Chase then took the stage and ... turned the remembrance to a conflagration, performing a sensationally hot version of Ravel virtuosic show-stopper, "Tzigane."
"Be a musician because you love it and cannot bear the thought of not being one"
"...one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the (Beethoven Violin Concerto's) recording history"
"technical control, beautiful sound, rhythmic flexibility, unerring taste, and natural stylistic affinity"
"Chase's interpretation of Beethoven's Violin Concerto was one of the best I have ever heard, live or recorded. ..She is like a great actress, with such presence that by speaking softly, she can make the audience hang on every syllable...The cadenzas were simply stupendous, both in composition and execution"
"Exceptional security of technique and bow control, married to a supreme inner radiance"
"Stephanie Chase's Prokofiev Sonata for violin solo exuded mastery and dynamism"
"Chase's playing was sweet and exquisite"
"Be inventive while not losing the integrity of the art"
"She played always with firm control, a fine sense of the music's subtle shadings and above all the vigor and the large gestures it often demands"
"Chase deserves the acclaim... she gave an unaffected, beautiful performance with a variety and clarity of tone that projected effortlessly. It commanded the hall"
"Beethoven's concerto is a classical gem, an opportunity for performers and audience to revel in the glories of balance and restraint. Some try to make it into a Romantic display of dazzling violin technique, but that's not what's going on here. And the piece found its ideal interpreter in Stephanie Chase"
"Stephanie Chase has a great sense of style, matchless technique and flawless intonation"
"20 Concerts To Hear This Fall - Pianist Sara Davis Buechner and Violinist Stephanie Chase"
"One of the violin greats of our era"
"The fine violinist Stephanie Chase was an elegant soloist in Beethoven's beguiling Romance in F for violin and orchestra"
"...a deeply poetic account of the (Sibelius) Concerto by Stephanie Chase, (who) poured out the impassioned northern lyricism on a spacious scale, holding enough throbbing tone and gutsy bravura in reserve for the extroverted passages"
"Rich, passionate tone, dead-true intonation throughout, and virtuosity galore"
"The soloist was the superb violinist Stephanie Chase, who played with elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination. This was a Classical performance in the best sense: clear-headed, straightforward, intelligent"
"The American violinist conquered the work's many technical hurdles as authoritatively as she illuminated its generous lyric outpourings"
"Stephanie Chase played with fire, sensitivity, impeccable intonation, and a wonderfully steady and flexible bow arm that made the violin part sound like a vocal line"