The winter-spring classical music season is off to a fine conclusion.
April 28-29 saw two concerts on solo instruments. Clarinetist Michael Bocim gave his senior recital on Thursday. It capped a year of Fort Lewis College student recitals that had mixed results. Bocim, however, concluded the series with a high-level performance with Mozarts Clarinet Concerto in A major. Originally scheduled to be played with accompanist Kathy Olinger, last-minute complications prevented her from performing. So FLC faculty mem ber Lisa Campi-Walters stepped in and sight-read the piano score. By any measure, thats dedication. Although a bit ragged, Campi-Walters played with vigor, and the work sparkled. Bocim demonstrated technical command and especially fine phrasing.
The rest, Bocim played as rehearsed with Campi-Walters accompanying. A rigorous and challenging contemporary work by Robert Muczynski was followed by a rhapsodic duet by Amilcare Ponchielli, performed with Bocims teacher, Mark Walters.
The St. Marks 2010-11 Recital Series concluded the next evening with what had to be one of the most unusual recitals of the year. Marimbist Jonathan Latta is FLC professor of percussion studies.
The marimba is my violin, my piano, he said at the beginning of the program.
Latta is proficient on many instruments, but marimba apparently is his favorite. He opened with a Bach prelude then switched into a contemporary mode with six very different works. Toward the end, organist C. Scott Hagler joined Latta for one movement of Paul Crestons Concerto for Marimba. Crestons melodic Meditation changed the atmosphere and set the scene for Christopher Nortons Forsythian Spring.
Last weekend, pianists Marilyn Garst and Campi-Walters played duets to close the fourth annual Unitarian Universalist Music Series. They opened with a big Mozart sonata for two pianos that functioned as an overture a whopping 25 minutes in length. The remainder of the program featured collections of shorter works such as Bizets 12 witty Childrens Games followed by Stravinskys Five Easy Pieces and Five Short Pieces by Alfredo Casella. The musicians concluded with Dvoráks rousing Slavonic Dance. If anything ever were written to generate toe tapping, this gypsy-inspired dance is it.
The classical music season may have wrapped up for the winter-spring shoulder season, but the Durango Choral Society has one more event to go the annual cabaret.
On Saturday night, the Durango Arts Center will host Linda Mack-Berven and her singing minions for a program of Broadway and Hollywood music. Titled Ragin Cagin, the party starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts, as Mack-Berven likes to say, until the police show up.
The Durango Womens Choir will open with Hurray for Hollywood. Then 40 singers from the Society will splash about Singin in the Rain. The highlight of the evening may be a Western Suite featuring Red River Valley among other tunes or a smattering of soloists or a comic male trio. Among the soloists is FLC student and scholarship recipient Megan Lopez.
Shes got the money song, Mack-Berven said, a show-stopper with a fish-bowl for extra donations.
The cabaret is more party than concert. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.DurangoCho ralSociety.org.