Artful art songs

The rising musical stars of Douglas shine in Arts at One

By Kealy Doyle, Contributor

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the winter semester draws to a close, the Douglas College music department is wrapping up in grand style. This week’s Arts at One was a celebration of skill and musicianship which also acknowledged an audience challenged in recent weeks by some rather difficult music. The scholarship winners brought their ‘A’ game to pieces familiar and new and were warmly received.

It was a barnstormer of an opener. Stefani Yap put the piano through its paces with a hugely dextrous rendition of the third movement from Haydn’s “Piano sonata No. 62 in E-flat major.” The Presto is fast, strident, and proud, but always accessible. Those wonderful melodic trills were a delight. Special mention must go to Yap for her excellent attention to dynamics; she gave busy music room to breathe. It was these little touches that elevated her and many of her fellow performers from the merely ‘good’ to ‘great.’

Those sensitive dynamics were also at work in Spencer Waugh’s version of “Stella Australis,” by Argentine composer M. D. Pujol. There were some lovely arpeggios in this moody Spanish guitar piece of sunburnt landscapes and gentle Mediterranean zephyrs. It was a moment to reflect before launching into another vigorous piano session.

Amy Teo-Poh began Schubert’s gorgeous “Impromptu in G-flat Major No.” without a moment’s hesitation. Anchoring the melody with a tremendous series of oscillating triads that hardly let up throughout the five-minute piece, Teo-Poh made easy work of this romantic, deeply felt meditation. The feeling of satisfaction as the melody returned home after its anguished wanderings could hardly be expressed. It was a rewarding piece for both the performer and the audience.

Teo-Poh finished with a less familiar piece, the “Lament of Lady Zhao Jun” by Chinese composer Doming Lam. The audience was instantly transported to the Far East with the first strains of the simple but exotic pentatonic melody. It played with tempo and discordance, never quite settling into the harmonic chord. Despite some delicate work at the higher end of the keyboard, it grew into an unsettled, raging lament with only occasional glimpses of relief and harmony. To hear it played with a full orchestra would be quite something.

It was then time for a complete change of pace: enter mezzo-soprano Melissa Purnell. She began with “Le papillon et la fleur,” a lovely vocal piece by well-known Romantic composer Gabriel Fauré. These art songs are singers’ showcases, and, expertly accompanied by pianist Christian Bideau, Purnell soared. Her mature, rich voice was well-suited, her technique was excellent, and she sang with interest and emotion.

Purnell’s masterpiece and perhaps the best piece of the concert, however, was Richard Hageman’s “Do not go, my love,” a mournful early 20th century art song set to a short work by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. It is Hageman’s best-known art song, and deservedly so. This had shades of Purcell’s haunting Dido and Aeneas and the melodic French chansons of Reynaldo Hahn. Purnell’s performance was superlative: this was not simply a piece to sing but to act, and she did so tastefully and with no trace of self-consciousness.

Purnell was joined for her final piece by soprano Leanne Gilder. Mozart’s “Sull’aria” from The Marriage of Figaro is one of the best-known female duets in classical music (the eagle-eared will remember it from The Shawshank Redemption). With charming use of props, Purnell and Gilder gave an accomplished account of this beautiful duettino. Purnell was excellent, Gilder’s voice strong, and the harmony pleasing. It left a smile on this audience member’s face.

Their accompanist Bideau took up the baton next with a revisiting of a challenging François Morel étude. It was as complex and unpredictable as in the first hearing, but left the audience in no doubt of Bideau’s prodigious skill as he mastered every tempo, dynamic, and note on the keyboard. He is an enormously accomplished performer with command of the subtle touches—a pause here, a softening there. His is a career to watch with interest.

Last but by no means least was an astonishing work by Georges Guilhaud. His “First concertino in G minor” was a brilliant setting of classical motifs to alto saxophone. Accompanied by Williams Budhiharto, Kelvin Lui sent shivers through the room with an opening arpeggio almost worthy of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The sax’s full, throaty elegance worked perfectly—in its higher register, it was positively piercing. A stunning work that was well performed.

The Arts at One series finishes for the winter semester on April 5 with student ensembles. Performances are free to attend and begin every Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster campus.

The Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College's student newspaper since 1976. Articles, insight and updates from the New West and Coquitlam campuses.

More Posts - Website

4,884 comments on “Artful art songs
  1. I’m beginning to suppose both they’re allowed or
    Google really doesn’t care about this as a lot as I believed they did.

  2. I need to to thank you for this great read!!
    I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I have gott you book-marked
    to look at new things you post…

  3. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be really one thing that I think I might by no means understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and extremely wide for me.
    I am taking a look ahead on your subsequent submit, I will try to
    get the hold of it!

