Rachel Kara Perez – Woolworth Chapel, Woodlawn Cemetery – 15 December 2019
Perez offered a program of holiday tunes, backed by a string quartet. Some were gleaned from her Hispanic background, and were unfamiliar; others were chestnuts (not roasting!); all reflected her solid classical training and personal warmth. Concerts at Woodlawn usually include compositions from the interrees; today’s was “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (yes, Jewish!). The emotive pinnacle was “O Holy Night”. Charming string arrangement accents courtesy of violinist Petcher.