Cherie Shoemaker and Samantha Arrasmith Delight Audience at November’s Home Concert 2009

Nov 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Member Concerts, Reviews

CherieShoemaker11-09-smHats off to Cherie Shoemaker, soprano, expertly accompanied by Stan
Zenk, and pianist Samantha Arrasmith, for their sublime performances
last night at the Saturday Club home concert!

Cherie’s program included two selections from Handel – Bel piacere
and Lascia ch’io pianga; the Alleluja from Mozart’s, Exsultate, jubilate
Motet; two rarely heard selections by Vittorio Gianni – There Were Two
and Be Still, My Heart; “Fern Hill,” a beautiful art song by
Cherie’s mother, Rosalind M. Luke Crosby, set to a poem by Dylan Thomas;
Willow from the Ballad of Baby Doe, and Victor Herbert’s Italian Street
Song from Naughty Marietta.

Cherie’s lovely, floating voice with her artfully sung phrases and
beautiful melodies made the evening thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying.

SamanthaSmith-medNext came Samantha Arrasmith’s powerful interpretations of Haydn’s Sonata in D Major and Visions Fugitives, opus 22 by Prokofiev.

It was a true treat to hear Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, opus 22 in it’s entirety. Composed of 20 preludes ranging in mood from dreamy to intense, the moods range from soothing to moving.

The surprise of the evening was such a young pianist’s expert handling of the mood changes, the power, the starkness, and the subtleties of Prokofiev’s almost mysterious music.

Samantha is repeating her performance at her Spring recital. Look for it in the newsletter.

After the concert, all the attendees enjoyed delicious, home-made apple pie (compliments of Anna Maria), heart cookies, cake and various other luscious treats!


Here’s Anna Maria and Arlene Bradshaw enjoying the pie and goodies!


John Cozza, Stan Zenk and Cherie Shoemaker chat after the concert.

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