Saturday, October 30, 2004

Perfect Collaboration

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 was a night portraying perfect collaboration between two musicians as soprano, Barbara Paré teamed up with pianist John Clodfelter once again. Working as a singer/pianist team for four years, it was obvious from their perfectly matching elegant attire to their bows they were in sync.
Wednesday night’s program was filled with a variety of styles and languages. The beginning of the program was dramatic and set the mood with Non disperar, chi sa? from Giulio Cesare by Handel and ended in a humorous note with How To Get Heat Without Fire from The Pocketbook by Tom Cipullo. Works by Paul Bowles, Alban Berg, and Richard Hundley were also heard throughout the evening.
Both Paré and Clodfelter portrayed engaging facial expressions and played/sung with heaps of emotion. Also, they both changed moods splendidly between pieces. Paré’s tibre was consistent through the whole concert and her beautiful voice resonated throughout the room. However, it was shocking to me that music was used by Paré in a few of the pieces as it was distracting, unprofessional, and took away from her character at times. Clodfelter’s parts on the piano were very intricate and he surprised the audience in the final piece with some singing. From beginning to end, the audience was drawn in by the connection between Paré and Clodfelter and the enjoyable program they offered.