  4. The V model offers a strongly structured process similar
    to the waterfall model, but offers shorter feedback
    loops. Cystitis happens due to the penetration of bacteria
    into the urethra. He wrote a book concerning one of the
    most famous flattop plateaus, or tepui’s, where the plants and animals on top had become separated from the rest
    of the world because of eroding land around it, and they evolved by themselves over time into indigenous species existing nowhere else.

  5. Paragraph writing is also a excitement, if you be
    familiar with after that you can write otherwise it is difficult
    to write.

  6. It is tһe best time to makе somе plans for thе future ɑnd it іs tіme to ƅе happy.

    Ⅰ’veread thіs post and if I cօuld Ӏ want to suggest yοu
    sߋme interesting things or suggestions. Ⲣerhaps you can write next articles referring tоo tһis article.

    Ⅰ wіsh to read even moгe tɦings about it!

  7. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before
    but after browsing through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.

    Regardless, I’m definitely happy I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

  8. Heya і am fоr the fiгst timе һere. Ӏ fⲟund thiѕ
    board and I find Ӏt truⅼy սseful & iit helped mе out а lot.

    I hope to give something bacdk ɑnd aiid օthers llike you aided me.

  9. Ahaa, its good discussion regarⅾing tis article аt thiѕ рlace ɑt thiѕ web site, I ɦave reaⅾ all that, so
    at tɦiѕ time me alѕo commenting аt tҺiѕ ρlace.

  10. ӏ don’t know whetһer it’s jᥙst me оr if ρerhaps еverybody elsе experiencing problemѕ with
    уour blog. It seems like ѕome of thee tex ԝithin your content are running
    off tɦᥱ screen. Cann sojebody еlse ρlease provide feedback аnd leet me know іf thiѕ is happening to
    them tօo? Thіѕ miǥht be a issue wіth my internet browser because I’ve
    had this hhappen pгeviously. Thank you

  11. I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I
    never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the
    web will be much more useful than ever before.|
    I could not resist commenting. Well written!|
    I’ll immediately clutch your rss as I can’t
    find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Please allow me know in order that I could subscribe.
    Thanks.|
    It’s perfect time to make some plans for
    the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or advice.
    Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I want to read more things about it!|
    It’s appropriate time to make a few plans for the
    long run and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this publish and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or advice.

    Maybe you could write next articles regarding this article.
    I wish to read even more issues approximately it!|
    I have been browsing online greater than 3 hours lately, but I by no means found any
    attention-grabbing article like yours. It is beautiful value
    sufficient for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers
    made good content as you probably did, the internet will probably be much more useful than ever before.|
    Ahaa, its pleasant dialogue on the topic of this piece of writing here
    at this webpage, I have read all that, so now me also commenting
    at this place.|
    I am sure this post has touched all the internet users, its
    really really pleasant post on building up new webpage.|
    Wow, this piece of writing is nice, my younger sister is
    analyzing these kinds of things, therefore I am going to
    let know her.|
    bookmarked!!, I really like your website!|
    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up plus the
    rest of the website is also very good.|
    Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it ;
    ) I may return yet again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other
    people.|
    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between superb
    usability and visual appeal. I must say you’ve
    done a amazing job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely quick
    for me on Safari. Exceptional Blog!|
    These are actually enormous ideas in concerning blogging.
    You have touched some fastidious factors here. Any way keep
    up wrinting.|
    I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and
    exposure! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve you
    guys to our blogroll.|
    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared
    this website with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the
    information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my
    followers! Excellent blog and superb design.|
    I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you
    guys to our blogroll.|
    Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and
    Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!|
    Hey there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot
    quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a fair price?

    Kudos, I appreciate it!|
    Everyone loves it when individuals come together and share views.
    Great site, keep it up!|
    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
    By the way, how could we communicate?|
    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The
    words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something
    to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you
    get the issue solved soon. Thanks|
    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Cheers!
    Where are your contact details though?|
    It’s very straightforward to find out any topic on net as compared to books,
    as I found this post at this site.|
    Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating
    it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some
    recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.|
    Hey there! I’ve been reading your weblog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas!
    Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!|
    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided
    to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you
    present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, great blog!|
    Its like you learn my thoughts! You seem to understand a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something.

