Monday May 11, 2009 / 7:30pmRecent Songs by Jake Heggie, Featuring Frederica von Stade
How was your experience?
A memorable evening; perhaps not entirely so, but the highlights were remarkably high. Jake Heggie's art songs showed breadth; from touching to hilarious. There were a number of vocalists, including the delightful Nicholas Phan and the theatrically savvy Catherine Cook; but the high point were a series of duets featuring Kristin Clayton and the legendary Frederica von Stade. Perfect as a post-Mother's Day set, the four songs were set to lyrics by Charlene Baldridge, Armistead Maupin, Eugenia Zukerman and Jake Heggie himself. The voices blended beautifully, their performances were insightful and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.