The joining of two art forms provided a highly successful recital at Sanders Theater on Wednesday night. Both Radcliffe groups performed ably by themselves, and when they combined the result was invigorating.
The Choral Society seemed beautifully trained, especially when they sang softly, but their interpretation of early music, such as Dufay's Magnificat in the Eighth Mode, was overly romantic. They were better in interesting contemporary pieces by Martinu and Harris. Elizabeth Kalkhurst was the fine soprano soloist.
The Dance Group featured expressive dancing and imaginative choreography by Adele Logan and Ruth Emerson. All of the dancers moved gracefully. Most of the girls have not yet attained perfect control, but their muscular coordination was surprisingly good. Anne Wallace, Karen Wilk, and Katherine Beer in particular danced very stylishly.
Each group was at its best for Irving Fine's Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland, which was completely captivating with the addition of modern dance. Susan Zucker's charming choreography for Beautiful Soup emphasized the wit of Lewis Carroll's text. Director Caroline Martin presented the entire Dance Group in Eixa Nit es Nit, a haunting setting of a Catalan carol by Joaquin Nin. The dancers moved in willowy, flexible patterns, and the Choral tone was excellent. It is unfortunate that the concert was little known in the Harvard community; future joint recitals deserve better publicity.