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Darcy DeGuise and Sally Neel present ‘Twisted Valentines’ Saturday

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Photo courtesy Dale Johnson Darcy DeGuise sings her heart out this Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church for the Curtains Up Pagosa Silverado Concert Series in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Darcy DeGuise sings her heart out this Saturday at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church for the Curtains Up Pagosa Silverado Concert Series in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Soprano Darcy DeGuise and pianist Sally Neel will give romance a bit of a twist this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church as they present a vocal/piano concert called “Twisted Valentines: Love Lost/Love Found.” The concert will consist of classical opera and art songs, as well as some not-often-heard Broadway melodies.

Starting off the program will be three arias from Mozart’s comic love farce, “The Marriage of Figaro.” They include, “Voi, che sapete,” “Porgi amor qualche ristoro,” and “Giunse alfin il momento.” This will be followed by Puccini’s famous “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” These arias regarding lovers thwarted and eventually united leads to a gorgeous tragic opera aria, “Va! Laise couler mes larmes” from Jules Massenet’s opera, “Werther,” in which the lovely Charlotte discovers, too late, that the man she truly loved has killed himself out of despair of not having her.

The first half of the program will lighten up again with the music of the seductress, “Carmen” by Georges Bizet and will close with the beautiful “Summertime,” from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

The second half of the program will be a contemporary take on love found and love lost, beginning with “Kiss Today Goodbye” from the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” (music by Marvin Hamlisch) in which she sings, “Can’t forget, can’t regret what I did for love.” “In Whatever Time We Have” and “The Hardest Part of Love,” are both songs of love from the musical “Children of Eden,” by Stephen Schwartz.

“Still Hurting,” from “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown, is certainly one of the most poignant and raw emotional songs on the program, reflecting what went wrong in a marriage that held such promise.

The two-person musical was performed last summer at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, leaving audiences stunned and moved by the beautiful music and wonderful performances. DeGuise will end the program with her signature song, “Memory,” from Stephen Sondheim’s long-running musical “Cats.”

DeGuise will be accompanied by her friend and collaborator, Neel. The two started working together weekly about a year ago as an opportunity to continue refining their musical techniques and for the sheer joy of making beautiful music.

Both serve on the board of Curtains Up Pagosa! and are dedicated to assist the nonprofit organization in mentoring young people in the arts and providing financial scholarships to selected students planning to major in the performing arts. Both agree that the bottom line is, “It’s for the kids.”

This program will be a part of CUP’s musical celebration of their 25th anniversary serving students pursuing the performing arts in Pagosa Springs. Tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $10 for adults; $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit CUP. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

This story was posted on February 13, 2014.