Maya Barsacq keeps fans guessing with inventive programming..." - Scott MacClelland - Metro Santa Cruz

"A small gem.. a warm and zesty program, including a U.S. premiere." D. Bratman - San Francisco Classical Voice

"A first-rate cast of actor-singers and an excellent orchestra made your production of The Threepenny Opera a wonderful treat. I loved it." - Thomas A Lehrer - Singer-Songwriter, Satirist, Pianist, and Mathematician

"A memorable performance -- for the laser-specific energy of the individual cast members, as well as for their ensemble interplay-...sharing with an enthusiastic audience their enjoyment of Brecht-Weill's work and their own." - Michel Singher - Conductor

"Three Penny Opera is my favorite stage play, I have the original recordings, I listen to them a lot, and I've seen at least twenty productions of it and this production is one of the best I've ever seen, I loved it". - Nick Herbert - Author

"a spiritual experience...." - Laura Chatham - Scotts Valley Times

"Listening to this Orchestra is a rare and magical experience... Maya Barsacq created a delicate, powerful energy with her players that was perfect...the music came alive." - Susan Alexjander - Composer

"The concert was FABULOUS... The soloists (Rochelle Bard and Jason Detwiler) were absolutely wonderful and the whole experience was, simply THAT: an experience. Thank you sooooo much. What a superb evening!" - Reg Huston - Singer/Actor/Director

"The Orchestra teams with the Ariose Singers for an evening of adventurous programming...." - Scott MacClelland - Metro Santa Cruz

"Once again Maya Barsacq chose very unusual musical works and blended them into an evening that topped the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra's earlier concerts. The audience which was made up of Santa Cruz's most knowledgeable music fans gave standing ovations many times last Saturday night...." - Bruce Bratton - Bratton Online

"Music director Maya Barsacq created the concert and conducted the orchestra in an evening of new music that was as surprising as it was well played. The Chamber Orchestra itself is an experience to hear. Together, coordinated, and with feeling..."- Bruce Bratton - Bratton Online

"People from the Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, and Santa Cruz Baroque Festival were there to hear the area's hottest new serious music group. Maya Barsacq conducted the Astor Piazzolla pieces in some of the most exciting concert music of the season..." - Bruce Bratton - Bratton Online

"Music director and conductor Maya Barsacq created an evening of beautiful music... The lead voices in the opera, the chorus, and especially the orchestra worked together beautifully...The Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra made this tricky opera into an unexpected night of excitement." - Bruce Bratton - Bratton Online

"In its auspicious debut ... the Orchestra presented stirring music... Santa Cruz is lucky to have another fine classical music performing group whose future performances we look forward to." - P. Rosenblum - Santa Cruz Sentinel