Sunday, March 9, 2008
My Son's Senior Voice Recital
Last Friday night was a really special night for our family. Our oldest son, David, gave his college senior voice recital. David is a baritone and a very fine singer. He planned an ambitious program and pulled it off wonderfully. David sang songs by Schubert, Ravel, Mahler, and Vaughan Williams. Some of his college friends assisted him in pieces by Handel and Samuel Barber. One of the most exciting parts of the evening for me was having David's friend and opera director come to sing a duet with him. David had met this amazing singer last fall when he sang in I Pagliacci with Opera Lancaster. John Darrenkamp performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 22 seasons and the New York City opera for 7 seasons. He sang professionally for 38 years. At the recital, David and John sang Suoni la tromba (I Puritani) by Bellini. Since I am my son's accompanist, I had the honor of accompanying this incredibly talented and gracious man, as well as my dear son. It was a night I will never forget!