On Monday evening, Oct. 29, we once again were treated to a theatrical performance at the Delta Performing Arts Center sponsored by the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association (DMCCA). In a word, it could be simply described as delightful — absolutely delightful!
The name of the trio, as I must call it, is "Two on Tap" which refers to Ron DeStefano and his "best friend" dance partner, Melissa Giattino, the two featured and highly talented and vivacious performers whose voices blend as one as they sing and tap dance to the great music and dance styles of the early years of the last century.
However, their memorable performance of some of the greatest American song and dance routines of our times would hardly have been possible without the third member of their team, David Snyder, their piano accompanist and "music director" who is an extremely talented and accomplished pianist, singer, composer, and arranger in his own right. He provided all the piano accompaniment and other music needed to support the absolutely stunning performance of Ron and Melissa. Their singing and tap dancing literally turned the clock back to a simpler time when men strove to be gentlemen and women loved being ladies, a time when we were encouraged to walk "On the Sunny Side of the Street," when we all knew "The Glory of Love," the sweetness of "Love Letters," and that when times were difficult, "You'll Never Walk Alone."
And there we were, being genuinely entertained and refreshed by these three, a beautiful young lady and two handsome young gentlemen who deeply appreciated and enjoyed sharing their enthusiasm for the simplicity, beauty, romance, and virtues of a bygone era that had so much warm spirit and vitality to offer. Their performance was like a drink of cool, clear water in the midst of what so often seems in present times to be a cultural drought devoid of romance and lofty motives of the heart.
As I noted in the beginning, it was truly a delightsome experience for all in attendance as was demonstrated by the abundant applause throughout the evening's show.
Indeed, I would venture to say that all who made the effort to be there were richly rewarded and had their spirits lifted high. Our next DMCCA concert — "Celebrating the Piano" — with pianists Susan Ellinger and Jill Olson will be held at the Delta Performing Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 18. Call secretary Bob Brown for membership/ticket details at 835-4480. Til then, you, too, remember to walk "On the Sunny Side of the Street."