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ADLIB Youth Symphony Commands The Respect of  Astute Lincoln Center Audience

Web Posted - Mon Jun 21, 2004

by Timothy McClosky for When Steel Talks

This Sunday's June 20th performance by ADLIB Youth Symphony, direct from Long Island, in New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, again showed that the future of steelpan is in good hands.  ADLIB dazzled the near-capacity audience with their command of the big-band repertoire and jazz motifs.  Although they are young in age the members of ADLIB are seasoned and accomplished musicians.

ADLIB's performance was met with cheers and thunderous applause by the critical and discerning Lincoln Center audience.  The notoriously tough collective was genuinely moved by the performance of these young people.  ADLIB lived up to its reputation as one of the premier youth steel orchestras in North America today.

ADLIB's program included a rousing rendition of
We Kind of Music composed and popularized by Andy Narell.  The evenly mixed male-female ensemble was conductor-less, with nothing distracting the audience from their music.  The orchestra members played together in every sense of the word; for example, often looking at each other with approval and enjoyment as they thrived on the positive vibes of the audience.

Indeed, the audience's enjoyment of the performance was enhanced by its recognition of the smooth execution of complicated harmonies and difficult passages by ADLIB.  For this effort the orchestra received a resounding ovation from the full audience after they concluded their set.

The excellent tonal quality and balance of the group's instruments took full advantage of the excellent sonic qualities of Alice Tully Hall, especially constructed for acoustic performances.  Their instruments are tuned and made by Fitz Worrel.  The orchestra, dressed in black and white looked smashing against the wooden facade of the hall.  The chromed and polished instruments glistened under the lights.

The long-awaited and highly successful visit by ADLIB Youth Symphony to Lincoln Center will hopefully prompt a second visit from this exceptional group, whose blend of musicianship and skill merit a second hearing, soon.  It is time for the steel orchestra to become a regular occurrence and valued member of the Lincoln Center performing arts community.

ADLIB's great performance set the tone for what would be a night of memorable performances.

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