by Mike Telin
There’s more to presenting an engaging recital then simply performing beautifully crafted music with all the correct notes played at the right time. A performer also needs to be able to speak about the music in a conversational and informative manner that gives the audience the information they need to know without making them feel like there’s going to be a quiz at the end. On Monday, March 18 in the Studio Theatre at the Stocker Arts Center in Elyria, flutist Karen Johnson and pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez most certainly had the audience’s rapt attention during their recital titled The American Sprite II. The evening featured music by North and South American composers and was presented as part of Lorain County Community College’s Signature Series.
Johnson, who is based in the Washington DC area and serves on the faculty at the Levine School of Music and St. Mary’s College in Maryland, has a way of communicating even the most complicated musical rhetoric in down-to-earth terms. [Read more…]