Music to my ears
Having heard that world-renowned singer Dorothy Stone would be appearing in Hawley, PA (www.silkmillharmony.com) I did a bit of research and instantly made a reservation. Stone has taught and performed in opera, musical theatre and recitals throughout the United States, Europe and South America, and having experienced her in person, now I know why. “Harmony Presents” producer Jill Carletti promised that Dorothy (www.vocedoro.org) would present an evening of classical compositions mixed with standards and a bit of Broadway thrown into the mix, and Ms. Stone delivered all that and so much more. Her voice, which is (IMHO) beyond magnificent, is matched by her mesmerizing stage presence and impeccable acting prowess which, when combined, swept the audience up in an evening that gave me goosebumps and thrilled us all to the core. Acknowledging the small crowd seated at café tables in the Boiler Room, Stone put the mic aside, saying, “Let’s keep it nice and casual and pretend we’re all in my living room in Paris, sharing a glass of wine and espousing the pros and cons of amour.” Displaying an amazing range of emotions and techniques, Ms. Stone left the audience breathless with her renditions of “La Vie en Rose” and “Allez Vous-En” (please go away) before mixing it up with Amanda McBroom’s “Ship in a Bottle.” It’s not easy to combine German composer Robert Schumann with Irving Berlin, followed by Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You,” but Stone made it seem so, effortlessly approaching each style with incredible skill and vocal prowess that had the audience on its feet cheering and clamoring for more. Why were there empty seats? I’ve no idea, and anyone who claims that there is no top-drawer entertainment and nothing to do on any given weekend here in the Upper Delaware River Valley is just plain wrong. Carletti’s claim that “The Gold Magnolias” performance (April 5) will be “amazing” and guarantees that the band’s “Brooklyn southern soul will make you dance, stomp and sing” sounds promising, so Dharma and I will be sitting ringside for that.