Soprano Lucy Shelton is guest artist with Dolce Suono Ensemble for the premiere of Fang Man’s song cycle Earth this Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00pm at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. I am delighted to be working with a magnificent group that includes in addition to Lucy: Evan Hughes, bass-baritone;Tim Early, choreographer/dancer; Brittany Flaherty-Ryan, dancer; Jeremy Gill, conductor, and my wonderful colleagues in Dolce Suono Ensemble.
After rehearsal, I asked Lucy if she would be willing to do something with me for my daily Syrinx, and she joined me inan improvisation filled with dazzling vocalizations. It was a thrilling experience!
Click here to see a review of my concerto performance with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and conductor Lorenzo Muti in Durham, North Carolina.
Here is an excerpt from the review by Andrea McKerlie in Classical Voice North Carolina:
“The second half of the concert featured soloist Mimi Stillman, beginning with Saverio Mercadante’s Concerto for flute and strings in E minor. Mercadante was an Italian opera composer who today is virtually unknown. The concerto had a smaller orchestration of strings underneath Stillman, who was very engaged with the rest of the ensemble as she played. She communicated very effectively with Muti when she handed off solos for tuttis, and stayed very enthusiastic throughout her entire performance. The lines were fluid and relaxed, even though at times the solo was so complicated that it sounded like two melodies at the same time.
The concert ended with Czardas for flute and strings by Vittorio Monti, a work that is, as Stillman explained, “Italian with a hint of Gypsy.” Concertmaster Niccolo Muti had intricate solos as introduction and then later as dialogue with the flute. The contrasting sections of the Czardas, named for a traditional Hungarian couples dance, alternated between slow and fast, sounding improvisatory and virtuosic. Stillman’s expression and flair carried this piece and gave it style, ending with a flourish that swept the audience onto its feet.”