When I think of Patti Austin I think of her classics like “Getting away with Murder” or even her duet with James Ingram – “Baby, Come to Me”. But musical labels have never been right for Patti, who has been described as a pop, R&B, jazz singer whose powerful vocal range is nothing short of phenomenal. “MUSE/IQUE” directed by Rachael Worby offered the perfect opportunity for Patti to show she is nothing short of a wonderful and talented singer.
Saturday night’s program was titled “Lost in the Stars”. The program presented a various of tunes from those by Dave Brubeck (It’s about Time” to Lennon & McCartney (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds). The highlight of the evening was Tena Clarks’ “Way Up There” -the song commissioned by NASA to celebrate 100 years of flight in 2003. Songwriter, Tena Clark, was presented and joked about how Patti LaBelle wound up singing the Grammy nominated song. Violinist, Roger Wilkie, also warmed the crowd with his virtuosity.
The open air concert was perfect for a hot summer night, and the Cal-Tech Beckman Mall at full capacity. It also presented a fantastic chance to see Patti Austin right after her recent induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame!
Next up for MUSE/IQUE’s Summer of Sound series is “Moving Pictures” with Cellist Matt Haimovitz on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com