The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 12, 1999


Cellist thrills concert crowd

Heath Marlow of Concord, well known in Carlisle, played a varied concert to an enthusiastic crowd last Saturday night. Accompanied by Susanne Son on the Congregational Church's well-tuned Falcone piano, he played an exquisite contemporary piece, sonatas by Beethoven and Shostakovich and a Bach solo cello suite. Visiting from the University of Minnesota, Son displayed a riveting balletic technique and sensitive acumen.

The impressive concert, sponsored by the Janet Gates Peckham Scholarship Fund, began with "White Tulips," recently composed by Steve Heitzig for his own wedding. Sophisticated in its clarity, the piece contained tender motifs and cleanly drawn tensions, superbly offered as the opening statement.

Marlow and Son exhibited impeccable timing in the Beethoven "Allegros," accuracy and strength in the Shostakovich "Largo" and sparkling driving style in the Allegro movements which included the signature percussive effects and glissandi. Marlowe played the Bach cello solo completely from memory after warning the audience that it was somewhat esoteric. It was a gripping esspressivo experience.

Both performers displayed a thoroughly enjoyable professionalism, rendering the music faithfully without excesses of emotional interpretation and demonstrating that the program was entirely within their reach.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito