Concert Review: Colin Stetson, Sarah Neufeld (5/9/2013)

After work on Thursday, I headed down to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see the sold-out Colin Stetson concert. It was being held in the relatively new Alfond Auditorium, where I haven’t been before – I think it is mainly used as a film screening room and not for concerts. It only seats about 150 audience members, which is less than half the size of the auditorium where they usually hold concerts. It was a nice, intimate space, and had a lot more personality and warmth than the other auditorium (which I’ve been known to describe as “the most personality-free space I’ve ever seen a concert in”).

Sarah Neufeld was the opening act, playing solo violin. Since I came straight from the office, I didn’t have any recording equipment with me, so I’ll give you a sample recorded by someone else:

I wasn’t exactly blown away by her performance at the MFA, but she played some nice stuff – and she got a great reaction from the crowd. Someone sitting behind me said “wow!” after almost every piece she played. (I think I am probably harder to impress since I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of truly world-class musicians lately… I hope I’m not getting jaded!) She did one duet with Colin Stetson, and that was pretty interesting – bass saxophone and violin aren’t the world’s most obvious instrumental duet, and I always like seeing something different.

Colin Stetson’s solo set definitely fell into that same “something different” category, and I just loved it! He brought both a bass saxophone and an alto saxophone, and even though (more…)