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Erin Neff: Recital at Stanford University

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Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff gave a wonderful concert on Sunday May 5, 2013. 

2:28p.m. The Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall is small and cozy. Most people didn't show up yet. A grand piano stands a few feet in front of the front row. As more and more people show up, the small auditorium gradually becomes stuffy and loud with people chattering. Then, the concert begins. 

Erin Neff and pianist Kumaran Arul enter. Neff's repertoire for the evening is Francis Poulenc, Jean Sibelius, Edward Grieg, John Duarte, Arnold Schoenberg, Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, Xavier Montsalvatge, and Ned Rorem. John Duarte's Five Quiet Songs was sung by Neff with Adam Cockerham on guitar. 

Overall, the performance was wonderful! The music choices were also very well picked out and performed. The auditorium itself was a great projector and the sound travelled everywhere. Most of all, the concert was not boring. The songs were intriguing, and the way they were performed was captivating as well. The h…