PROVO Vocalist Jeanne Madsen and pianist Jennie Bangerter Larsen met at a dress rehearsal for the Covey Center naming ceremony. "It was musical love at first sight," said Madsen.
Their first performance was so well-received they were invited back to perform at the opening gala. "The two together are magic," said Paul Duerden, Covey Center manager. "Individually, each is amazing, but together, they are even better."
Jeanne Elizabeth Madsen was born making noise, but not until one day in the first grade helping the janitors clean up after school did she know she had talent. "The head janitor caught me singing the theme from "That Darn Cat" into the handle of the broom that I should have been using to clean the floor. He said, 'Hey kid, you're pretty good.' From that point on, all I did was sing, no matter where I went," she said.
Madsen is currently a student at UVSC, and has just returned to Provo after living in Los Angeles, where she studied for two years with famed vocal instructor, Seth Riggs. Last year, she recorded a demo with British composer Alan Hawkshaw. "It was a dream come true for me. It was so awesome to record the songs in Italian."
Jennie Bangerter Larsen has been playing the piano since 4. Although she was initially trained in classical piano, her true love has always been centered on improvisation. Larsen delighted audiences nationwide with her original arrangements of songs ranging from Broadway musicals, hymns and Christmas favorites to movie themes and pop songs. Her ability to play by ear is fascinating as she moves seamlessly from one requested song to another, regardless of the differing styles of music."I love performing and playing the piano," said Larsen, "mainly because I love the way that music can be such a positive influence in others' lives. Whether it just makes you smile or it actually inspires you to change for the better, the fact that I can use music to positively influence others makes me so happy."
If you go . . .
What: Madsen/Larsen concert
Where: Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Cost: $15/$12 students, seniors