The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents Diva to Diva, featuring Ann Hampton Callaway
By Livia Peterson
The music divas could be considered Carole King, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and the like. As the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andreas Delfs introduces the concert with an energetic arrangement, the audience is prepared for a treat.
The vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway exquisitely performs a couple Ira Gershwin arrangements, Judy Garland’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend, and a Milwaukee themed tune created on the spot, among others. Ms. Hampton Callaway welcomed us with a massive figurative hug as soon as she stepped upon the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall stage. The hilarious stories included with various famous names (yes, Streisand) and improvisation allow provided intimacy. The few solos including Billie Holiday during the first act and La Vie En Rose during the second act are the highlights, as the tunes impeccably demonstrated the diva within her. Ms. Hampton Callaway consistently outdid herself throughout the concert.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is dazzling, as always. The conductor Mr. Delfs provided contagious enthusiasm and hence, it is difficult to stumble upon, especially within the symphony orchestra. Even though Delfs conducted for numerous years, he clearly hasn’t lost the passion. One could feel the energy even when he paused to conduct.
Ms. Hampton Callaway is a genuine talent, as witnessing her perform on the stage is a beautiful miracle.