Yesterday, high school classmate Donald Dolan performed at Carnegie Hall. It was a great performance, passionate and beautiful. Also thrilling, as I rarely get to see live musical performances in such intimate settings, like the Weill Recital Hall. Don played sonatas by Padre Antonio Soler, symphonic etudes by Robert Schumann, new etudes by William Bolcom, Images from Claude Debussy and "Liebelied" and "Liebesfreud" by Fritz Kreisler. My favorites were the Schumann and Debussy.
Debussy's titles for pieces in Images are beautiful: "Bells through trees," "And the moon descends on the ruined temple," and "Goldfish."
Check out Don's website for more information about him and his upcoming performances.
Don's recital also served as a small reunion of Ridge High School Class of 1994 students: Noelle Adamo, Don, James Dugan, Jayson Haedrich, Adam Verost, and myself. While looking for the Bernardsville News article about Don that James D. mentioned, I did a double take at one of the headlines: Area women among those to be honored by county. But that was a real article not an Oniony spoof.