5 stars: Ruth Lilly Performance Hall,Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Friday, March 19th 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.Friday evening, the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center highlighted the hauntingly evocative music of composer Ching-chu Hu. The performance showcased the passionate spirit of some of these fine pieces of contemporary classical music; coaxing the listener's spirit into a deeply emotional journey. Ephemeral concepts such as the silence of falling snow and the moment between breaths became visceral in the heartfelt notes of Hu's songs."Amor" fused the amorous little known lyrics of artist Michelangelo and the velvet chords of the violin, viola, cello and bass. "The Hope Moment" and "Snow Ash" were wonderful in evoking longing, passion, and hopeful sorrow, conveyed by pianist Minju Choi and violinist Scott Conklin. Kathleen Hacker's echoing vocals and Nelson Wei-Tan's surreal visual presentation in "Lonh," an old French Provencal poem, was a chilling, siren song, invoking fear and wonder. This showcase of Hu's work was a master class in the timeless magic of music's ability to inspire.