These two together were hoot and wildly entertaining, not to mention talented. Lisa rocked her three gorgeous gowns as well. Lisa's voice is clear, fabulous, and emotional in both opera style and Broadway belt. I was delightful to hear her sing the well known songs as well as pieces I'd never heard before.
Oh, and the performance of Rhapsody in Blue by Jason Hardink, wow! He's handsome to boot!
It doesn't hurt to have handsomeness twice. Thus, photo #2.
In some of the original 1924 reviews this concerto was called trite, feeble, sentimental, and vapid. This either means those of us who love this concerto are trite, feeble, etc. (I've been called worse.) Or it means that the reviewers didn't know a great, new, modern masterpiece when it hit them in the face. I prefer the latter theory.
The night wouldn't have been complete without mentioning the fantastic clarinetist, Tad Calcara. It is not in many symphonic performances that the clarinet is featured, but with Gershwin the clarinet shines. And Tad made it shine. Rhapsody in Blue wouldn't start out nearly as amazing without that well played glissando at the beginning.
Tad even wore an official Artie Shaw jacket. The conductor showed the certificate to the audience to prove it. The jacket sealed the deal on an amazing clarinet performance.
Another 5 star evening with the Utah Symphony.