This past weekend on Saturday night, Ilana Lubitsch, Adjunct Voice Professor, gave a beautiful recital in Tyler-Tallman Hall. The performance, entitled “An Evening of Love Songs,” featured several classical love songs as well as a selection of music theatre pieces, all accompanied by Music professor Dr. David Gilliland.
From the moment Lubitsch took her place beside the piano, she had captured the audience’s attention with her confidence and inviting stare. Lubitsch demonstrated her expertise by performing three French pieces. The control in her voice was unmatched by any other performance I have seen at Davidson. Furthermore, the ease and confidence with which she sang was impressive.
Lubitsch proceeded to perform four compositions written by Richard Strauss from his work titled “Sechs Lieder nach Gedichten von Clemens Brentano, Op. 68.” Before blowing the audience away once again, Lubitsch described for the audience the mood of each piece. She also shared childhood memories associated with the pieces. Her grandfather, in particular, was the one who exposed her to Strauss. Lubitsch demonstrated her love for both her grandfather and Strauss’s work through her performance – a beautiful conclusion to the first half of the recital.
After intermission, Lubitsch performed musical theatre pieces, which were entertaining and exposed the audience to Lubitsch’s acting skills. Her ability to stun in both genres illustrated her excellence and talent. The recital came to a close with “Ah! Je veux vivre (Romeo et Juliette)” by Charles Gounod. What better end to a program of love songs than with Juliet’s Waltz?
Overall, “An Evening of Love Songs” was a wonderful concert. Lubitsch’s passion and vocal power permeated the hall and stunned audience members, who gave her a well-deserved standing ovation.
Lubitsch gives applied music lessons at Davidson for both non-credit and credit, and also runs her own private voice studio. Additionally, she performs across the country in a vocal duo Caro e Cara.
The next performance in Tyler-Tallman Hall is “Old Time Music” with Wayne Henderson on February 18 at 7:30 p.m.