    I feel that you just can do with a few percent to force the message
    home a bit, but other than that, that is wonderful blog.
    An excellent read. I will certainly be back.|
    I visited various web sites except the audio quality for
    audio songs current at this website is truly excellent.|
    Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and
    i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a
    lot of spam responses? If so how do you stop it, any
    plugin or anything you can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me
    mad so any assistance is very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post!
    It is the little changes that produce the largest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!|
    I really love your website.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you develop this amazing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own personal
    blog and would like to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called.
    Thanks!|
    Hello there! This article couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept talking about this. I most certainly
    will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he’ll have
    a great read. Thanks for sharing!|
    Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject
    but it has pretty much the same page layout
    and design. Excellent choice of colors!|
    There’s definately a lot to know about this subject.
    I like all of the points you have made.|
    You made some really good points there. I looked on the net to find out more
    about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this
    web site.|
    What’s up, I log on to your blogs like every week. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep it up!|
    I just couldn’t leave your web site prior to suggesting that
    I really enjoyed the standard info a person provide in your guests?
    Is going to be back steadily in order to check out
    new posts|
    I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.
    I’ve got you book marked to check out new stuff you post…|
    What’s up, just wanted to mention, I liked this article.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!|
    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.|
    I every time spent my half an hour to read this web site’s
    articles all the time along with a cup of coffee.|
    I always emailed this web site post page to all my contacts, for the reason that if like to read it then my contacts will too.|
    My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net
    from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.

    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on numerous websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another
    platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts
    into it? Any help would be really appreciated!|
    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but
    after browsing through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.

    Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and
    checking back regularly!|
    Wonderful article! That is the kind of info that should be shared across
    the internet. Shame on Google for not positioning this post higher!
    Come on over and discuss with my site . Thank you =)|
    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It really useful & it helped
    me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided
    me.|
    Howdy, There’s no doubt that your blog might be having internet browser
    compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your web site
    in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues.

    I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, great
    website!|
    Somebody essentially help to make severely posts I would state.
    This is the very first time I frequented your web page
    and to this point? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this actual submit extraordinary.
    Excellent task!|
    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this
    board and I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot.
    I am hoping to present something again and help others like you helped me.|
    Good day! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent information you’ve got here
    on this post. I will be coming back to your web site for more soon.|
    I all the time used to read piece of writing in news papers but
    now as I am a user of internet therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.|
    Your mode of telling the whole thing in this paragraph is truly pleasant, every one be
    capable of without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.|
    Hi there, I discovered your website by means of Google at the same
    time as looking for a related topic, your site came up,
    it seems to be great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hi there, simply became aware of your weblog through Google, and found that
    it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.
    I will be grateful should you continue this in future. A lot of people shall be benefited out of
    your writing. Cheers!|
    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been working with?
    I’m experiencing some minor security problems
    with my latest site and I’d like to find something
    more safeguarded. Do you have any suggestions?|
    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your
    blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see
    a nice blog like this one today.|
    I am really inspired together with your writing abilities and also with
    the structure to your weblog. Is that this a paid theme or did you modify it your self?

    Either way stay up the excellent quality writing, it
    is uncommon to look a great blog like this one these days..|
    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem together with your web
    site in web explorer, might test this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a huge component
    to folks will miss your great writing because of this problem.|
    I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.

    Thanks for great information I was looking
    for this info for my mission.|
    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to enhance
    my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of y
    \

  12. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I’ll
    learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  13. Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?

    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a
    few months of hard work due to no backup.
    Do you have any methods to protect against
    hackers?

  14. Yⲟu could certɑinly see yߋur skills աithin tһe article үoս wгite.
    The sector hopes for morᥱ pssionate writers ⅼike ʏou wwho aгen’t
    afraid to say hоԝ thᥱy beliᥱѵe. All tɦe
    tіme go аfter your heart.

  15. Excellent article. Keeⲣ posting such kind оf information on yоur ρage.
    Im reaⅼly impressed by your site.
    Нi theгe, You’ve done a fantastic job. Ӏ’ll defіnitely digg
    іt and in my opinion recommend tо my friends. I’m confident thеy’ll be benefited fгom thіs site.

  16. Уou rᥱally makе iit appear ѕo easy with yߋur presebtation ɦowever Ι
    in finding thіs matter to be actualⅼy somethіng which Ⅰ feell I might
    by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex ɑnd very vast foor
    me. Ι’m taking а ook ahead in your next post, I’ll tгy
    to gеt the hqng ߋf іt!

  17. Τhank you, I haᴠe recеntly Ьeen lօoking
    fߋr infoгmation ɑbout this subject fߋr a whiⅼe annd үоurs іs tthe best ӏ havе discovered tіll now.
    Hоwever, wɦat ϲoncerning the bottom line? Aгe you positive сoncerning
    thhe supply?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*