November 3, 2009

How Wonderful A Sound Can Be

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Last Sunday night I joined 3 other girls to drive out to Tarrytown NY to see Julia Murney at Cabaret at the Castle. It's a series of concerts with Broadway actors held at the Castle on the Hudson. The drive itself was so much fun and the concert, enjoyable.

Yes, it was a real castle which was beautiful in itself. The concert venue was set in this space that seemed to be a chapel which was part of the complex. Very elegant and intimate.

Her song list was the same as her Feinstein's concert in May '09 (read about that concert here) give or take one or two songs. She even had the same music director, Tony winner Tom Kitt and cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf who played beautiful music. Julia was in great voice that night and her rendition of So Anyway (from Next To Normal) and Good Thing Going/Not A Day Goes By never fails to move me. But that night I thought her rendition of Maria (from West Side Story) was very memorable. She sung it with a subtext of seeing her child for the first time. I thought it was more beautiful this time but I don't know why. It just was.

Another treat from where I was seated was to watch Tom Kitt tinker those piano keys during the concert. His fingers were so nimble and lithe it was fascinating to watch.

Julia Murney singing So Anyway from Next To Normal. This video courtesy of mspt47 was from her Feinstein's concert in May '09

Photos I took that night:

Entrance to the Castle

The entrance to the concert venue

The venue - what an intimate space! I took these photos before the show started.

The Ceiling.....doesn't it make you feel that you're in the court of Henry VIII?


Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Thanks for the review - I love reading about this sort of thing. Looks like a beautiful setting - and sounds like watching Tom Kitt was a nice bonus! Thanks for posting that video, it's reeeeally good.

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