From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fleming soars at Powell Hall
By Sarah Bryan Miller
Fleming returned to the stage for the evening’s artistic centerpiece, the world première of “Aurora,” by jazz legend Wayne Shorter.
The work is, according to Shorter, just one part of what is to be a 40-minute setting of Maya Angelou’s “The Rock Cries Out to Us Today.” “Aurora” began with its final section, and offered cinematic sweep, interesting vocal and instrumental writing and a positive message.
It’s for a big orchestra, with a supercharged brass section; Fleming, who was not placed in the sweet spot for singers (that’s on the house right side of the podium), was miked for it. The vocal writing played to her strengths.
Shorter, in attendance with his wife and another jazz icon, Herbie Hancock, took his bows from his seat in the dress circle.
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