October 13, 2011
Wednesday night, Grammy® Award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding and her “Chamber Music Society” performed in the Camp Concert Hall at The University of Richmond. For all of the talents Spalding possesses as a musician, her showmanship stood out in front of a sold out audience.
The event began in total darkness. Spalding stealthily snuck on stage, turned on a lamp, poured a glass of wine, took off her coat and sat down in a red leather reading chair. Immediately, every member of the audience must have known they were in for something different.
While Spalding sat, violinist Sara Caswell, violist Lois Martin, and cellist Jody Redhage began lightly playing a gentle melody. Slowly the lights faded, the music stopped, pianist Leo Genovese, drummer Richie Barshay, and singer Leala Cyr entered, and Spalding again stealthily moved across the stage. This time instead of sitting, she picked up her bass and began playing.
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