Abbey Allison and Susie Kelly embarked on their maiden voyage as the Wild Coffee Duo yesterday afternoon. And what smooth sailing it was.
The very talented pianist and cellist put together a sprightly program titled Bon Voyage: A Musical Trip around the World to kick off their summer concert season at New Hope Presbyterian Church. They included an Italian Baroque Vivaldi sonata, a Spanish suite by de Falla, and three well-known pieces by French romantic composers as well as “A World Tour of Folk Songs” that included mini pieces from Israel, China, and Russia, among other countries, bracketed by Stephen Foster’s Old Folks at Home.
Also on the agenda was a late work by Robert Schumann that allowed Kelly to demonstrate the range of the cello and her own superb technique. She also plays with the Southwest Florida Symphony and Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. Of course, I was already familiar with the skill and musicality of Allison in her role as accompanist for the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida.
If you are craving a classical music fix during the off-season here in Southwest Florida, you can hear the Wild Coffee Duo at six more upcoming concerts in June, July, and August. The theme for June is summer guests with performances at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Myers and the Sanibel Congregational Church. In July, the ladies take a trip to the zoo at Koreshan State Park and back to Sanibel. August works will be based on poetry and literature at The Violin Shop in Bonita and on Sanibel.
For more details, visit WildCoffeeDuo.wordpress.com.