Meridian Song Project; Trinity Episcopal Church; March 4.
I can use many words to describe Sunday night’s program: engaging, lush, glowing. Steve Stolen, tenor, along with violinist Glen Kwok and pianists Catherine Bringerud and Gary Walters, were technically polished, but were equally, if not more, emotionally well-versed in the music of this program. When Stolen sings, whether it’s about love or Greek mythology, he sings as if it all happened to him firsthand, and delivers the story to you personally. Kwok excelled at complementing and adding to Stolen’s performance on many pieces, not least of all Gaetano Donizetti’s Una furtiva lagrima, with his rich and full tone. That piece very much capitalized on many of Stolen’s qualities as well, displaying his range, tone and the sheer power of his voice. Bringerud almost stole the spotlight for Franz Schubert’s Nacht und Traume — her refined, subtle playing of such an intimate and shimmering piano part was nearly bewitching. Walters also had his time to shine, with snazzy arranging and smooth accompanying on some Cole Porter (and others’) standards — all a treat for the ears.