University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Series; Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis; Sept. 17
Over 500 people filled the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall to show their appreciation of all the good work that Maestro Leppard has done here in Indianapolis — what a compliment! He continued with his good work that evening, leading an orchestra and choir in three different compositions. The evening began with Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, a four-movement work for strings that was performed with much gusto and liveliness. The Ruth Lilly Hall’s acoustics shone that evening, right from the very first piece. The sound throughout the hall was lush, warm and entirely satisfying. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 14 in E flat Major followed, and Richard Ratliff demonstrated how very well he plays Mozart. It was a crisp and clean rendition, and the orchestra behind him was sensitive in their accompaniment. After a fun talk about his career and life in music, Leppard ended the evening with Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major, one of the shorter Masses out of his six, yet still well-esteemed and loved, and very well-performed. Happy birthday, and thank you, Maestro Leppard, for a charming evening filled with beauteous music.