Said Hans Christian Anderson. Indeed, sixty women singers can make a lot of joyful noise. Among the many pleasures of listening to the SoHarmoniums is their eclectic repertoire which, on the night I heard them, ranged from classic American spirituals to a piece without lyrics to an international tango written by an Italian composer with words by an Uruguayan poet and a strong Spanish feel. Top it with the closing number, Hooked on Classics, that merged ten famous classical pieces (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Rossini’s Carmen Prelude, the 1812 Overture, etc.) adding entertaining words and give this group and their leader additional points for showing their sense of fun.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
The program, presented in association with One Day University®, didn’t exactly live up to the “great” part of its name as host, Sean Hilton, made clear in his introduction explaining the focus was on “underrated duets.” Exactly right and very interesting—and often fun—to hear music that the enthusiastic audience wasn’t fully familiar with.