Soloist, True Concord Goes Latin

by Beth Stewart


Tucson Desert Song Festival, 2019


There's the "wow moment" — when you just can't believe what you heard or saw. And the "that happened moment" — when something so unbelievable happens that you have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming.

On Sunday afternoon the audience packed into Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church near the University of Arizona had more than a few "that happened" and "wow" moments when rising soprano Corinne Winters guested with True Concord Voices & Orchestra for "True Concord Goes Latin." The concert, which was performed three times last weekend, was part of the fifth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival.

Winters' exquisite tone and ability to soar to the highest reaches of the soprano range with what seems from the audience to be little effort, and then come softly back down to earth with such sweetness and warmth, was exhilarating.

She did that a few times Sunday including in a duet with True Concord alto Helen Karloski. But the most impressive time came when she and flamenco guitar whiz Adam del Monte performed Heitor Villa-Lobos's nearly wordless Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.

The 12-minute work is almost hummed throughout. It was mesmerizing watching Winters, who at times didn't even open her mouth. And yet, she produced this glorious sound that filled Grace St. Paul like some wondrous illusion. Just amazing.

Add the wow effect to that performance: Winters had never before performed that work in concert. She also had never before performed Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez's romantic "Alfonsina y el Mar," which came at the end of the first half of the True Concord concert.

Winters closed the concert with Argentinian composer Atahualpa Yupanqui's lullaby "Duerme Negrito," a sweet uplifting song that had True Concord Music Director Eric Holtan swaying and bopping along.”
Cathalena Burch, Arizona Daily Star