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Subject: Vocal Arts DC starts the season with NYFOS and brilliant Bernstein (11-5-17)
From: Alan Savada <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:13:41 -0500
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Hey Listers, POsted this yesterday, but it seems to have been lost~!

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>     The spanking new and beautiful Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center reopened last month and Vocal Arts DC is blessed to be back in this glorious space with the NY Festival of Song in a program entitled: TAKE CARE OF THIS HOUSE: A Bernstein Celebration
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>     with
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>     Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, directors and pianists
>     Chelsea Shephard, soprano
>     Lucia Bradford and Annie Rosen, mezzo-sopranos
>     Miles Mykkanen, tenor
>     Justin Austin, baritone
>     Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone
>     Barry Centanni and Taylor Goodson, percussionists
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>     From On the Town: “Lonely Town pas de deux” 
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>     Arranged for two pianos by Charles Harmon                                          
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>     From West Side Story: “Something’s coming”   -Mr. Nykkanen                                        
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>     From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: “Seena”        -Mr. Austin                                   
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>     From Wonderful Town:“The story of my life”       -Ms. Rosen
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>     From On the Town: “Ain’t got no tears left”         -Ms. Bradford                                  
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>     From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: “We must have a ball”   -Mr. Rosas                                   
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>     From Mass: “I go on”                                          -Ms. Shephard
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>     From Candide:“You were dead, you know”        -Ms. Shephard/Mr. Mykkanen                                   
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>     From Arias and Barcarolles:                                                      
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>     “Prelude”                                                             -Ms. Rosen/Mr. Austin
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>     “Love Duet”                                                        -Ms. Rosen/Mr. Austin
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>     “Greeting”                                                          -Ms. Rosen
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>     From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: “Take care of this house” -Mr. Mykkanen                                          
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>     From Songfest:                                                      
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>     “if you can’t eat”                                                       -company
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>     “I, too, sing America/Okay Negroes”                        -Ms. Bradford/Mr. Austin                
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>     “A Julia de Burgos”                                                   -Ms. Shephard
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>     “To what you said”                                                     -Mr. Rosas & company 
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>     “To my dear and loving husband”                              -the ladies
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>     “To the poem”                                                             -company
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>     Encore:From West Side Story: Tonight Suite-company
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>     While I had been in the Terrace Theater previously for a dance program, this was my virgin hearing of the new acoustic and it is so alive it's truly a blessing! The gorgeous grained wood walls that surround the stage and form and acoustic shell extend along the sides of the theater in undulating wooden waves and the warmth and colors of the intimate auditorium make this the premier small size vocal spot in town!
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>     The two songs from Wonderful Town and On the Town, were actually cut from the original as Mr. Blier explained in his always witty program narrative. He actually started by saying, "Welcome to your new hall....if it's missing tomorrow, don't look for me!" 
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>     I loved the "We must have a ball" selection where Mr. Blier explained that the character singing, James Buchanan, was throwing a party and while he wasn't the best president ever, he wasn't the worst; the allegory got a huge laugh and he proceeded to dedicate the piece to the Republican Party! The company joined in almost like a crowd of press corps with "Mr. President, how will a ball make America great again?"
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>     I was unfamiliar with all of the music from Arias & Barcarolles as well as the Songfest, all of which were beautifully presented, but I wwas so impressed y the juxtaposition of the two poems by Langston Hughes and June Jordan in "I, too, sing America/Okay, negroes" where both Ms. Bradford and Mr. Austin really knocked us over with a superb rendition.
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>     Ms. Shepard followed with a brilliant "A Julia de Burgos" full of Latin force, making it my favorite piece all afternoon with its soaring soprano and percussion.
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>     The three women also blended so beautifully in :To my dear and loving husband."
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>     The singers were also superb with two mezzos that impressed us all and just an entire team that made this afternoon so special, especially in the presence of Jamie Bernstein, the composer's daughter.
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>     A great start to a new season!
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>     ALAN SAVADA of Washington, DC
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