Adrianne Pieczonka, credit Johannes Ifkovits
Date: Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
Venue: LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall, pretty much full for another excellent Jeffery Concerts event.
In a few words: Adrianne’s excellence is well outside JBNBlog’s competence range as a critic. She is terrific & her rapport with Stephen Ralls, was remarkable. My favourite moments were John Greer’s settings of love (& sex/desire/Eros) poems from the Ancient Mediterranean titled Allegory of Sweet Desire . . . wow etc.
Cover song of the night: The encore was a spectacular Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Has Pieczonka ever made a Christmas album?
Of note: Pieczonka’s former teacher at Western, Alvin Reimer, came out to announce gremlins had shuffled the order of the program as printed . . . if unheeded his correction might have had out-of-depth critics praising the Duparc for the Wagner or whatever.
*A few brief reports on a weekend when soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, roots music supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and songwriter/singer/rising star Cold Specks headlined in London. Other Canadian content on the weekend included The Sheepdogs and London’s The McCartney Years. JBNBlog missed those Friday, Nov. 30, events . . . but was delighted by The London Singers/Beal Singers/orchestra event with guests on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Dundas St. Centre United Church. David Weaver directed & Rachel Snow & Ross McDonald were guests.