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Jamie O'Reilly and Jeffrey Panko

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Perhaps better known as a folk balladeer, Jamie O'Reilly also excels at parlor songs. While her voice--in the lyric soprano range--doesn't quite have the flexibility and finesse of a trained opera singer, she knows how to seduce the listener with phrasing and emotion. A DePaul graduate who's been coached by recital veteran Wayland Rogers, O'Reilly is not yet at the level where she could embark on a full-fledged career as a lieder specialist (nor would she want to, it seems, given her numerous other musical endeavors). That's why informal, intimate spaces like the newly opened Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe are important--as showcases for talents like O'Reilly's and as venues outside academia. O'Reilly's recital there is part of a Sunday series devoted to classical music and the like. She'll be teamed up with pianist Jeffrey Panko, another DePaul alum, in a program of mostly 19th-century romantic songs; alongside near-classics such as Schubert's "Ave Maria" and Tchaikovsky's "In the Midst of the Ball" (text by Tolstoy) will be oddities like Tosti's "La Serenata," operetta favorites like Romberg's "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," and ditties set to poems by Yeats and Joyce. Panko has also scheduled a couple of Chopin piano solos. Sunday, 3 PM, Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln; 327-6666.

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