by Carol Masters, Becketwood Member
Very different but equally energetic pairs of musicians warmed us as January approached its coldest days. Sister and brother Emma and Jacob Taggart, in a return appearance at Becketwood January 10, excited the audience with their ardent musicality and flying fingers. In a performance that included 19th century classical composers Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin, the accomplished pair, whether in solos and duets, demonstrated their virtuosity and spirit for an hour, also announcing their pieces and commenting on the composers with charm and poise. They have won many competitions and performed with several orchestras. Recently, they won first place in the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition and will represent Minnesota in the Regional Music Teachers National Association Duo Piano Competition.
A week later, on January 17, Lady Date, Lauren Asheim and Cara Wilson, played and sang. Lady Date describe themselves as “a couple of classy, sassy ladies playing ukuleles and singing some of our favorite songs.” From country to popular, rhythm and blues to rock sounds, they presented a variety of covers (songs that were previously recorded or made popular by another performer) “favorite artists from Dolly Parton to Usher and more.” Like the Taggarts, Lady Date seemed to be on the same wavelength, joining their separate impulses to blend in unique and pleasing tones. The vibes and venues for these singers may be other than “classical”—they have recently performed at the Dubliner and Hook and Ladder locally—but they will find a welcome at Becketwood.