"Two and a half stars
Thomas Gerber, Harpsichord; University of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center; Oct. 6.
Alessandro Scarlatti and his son, Domenico were quite prolific composers of the Baroque era. Domenico in particular wrote over 500 harpsichord sonatas, and the first half of this program was dedicated to but a few of those. I appreciated Gerber’s programming in that each sonata was in a different key. (F#, E, C, and D). Yet a whole half of a program (and a very long half at that) dedicated to harpsichord sonatas is too much for your average, and maybe even not so average listener. In the very short second half of the program we heard two cantatas from Alessandro Scarlatti, both sung well, first by countertenor Steven Rickards, and then mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra. It was a shame these two enjoyable pieces could not have been interspersed in the programming. A sonata followed by a cantata, followed by another sonata would have been a much more appropriate way to program the music for the evening. It would have spread things out and made it easier for the listener to more fully enjoy Gerber’s fine keyboard skills.