Andrew Wagner-Chazalon, Huntsville Festival of the Arts

It appears that someone forgot to tell Joel Hastings that he was the warm-up act. . . . Hastings delivered an impressive performance, particularly in the slow middle movement [of Chopin's Concerto in E Minor], the Romanze: Larghetto, in which he delivered exquisite phrasing and wrung the full emotional potential from every note. He also showed a deft touch in the final movement, the Rondo: Vivace, with a finale which brought the audience to its feet.