"This new recording from the Ohio Light Opera...is delightful from beginning to end. ...I can recommend this with enthusiasm. ...Steven Byess captures the full spirit and vitality of the score perfectly. ...a truly delightful release."
Henry Fogel — Fanfare Magazine (Sousa "El Capitan" — Albany Records)
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Music Director
North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Music Director
Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director
Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor

Ohio Light Opera, Associate Music Director

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Public Broadcasting System (PBS)

"Byess' conducting had enormous forward motion, as well as ample room for
expressive nuances… the CIM orchestra sounded like an elegant,
seasoned Mozart ensemble. Memorable Mozart."

Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"a talented interpreter, able to capture the sweep of a piece without neglecting detail."
Atlanta Journal Constitution