Three and a half stars
Indianapolis Museum of Art Deer Zink Events Pavilion; Oct. 19
What a joy (no pun intended) it was to listen to Elizabeth Joy Roe this past weekend! In a recital of half solo material, with a piano concerto on the other half, Roe brought the audience along on a delightful journey of varied repertoire (Bach to Corigliano) and throughout it all she demonstrated an ability to deeply connect with each piece. Her Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Minor from the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach was hauntingly intense, so much so that at the end I found myself melancholy and downcast. Yet she was easily able to transition to the cheekiness of Bedrich Smetana’s Selections from Czech Dances, particularly in the Slepicka (Little Hen) movement. Joy Roe was accompanied by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in C Minor. Here she confirmed what a lyrical player she is, bringing phrases and passages to life.