Those of us in the audience realized that we had just heard a spectacular new work, and, after a standing ovation for the orchestra, Frantzen came running down the aisle to take a bow in front of the orchestra. More standing ovations. We imagine he’s had standing ovations before...
— Shirley Davis, North Scott Press
Beginning with rapid, chaotic passages, the fanfares and frantic scurrying were led by Mr. Smith in his characteristically crisp, enthusiastic fashion. The sweeping, rhythmic piece featured lots of percussive flavors, such as strong timpani, cymbal crashes, and snare-drum rolls. Chirping flutes, warm brass and a feverish, dramatic finish made BEYOND A WILD DREAM a terrifically exciting opener”.
— Jonathan Turner, Moline Dispatch