JUST GOT THE PHOTOGRAPHS MATT ZORY TOOK OF YESTERDAY’S CONCERT, THE FIRST OF OUR FIFTH SEASON OF MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS AT HISTORIC PETERLOON: South of the Border, Music of Spain and Latin America
Still feeling both proud and sorry that I could not write my own review of the wonderful performances; instead I share this with our readers.
Daniel Weeks did truly sterling singing in Turina’s Poema en Forma de Canciones, with Jesse Leong, the perfect accompanist at the piano.
Kayleigh Decker was impeccable in style and voice, singing a group of Tonadillas by Enrique Granados, accompanied by the excellent James Meade at the guitar
Chloe LeGrand‘s lusciously sang the Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 of Heitor Villa-Lobos, brilliantly accompanied by an ensemble of eight violoncellos faultlessly led by CSO cellist Alan Rafferty, who also played the first cello in the Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1.
The gifted young cellists, Isobel Alsup, Peter Chan, Ryan Donohue, Phillip Goist, Hannah Hoffman, Carter Langmack, Maggie Murphy, Luke Orth, Matt Shinn and Myles Yeazell played in either and or both pieces, and were eloquently singled out by Rafferty as pupils now and colleagues some day in the future.
South African pianist Eben Wagenstrooom played as if to the Cuban manner born a dozen Danzas Cubanas – miniatures for the piano by Ignacio Cervantes, a fellow countryman of mine. Eben will be back in April for our spring concert.
James Meade, whose CD, Cancion I reviewed here some months ago, played with sensitivity and a true feel for the Iberian in music by Francisco Tarrega, and later came back to feelingly dig into Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as if he had been born in Buenos Aires.
Thank you to our good friends Johannes and Suzanne Bjorner for all the work that went into setting up and sharing Johannes beautiful paintings with our audience.
Thanks are due to my own Kimberly Daniel de Acha, who did a terrific job as hostess and Mistress of the Revels!
Thanks to the staff and management of Peterloon and to Matthew Feldman in particular, to our friends and friendly house managers Kathy Doane and Nancy Stetler, and to Marion and Sandy for preparing and hosting the after-concert reception.
AND, LASTLY, THANK YOU TO THE LOYAL AUDIENCE THAT HAS IMMEASUREABLY HELPED TO SUSTAIN US IN ALL SEASONS OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS, COME RAIN, COME SNOW, COME SHINE, THEY KEEP COMING!