This evening of music and storytelling was remarkable in all its many expressions. The theme of Fairy and Folk Tales connected the audience with a time in which Salons were one of the main venues for live art performances.
It was a time without the conveniences of a digital world we take as norm today. That was a time when the playing of beautiful music, the act of living inspired poetry, and the declamation of beautiful poetry raised the pleasures of living.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice made famous by Mickey Mouse in the film “Fantasia” was Driftwood Wind Quintet’s opening piece of a seductive selection played with great polish. The theme continued in the radiant renditions of Edith Piaf’s, the French national icon, in the regal an emotional voice of Helene Bergeon. From France we traveled to the Celtic world, and since we were close to the Saint Patrick’s day, we had the smartest and most beloved leprechaun as M.C. (a.k.a. Ralph Potter) spreading the joy of Irish forest tales.
The Cinnamon Twist duo, Jennifer Baltz and Anne James, were so amazing in sharing their love of Robert Burns, the Scottish bard, and all things Celtic with us. Burns was a special poet and a great student of folk literature. His songs were poetic marvels and Jennifer and Anne’s music was a rich and pleasant discovery. As the moment called for, between songs Anne delighted us with a reading of ‘To A Mouse” one of Burn’s most beloved poems. They were followed by the Bracken Irish Dance Ensemble for several traditional Irish dances. The young dancers, accomplished and skilled, were all selected for the 2017 World Competition in Ireland. They gave an amazing performance pulling out all the steps in a variety of sequences. They had everyone smiling, laughing, and tapping their toes. Re-live the fun here.