Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tomness at DePauw

Two nights ago I took my daughter to see Tom Meglioranza perform on campus. You can read about his accompanist issues here at his blog. Despite this major problem, he gave a helluva recital. Tom was dramatic without going overboard. He made physical gestures when appropriate, and his facial expressions were communicative without being distracting. But what I really liked was his musicality. Tom has an absolutely gorgeous voice, the kind that could tempt a singer to wallow in timbre at the expense of phrasing and narrative. But Tom did not yield to sin. The stories were evoked masterfully, and the subtleties of dynamics, rhythm, and color were beautiful.

I'd also like to give a shout-out to DPU's own Meeyoun Park, who was incredibly poised and musical as the stand-in. Our students are quite fortunate to work with talented accompanists like her.

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