MUCH MUSIC AT MAVERICK AND BARD


MUCH MUSIC AT MAVERICK AND BARD

Leslie Gerber, The Woodstock Times, August 28 2014

“On Saturday, August 23, the annual Maverick Chamber Orchestra Concert was described as an “extravaganza,” and it certainly was…..The concert, “In the House of Don Manuel,” was a tribute to the composer Manuel de Falla and his friendship with the great poet Federico Garcia Lorca. A very large audience, the largest I’ve seen for a regular season concert at the Maverick in a very long time, enjoyed the opening work, Silvestre Revueltas’s Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca,” a wonderful and funny piece of music performed with great precision and panache under Maverick’s Music Director Alexander Platt. The man can really conduct!

The next work, “Canciones,” elaborate settings of three Spanish poems (one by Lorca) composed by Simon Holt, featured guest mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, brought over from England to demonstrate her mastery of Holt’s fearsome writing. Although the music was dissonant and challengiing, it had real substance and Schaufer won an ovation from the audience…..The remainder of the music was all Falla. Platt cleverly arranged a suite from “The Magistrate and the Miller’s Wife,” the small orchestra original of what became “The Three-Cornered Hat.” He led idiomatic and precise playing from the orchestra, with a brief but spectacular contribution from mezzo-soprano Maria Todaro…..The concert concluded with Falla’s magnificent Harpsichord Concerto in the composer’s approved alternate version for piano. I think the sound o the harpsichord contributes better to the austerity of the music, but the crisp, sharp rhythms of this performance made it effective.”