It took two years and two days, but it was worth waiting for.
Ana Maria Martinez’s all-Spanish language song program, conceived as a tribute to her own cultural roots (she and her mother were born in Puerto Rico; her father is Cuban) was originally scheduled by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for March 13, 2020, but… well, you know.
Luckily for all, PCMS managed to rearrange with both artists—the pianist was Craig Terry, who clearly helped conceive and mold the program. Two years has, if anything, made the enthusiastic audience even more palpably appreciative, particularly in the poignant, sentimental songs that suit Martinez especially well.
She is an artist of the first caliber, which was richly evident throughout this imaginative, substantial (nearly two hours!) program, which was (thank you!) offered without a music stand…