Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano
Music Column
Community Concerts at Second (as in Baltimore's Second Presbyterian Church) launched its 2007-2008 season of free performances Sunday afternoon with a thoughtful, incisive recital by mezzo-soprano Theodora Hanslowe.

She proved especially communicative in a group of five songs by Gustav Mahler with poetry of Friedrich Ruckert. The singer conveyed the tender sentiments of the first three songs engagingly. And she caught, to telling effect, the autumnal resignation of the fifth, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, one of Mahler's most profound works.

Other highlights of the wide-ranging program included some delicately shaded French songs by Reynaldo Hahn, including L'heure exquise, which was exactly that - exquisite. Hanslowe also delivered selections by Purcell, Rossini and Bernstein with considerable personality.

The recital benefited considerably from the singer's attentive accompanist, Craig Ketter, who produced myriad colors at the piano.
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
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