Minnesota Public Radio
Jay Gabler
June 5, 2015

“Gatto both adapted the libretto and wrote the score, which requires a large brass band (the Adam Meckler Orchestra) that evokes the story’s southern setting — but don’t expect any jazzy interludes or ironic rearrangements of ‘Dixie.’ Gatto’s contemporary style is somber and atmospheric, veering from unsettlingly clamorous to eerily serene. Though there are comic moments in the show, laughter dies quickly and may be replaced by tears; in its total effect, the piece is almost an American requiem.”