“Clarinetist and composer Lori Ardovino performed, with soprano Melanie Williams, two sets of her own songs with texts by Ogden Nash. These well-written works, Bed Riddance and The Red Wheelbarrow, were hilarious at times and wonderfully melancholy at others.” International Clarinet Association Clarietfest 2011, CSUN, Northridge, CA.
“The concert opened with a song cycle by Lori Ardovino entitled Bed Riddance, based on humorous poetry by Ogden Nash from his book of the same title. The delightful set concluded with the title piece in which the patient—a hypochondriac—lists all of his possible ailments. The songs were effectively performed by Melanie Williams, soprano, with Ardovino, clarinet, and Laurie Middaugh, piano. Later in the program Ardovino performed again, this time as soloist in Dorothy Hindman’s Soliloquy. The challenging unaccompanied piece gave Ardovino many opportunities to display her virtuosic skill.”
International Alliance of Women In Music Conference, September, 2011.
UAB professor William Price's moody saxophone piece, "Sans Titre II," starts with a plaintive cry before it explodes in flourishes of finger-twisting virtuosity. Lori Neprud-Ardovino was impressive, as she was on clarinet in "Exhibit A," a short abstraction by University of Chicago graduate student Simon Fink. Birmingham composers compare notes with Chicagoans
The standout came from Ed Robertson, whose music has taken on increased depth and profundity since he retired from the University of Montevallo in 2005. Composed in 2009 for soprano saxophone, "Inflections" takes a page from Messiaen's clarinet solo, "Abyss of the Birds." A somber five-note theme becomes a deeply moving solo voice that is at once engaging and conversational. Lori Ardovino performed with clarity and feeling.