Voices of Change on the Top 10 List in Dallas
Santa Fe New Mexican.com
Soprano Virginia Browning and conductor-pianist Joseph Illick received a nice notice from Scott Cantrell, music critic of the Dallas Morning News, in his recent roundup of the top 10 Dallas-area music performances of 2007. Speaking of contemporary music group Voices of Change, which Illick directs, Cantrell noted, “Two one-act, one-woman mini-operas got riveting performances from sopranos Lauren Flanigan (in Thomas Pasatieri’s Before Breakfast) and Gina Browning (in Poulenc’s La voix humaine). Joe Illick accompanied so deftly on piano that one hardly missed the original orchestrations.”
Browning and Illick divide their time between the DFW Metroplex, where Illick is music director of Fort Worth Opera, and their longtime home in Santa Fe. Also on Cantrell’s list, by the way, were performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the great pianist Radu Lupu, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Good company!