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Duo has songs in their hearts PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:22
For pianist Heather McEwen Goldman her performance at the Wood County Library with soprano Adelaide Boedecker in June, 2012 was a homecoming.
The duo didn't linger in Ohio. Together they were off to perform in Los Angeles and San Francisco for  University of Rochester Alumni Association events.
They met at in the university's Eastman School of Music, where Goldman studied collaborative piano and Boedecker studied vocal performance. The vocalist was one of six musicians Goldman was assigned to work with.
In May both graduated, but they continue to perform together even as Boedecker pursues a vocal career with engagements around the country. Goldman remains based in Rochester, NY, where her husband, Ted Goldman, teaches music theory at Eastman.
She performs with the chamber ensemble Sound ExChange. The group has earned praise for its multi-disciplinary concerts in the Rochester area. One brought together the ensemble and a dance troupe in a planetarium.
Goldman said the 2012 performance in Bowling Green with Boedecker was "absolutely fantastic."
"We love performing together, and having the opportunity to do it in a place that I love, where I know so many people, was really special."
The duo is returning to the atrium of the Wood County Library for a free concert Saturday at 2 p.m.
The recital will feature pieces they performed in January for Boedecker's master's degree recital at Eastman.
"We wanted to work them up again because they are both very challenging for each of us, but also are a ton of fun to perform," Goldman wrote in an email.
That includes Libby Larsen's "Songs from Letters: Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey, 1880-1902," which the duo is especially fond of.
"We both connected to the text and music in a special way," Goldman said, "and it is something I know we will keep performing together for as long as we can.  It is the type of piece where we both have tears in our eyes at the end of it - it is just really powerful music."
She also described "Cuatro Madrigalas Amatorios" by Joaquin Rodrigo as "so poignant and has this Spanish flair to it that we both love."
The "Songs of the Auvergne" by Joseph Canteloube "is also great - first you are transported to a verdant land of flowing streams and rolling hills in the South of France, and then to a joyful country folk dance."
They will also include some musical theater because "Addie and I both get a kick out of performing it!"

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