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Ad Libs: Music@Menlo: Lovely, lilting Lieder

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace, arts & entertainment editor of the Palo Alto Weekly, on Aug 4, 2011

Everyone in theater knows this old saw: "Bad dress rehearsal, good opening night." Maybe the Music@Menlo folks should have worried when the last rehearsal for the Aug. 2 concert of German art songs was fantastic.

After that, things started to fall apart, pianist Wu Han told the audience Tuesday. First, soprano Erin Morley called, croaking that she'd lost her voice. A search was launched for a replacement. Canadian soprano Katherine Whyte knew the repertoire, and she got on a plane.

Then baritone Kelly Markgraf started having trouble with his voice. ...

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