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Champa (Bangladesh) at al. / Down Memory Lane [ 2003 ]

Lee-Alison Sibley, an American vocalist schooled in Western classics, took a select audience on a virtual tour down memory lane on September 21 evening. The event, hosted by Ms .Judith A. Chammas, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America, comprised musical renditions by the soprano of some unforgettable numbers in Broadway shows and films of the forties and fifties, such as The Sound of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma and Shaw's My Fair Lady (Pygmalion).

Sung to the accompaniment of CD orchestra, recorded from the original repertoire, Sibley proved to be in a class of her own, enhancing the quality of the performance with her operating tenor. The old-old numbers which resonated familiarly and at times faintly to a nostalgic audience were evocative of the bygone times in their emotive lyrics and melodies.

The hums under the breath and at other times the reminiscing the words among the audience in tune with her sprightly and seamless renditions created an aura of informality throughout the performance. It goes to the great credit of her professional execellence, albeit unimposing, as she recreated the song numbers not only in their pristine originality as in the case of the CD orchestra, but also added to them the stamp of her own talent and some improvisation to the delight of her audience.

Sibley, a mother of two, lives in Kolkata with her husband who is an American diplomat stationed there and promises of revisit Dhaka, hopefully sooner than later.