The Premiere of Lori Laitman's Long Pond Revisited
This piece, Long Pond Revisited, is a setting of five elegiac poems by C.R.G.Shepard for voice and cello. The world premiere was at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre on January 18, 2003. Baritone Randall Scarlatta was the soloist. Scarlatta was in Tidewater in November as Scrooge in Virginia Opera's presentation of Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol.
Tim Page gave a glowing review of the recital in the Washington Post. "He [Scarlatta] brought daffy childlike bewilderment to Laitman's Men With Small Heads and Refrigerator (1957)" two other songs on the program. Page continues: "The World premier of Laitman's Long Pond Revisited was a melancholy pleasure ... The words are declaimed in a direct and straightforward manner, while the cello follows the voice like an abstracted soul, reacting inwardly to the outward expressions of nostalgia and sorrow. The ending was nothing less than a masterstroke: After the last words had finished, the cello twitched on for a moment and then faded to an empty, nerveless open chord, and it was over...in an instant the loved one is gone, the poetry is lost and the world is gray."
The recital was presented by the Vocal Arts Society and the cellist was Marcy Rosen. The Terrace Theatre seats 500.