Daily Kos: Music Lovers: Kristin Chenoweth invites audience member onstage for duet. Awesomeness ensues.

Kristin Chenoweth music Music Arts Broadway Recommended Sarah Horn

Obviously, the audience had their asses kicked. Chenoweth behaved like she was expecting someone she’d have to coach and handhold through the tune (like this is a schtick that she’s done in other concerts, using comedy to work her way through a near train wreck with a fan). And then Sarah started singing. Note the orchestra conductor’s reaction (he’s standing right behind Ms. Horn). So the talk, at both the concert, and online once this video went viral was all about, “Was Sarah a ringer?”, a plant, like magicians use? Apparently, the LA Times called backstage before the show was even over to ask just that question.

This is Sarah Horn’s version of the events, and her reaction, posted to facebook, reprinted here.

A couple of excerpts:

I heard the roar of the crowd during that first line but then it all faded away. I think I’ve seen it done cinematically before but I never imagined my perception of a performance would appear like this. The 10,000+ people of the Bowl faded away. There was no one else there. No noise. No people. I could heard the beautiful music of the orchestra but there was no one onstage, just Kristin and I.

After the concert, I was swarmed with people who wanted my business card, wanted to take pictures with me, wanted to know if I was an audience plant because it was just too perfect. People came up to me telling me I’d given them goosebumps, made them cry.

Paul Geller, Production Director at both the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall pulled me aside afterward. He said that the production staff is very picky about the quality of performers that they allow on their stage and that what was produced in that song was better than anything they could have planned. He took down my contact information because at some point during the last three songs, he got a phone call from the LA Times wanting to know if I was an audience plant and asked my permission to pass on my contact information for them to speak to me directly, if needed.

Just in case you might be tempted to think that Ms. Horn is just some karaoke singer/partime music instructor who happens to be pretty good, here’s one song from her graduate recital, “The girl in 14G”. She’s a badass. An extremely practiced, well trained, versatile badass. Because of that, in comments on other sites, most musicians believe that she just walked up there and knocked this out. She’s a veteran, used to working with students and adjusting herself to what they’re doing, also used to singing very difficult pieces in high pressure performing circumstances. For her, “For Good” is trivial, in terms of technical difficulty.

Up to now, Sarah Horn has been a big fish in a small pond. One way or another, for better or worse, Kristin Chenoweth just tossed her into the Pacific.

Source: Daily Kos

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