Quick report
12 Mar 2010
Brian Dickie

The Student matinee of L'elisir at Lyric yesterday afternoon was a great occasion.  Firstly for the enthusiasm of the 3,000 young people there - all behaving impeccably.  How did that happen?

And secondly for a truly excellent and really enjoyable performance from the cast - Andriana Chuchman, René Barbera, Corey Crider and Sam Handley - performances that would grace any stage anywhere.  The Ryan Center is doing a brilliant job in developing these well chosen singers.  It is  pleasure to watch them grow during the two to three years that they spend in Chicago.  There is a particularly good crop just now.

I was late last night having been at the CSO concert.  Odd program - seems to have been a substitute for something else that had been planned.  There was an elegant performance of Schubert's Unfinished conducted by Robert Spano - and Jessica Rivera essayed the Copland Emily Dickinson songs as well as some particularly beautiful Schubert settings by Osvaldo Golijov - weird but lovely.

Less hectic day today.......


Golijov: Ainadamar
Poulenc: Gloria in G major
Spohr: Songs (6), Op. 103
Salazar: Canciones Mexicanas (3)
Adams: A Flowering Tree
Golijov: La pasión según San Marcos
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Górecki: Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
Mompou: Combat del somni
Theofanidis: Creation/Creator
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Spano: Hölderlin-Lieder: No. 1, Lebenslauf

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