Faculty Recital Pleases a Full House

By Henry C. Mayer

It was the 4th Annual Faculty Recital at the U of L School of Music and it was a gala event, indeed. Some thought it the best yet.

The musicians genuinely enjoyed the recital. Their talent was a welcome reminder that jazz is as demanding an expression of music as any other style. Jazz itself is an American classic and, if you are in doubt, listen to George Gershwin.

Edith Davis puts her whole self into whatever she sings, whether in the title role of a grand opera or the 'simple' love songs by Joseph Marx which she presented. Davis does not forget the little things that distinguish the great human person: she shared the applause with her accompanist. (Accompanists are the forgotten enablers of music.)

There is so much use of strings in serious music that the addition of selections by the Brass Quintet was most welcome.

The impressive and pleasing use of viola da gamba by Jack Ashworth and James Bates transported the audience back to the 18th Century when French dances set the standard for all Europe.

There was an intriguing recall of Parisian night life by the Woodwind Quintet, with a particular bow to Naomi Oliphant for piano input. Oliphant and Ms. Kee provided a dazzling display of piano for four hands.

As far as virtuoso work is concerned, Melvin Dickerson and Lee Luvisi were highly impressive.

Several features make this program continue to grow in popularity: the variety of the program selections has something for almost everyone; the pieces always include a number of infrequently played numbers which invariable turn out to be wee-received; and, finally, the program reminds us what an unusual asset the School of Music is for the Louisville community.

Dean Koerselman is a most gracious host and his student aides were ever courteous.