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Spine-tingling moments in music

Published: January 3, 2014, 2:10 pm, by Jen Mulson

Do you ever have those moments when you’re at a concert or looking at a piece of art or watching a live theater performance and time stops? When you feel a swell of emotions rush through you, and you almost find yourself in tears?

I had one of those on New Year’s Eve. I treasure those spine-tingling moments, and try to remember them as frequently as I remember to remember them — if that makes any sense. I want to make concrete memories out of them.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic played at the Pikes Peak Center on New Year’s, with three female vocalists: Amy Sue Hardy, Sally Hybl and Jennifer DeDominici. The three sang a mixture of jazz, show tunes and opera.

And it turns out the one I was looking forward to least was the one that blew me away. I’ve never been to an opera, and honestly, never really wanted to go. But now… now that has all changed.

Jennifer DeDominici. Courtesy Mother Nature Photography.

Jennifer DeDominici. Courtesy Mother Nature Photography.

DeDominici sang Giacomo Puccini’s aria “O mio babbino caro,” and I finally get why people love the opera. I was entranced. Time stopped. My heart stopped, but my emotions soared. I realized when she finished, that I was holding my breath. I let it out with a whoosh, turned to my companion and we both said, “Wow.” Or something to that effect.

Going to an actual real-life opera is now on my list of things to do as soon as possible.

What moments like that do you remember? jen.mulson@gazette.com