Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sarah Fox...

Today I went to Sarah Fox's senior recital. It was EXCELLENT! Sarah and Amanda gave an amazing performance. Jim Muetzel also played the flute for a piece and did a very nice job. Sarah's recital was actually almost an hour and a half, and not once did she seem tired. She had a lot of fun repertoir but at the same time very difficult repertoir. The song that impressed me the most was the piece that Jim performed with her. It is called "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman" on a Theme by Mozart. There were constant runs at a very fast pace, and many very high sustained notes. It was very impressive and I was a bit surprised that she didn't perform this piece last.
Her program began with Handel and moved to Heggie, Strauss, and Offenbach. THen there was an intermission, which was probably much needed for Sarah. During intermission Sarah actually changed dresses and Trisha Wells appeared with her for the first song after intermission. Together, they performed "Black Swan" from The Medium by Menotti. The second half of her program consisted of works by Mihaud, Strauss, Rorem, Copland and ended with Ravel. The ending piece was very nice and Sarah was really in character. My favorite piece of the entire concert was probably the Doll aria by Offenbach. Sarah stayed in character the entire piece and was very funny. She pretended to be a doll for the entire piece. This was also a very difficult piece as there were high high high E flats in this piece. It was very obvious through out this entire concert that Sarah loves what she is doing, works very hard, and was very well-prepared. I was very impressed!

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