On Saturday, March 12, 2011, pop music sensation Linda Eder performed her “All of Me” show at the Colden Auditorium of Queens College. This marks the second time that the songstress sings at this venue.
Particularly impressive about this concert is that Eder was able to show her audiences all the different facets of her voice by performing a 19 song setlist that featured tunes from a wide spectrum of genres including jazz, Broadway, classical and pop tunes.
Her opening song was “Bells of St. Paul,” which she showcased her perfect pitch and range in her voice. It was followed by “Not Gonna Fall” and “I Will Wait for You.” She then spoke to the audience about how proud she was being a former Broadway leading lady while playing Lucy on the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde, and went on to sing “Someone Like You,” which she dubs as her theme song; moreover, she performed “Mad Hatter” which is a song from an upcoming Broadway show entitled “Wonderland.” In the midst of singing the uptempo “Charade,” she introduced her talented band members and musical director Billy Stein.
Upon singing “Now,” the title track of her latest CD, Eder indicated that it has a classical feel to it, and declares it one of the gems of the record.
One of the highlight vocals of the night was when she performed “Falling Slowly” from the motion picture “Once,” backed elegantly by her violin and keyboard player, Allison Cornell on harmony. Yet another soothing vocal was her rendition of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do,” which did the original pop hit justice.
The evening’s emotional songs included “No Finer Man,” as well as “More than Heaven,” in which she paid a poignant tribute to the victims of the devastating Japan earthquake; the latter song truly tugged at the audience’s heartstrings, moving many to tears.
“Waiting for the Fall” was a song that was co-written by Eder, and after nailing song after song, she earned a well-earned standing ovation for “What’s Never Been Done.”
She concluded her show with the powerhouse “Vienna” and returned for an encore of “Valley of the Dolls.”
In summation, Linda Eder was a stunning performer who was able to command the Colden Auditorium stage. She made the New York audience feel as if they were in an intimate setting where her mellifluous and versatile voice did all the talking.
Salina Solomon, a concertgoer and a long-time fan, remarks “Linda Eder gave a mesmerizing performance tonight! I was able to feel so many emotions at once.”
“Linda’s performance was amazing. She showcased much control in her voice and utilized it to deliver moving and heartfelt performances” said L’aura Bagdziunas, a fellow Linda Eder fan.