The Fairfax County Central Library was the scene for a recital by soprano Rhona Pulman last week. She was assisted at the piano by Beth King. The program was one of a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Friends of the Fairfax Music Library.
Pulman, a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a master of music degree from Catholic University, presented a varied program which included "The Mermaid Songs" by Haydn (sung in English), and four songs by Brahms. Also featured was the "Misera, Dove Son?" aria by Mozart, and a delightful group by Spanish composer Obradors.
The program was well suited to the artist's voice, which is full and velvety. Especially outstanding was the control exhibited in the low, chest register. The only criticism that might be helpful to this fine singer is that she is not assertive enough in her approach to the use of consonants, particularly with the English and German languages.
All too often the accompanist, without whom the principal artist is at a loss, is overlooked. Pianist Beth King is among the most sensitive and competent in the area.
More music lovers in the area should attend these free concerts at the Fairfax Central Library.