How was your experience?
The segment of the program performed before the first imtermission lacked bling (Pzazz), and I believe this was created by the most celebrated choreographer! I expected better. I wonder if they were totally unaware that dancers in all white outfits with pointed, almost hood appearing hats look somewhat like the KKK! Overall the performers' dancing was top notch, and their dedication and high spirit showed throughout. The audience particularly enjoyed the refreshing creativity displayed through the use of the blacked-out stage, mirrors and glow in the dark batons or whatever in the second segment. This in my opinion was by far the most artistic and entertaining presentation of the evening. The limited ensemble of musicians were each very strong players and carried their parts well. Special recognition should go to a very well-rounded percussionist, and the female vocalist who pulled off some very difficult and unnatural tonal progressions not only with surprising accuracy, but with style. The only thing lacking in the instrumental and vocal presentaion in this performance was the musicality of the score. It came off as very contrived, as if the composer was so bent on creating an avant-garde sound that they forgot that most listeners will appreciate the use of the well-orchestrated coarse, abrasive and dissonant sounds intended to bring out a particular mood if given an occasional break in the form of even brief stanzas of music actually pleasing to the ear! This composer needs to get outside their own head once in a while and get a second opinion. Only the musicianship of the performers themselves and the mixologist's contribution from the bar saved the musical presentation in this performance.