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Lady E’s intergenerational instrumentals at 5th & Main Espresso Bar

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Lady E merged classical and modern music at the 5th & Main Espresso Bar, on Jan. 10.

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After Lady E took her seat, she began to play a Mozart medley. The assortment featured “Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major”, “Minuet K. 94”, “Kyrie Eleison”, “Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622” and “Minuet from Don Giovanni”. After the final notes of each song echoed through the venue, she quickly played and made a seamless transition into the next song. After ending with “Minuet in F K.2”, she removed the songbook and leaned it against her belongings. Then, she picked up another and resumed her recital.

Soon after her new songbook was in place, Lady E continued her showcase with Eleanor Farjeon’s “Morning Has Broken”. As one of the owners of the espresso bar walked past her, she was complimented as he said how good she had been playing. As patrons entered the dining area—they ensued to place money inside her tip jar, which rested atop the piano she was playing.

Immediately after Lady E’s played the final bass notes of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, she brought the audience into the 20th century and played Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me”. She went onto play the treble notes, which represented the lyrics. She used the bass notes for the instrumental, as they complemented each other during the chorus.

Continuing with the recognizable tunes, Lady E’s went with a show tune. She played Barry Mann, Cynthia Wells, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “On Broadway”. As she played, she tapped her foot beside the pedals beneath and provided a bit of percussion. After receiving applause from onlookers—she looked up, smiled and proceeded with Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major”. She wrapped up the theme with Amanda McBroom’s “The Rose”.

To bring an end to Lady E’s showcase, she progressed with a series of French classics: “Bourrée”, “Menuet”, “Gavotte Sarabonde”, “Corrente”, “Allemande” and “Giga”. After her concert came to an end—she mentioned she would have played the Disney songs, only if there was a younger age group in attendance.

Bill Bailey’s “Won’t You Come Home”, Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”, Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer”, George Peter Tingley’s “Reverie”, Errol Garner’s “Misty”, Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll”, Euday L. Bowman’s “Twelfth Street Rag”, Frank Mill’s “Music Box Dancer” and Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” were also a part of Lady E’s set.

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