BWW Reviews: Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand Songbook with Baltimore Symphony
If you were in attendance to see Ann Hampton Callaway perform her STREISAND SONGBOOK, you certainly got your money's worth and more. Not only did she perform before intermission and a long set after intermission, we were treated to an encore in the Meyerhoff lobby for four more songs. She must really love to perform and that is totally understandable.
BSO Pops Conductor Jack Everly welcomed the audience to the first Pops concert of the 2013-14 season. He began the evening with "A Tribute to Irving Berlin", a 22 song salute which included numbers such as "God Bless America", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "I'm in Heaven", and "There's No Business Like Show Business".
Since the Baltimore Marathon was run that morning, he asked if there were any runners present and sure enough, sitting right in back of me, was Karen Shrager from Lutherville, MD who ran the half-marathon with her husband Todd.
Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" was given a fabulous rendition.
The Pops orchestra then performed the Overture to the film FUNNY GIRL in a wonderful arrangement by George Spencer.
Callaway then took the stage with "Hello Gorgeous". She mentioned she saw Streisand perform at a very young age. She added, "She inspired me, I would dream about her, I got to know her and even write songs for her."
She opened the program with a tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch (former BSO Pops Director) with "Evergreen" from the film "The Way We Were" in a really slow tempo which featured a bittersweet ending.
She told the story about how she wrote a wedding song sung by Streisand at her wedding to James Brolin. She took a melody by a Norwegian composer and added lyrics which Streisand loved. What a gorgeous song "I Dreamed of You" is.
It was at this time I thought the BSO could have used visuals throughout the evening to enhance the enjoyment. Here, there could have been shots of the wedding. There could also have been photos of Berlin, Porter, and Hamlisch.