Reviewing the January 9 concert for The New York Times, critic Vivien Schweitzer praised the "lively rendition" of Beethoven's Fidelio Overture that opened the program, which was conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. After intermission, the same composer's Symphony No. 1 received an "ideally paced and energetic" performance by Gilbert and the Orchestra.
Of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with soloist Lisa Batiashvili, Schweitzer wrote:
Both soloist and orchestra aptly conveyed the introspective, somber mood of the opening Nocturne, the mournful declarations of the violin unfolding with glowing sound. Ms. Batiashvili played with panache in the sardonic Scherzo and virtuoso flair in the demonic Burlesque.
Gershwin's An American in Paris closed the evening. "The Philharmonic offered a vivid interpretation, playing with dynamic swing and conveying the exuberance of the street scenes and the nostalgia of the visitor yearning for home," Schweitzer wrote.