Broadway star Sutton Foster sings with exactly the kind of
bright-eyed conviction, poise, and exuberance you would expect from a two-time
Tony Award winner (for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Anything Goes") and
originator of roles like Fiona in "Shrek The Musical." But Foster's also the kind of performer who relishes breaking out from behind
the characters she portrays, as she will do on February 10 and 11 when she
joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik for a pair of concerts in Kodak Hall.
On paper alone, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's
February 2 program already had me hooked: Mozart, Stravinsky, and Hovhaness is an
intriguing combination of composers and styles, to be sure. The audible result
was no less satisfying.
In the classical music world at least, waltzing is a highly
accepted way to begin the New Year. Ward Stare must feel the same way: Stare's opening
program of 2017 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra gave plenty of time
to two large-scale showpieces that offered sophisticated treatments of the
dance in three quarter time.