Music Unites Us All. DiMenna Center, New York June 3, 2016
Lorna Case, Mezzo-Soprano Viktoria Koreneva, Mezzo-Soprano Kofi Hayford, Bass Lloyd Arriola, Piano Ben Murphy, Contrabass
Music bringing everyone together from all over the world may be something of a platitude these days. But this idea was the focus in a excellent vocal concert entitled “Music Unities Us All”, with its vast variety of different types of pieces on the program and three young and talented singers, all from different corners of the globe, performing together in America’s melting pot.
American born Mezzo-Soprano Lorna Case, a former 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, gave her spirited performances with a head of steam. Although some of her selections might have called for a more subtle interpretation. Lieutenant Case was in her element when boldly predicting impending doom on a royal Russian family in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina as well as her sensuous rendering of “Bali Ha’i” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Case’s presence glimmered like a phoenix.
All three performers were wonderfully supported by accompanist Lloyd Arriola who didn’t miss a beat. Even when there was a technical problem in the beginning with the immovable stand on the piano, Arriola adjusted his piano score accordingly and gave his singers the much needed foundation that they could lean on without worry.
Music cannot solve the problems of the world and their warring factions, but it is one element that everyone has in common, no matter how far we are from each other. And the enthusiastic performers from “Music Unites Us All” made the case for that.
About the Author: Composer,Conductor and Vocalist Charles Coleman. Music. Composer and Vocalist Charles Coleman has written and arranged for many orchestras and ensembles, including the Cincinnati Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and MDR Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig. He is a regular vocalist and conductor with Composers Concordance, Golden Fleece Ltd. and various other ensembles in the NYC area. http://www.classicalmatters.com/charles_c.htm
Kofi Hayford, Bass, ‘Ol’ Man River’ from Musical Showboat, music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRu2lO_Tj-A
Viktoriya Koreneva, Mezzo-Soprano, Soldier’s Wife by S. Rachmaninoff