Amanda Zory and Walter Aparicio

by Briana Sene – 

May’s concert featuring Amanda Zory and Walter Aparicio was both an emotional and educational experience. The program started with works of French composer and conductor Renaldo Hahn. Amanda closed Hahn’s set with Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes (If my verses had wings) I couldn’t help to notice it had moved the audience to tears with the lyrics and her voice glistening throughout the room.

The next set was of an American composer of avant-garde contemporary classical music George Crumb. Amanda pierced us with her powerful vocals as Walter continued playing a light yet haunting melody for Crumb’s Wind Elegy.

There was a new music set list that was exciting and very memorable. One of which I’ll never forget was Tania León’s Tumbáo. There was an intricate weave of Afro-Cuban and jazz elements that left you wanting more. Amanda’s unique stage presence is absolutely captivating. Walter’s energy and firm sounds that he creates from the piano are incredibly vivid and fascinating. I consider myself lucky every time I get to experience these two wonderful musicians together, they are clearly a dynamic duo.

Listen to a clip from the performance.