Performed by Emily Ovesen and Christian Ramos Delgado, vocals, Dominique Haughton, piano; coached by Debra-Nicole Huber, Janice Giampa and Jacob Hiser
“In a Crowd of Thousands” is from the 2017 Broadway musical “Anastasia.” Anya, an orphan girl with amnesia, is befriended by two conmen who wish to take advantage of her likeness to the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who may have escaped the execution suffered by her family. After waking up from a nightmare, Anya screams, prompting Dmitry to come in and comfort her. He tells her of a memory of the young Anastasia during a parade and encourages Anya to tell the same story, as if it also happened to her. As she tells the story, memories come surging forward.
Composer James Barnes describes “Impressions of Japan” as a “tone poem expressing my personal portrayal of what I have seen and experienced during my recent visits to Japan.” Tonight, two of the work’s three scenes will be performed. Scene Two: Tadaiji (The Great Buddha at Nara): In this beautiful little city south of Kyoto stands the world's largest Buddha. Buddhism has had an enormous impact on Japan for a thousand years. Scene Three: Asakusa Matsuri (Festival in Asakusa): The thundering drums of the final portion of the work portray excitement and spirit of celebration, at this most famous of all of Tokyo's many ancient temples.