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article imageReview: Laurie Berkner brings children's music to life at Hofstra Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 24, 2018 in Music
Hempstead - On June 24, 2018, children's music sensation Laurie Berkner performed at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University on Long Island, for a great turnout.
This concert was a part of her solo "Greatest Hits" Tour; moreover, it was presented by the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC, and all of the proceeds went towards The S.H.O.P., the Gural JCC's new Sustenance Hope Opportunities Place, which helps those in need.
Her set included all of her signature songs such as "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)," the perennial "Victor Vito," as well as "We Are The Dinosaurs," where she acted out the song on stage, in a performance that was filled with suspense and mystery.
During "Pig on Her Head," she placed a stuffed pig on her animal, and her young fans followed her lead by placing any stuffed animals they brought with them on their heads.
"Waiting for the Elevator" was mid-tempo and a great deal of fun. Berkner has the ability to make a song out of any topic, and make it sound wonderful (even something as simple as waiting for an elevator).
It was great to hear her sing "I Love You Daddy," which was an anthem for Father's Day last week. There was something in it for everybody, and this show was something the entire family could enjoy together.
Berkner returned for an encore, which included a medley of the songs that she couldn't fit in the set, and that was an added bonus.
The Verdict
Overall, Laurie Berkner was able to put on a warm and entertaining show for the children at Hofstra University. She commanded the stage well, and showcased her bubbly personality throughout the afternoon, which was quite irresistible. Her zest and love for her craft is infectious.
Whoever has yet to see Berkner perform live is truly missing out. Her vocals are heavenly, calming and ethereal, as if she was serenading her listeners to soothing lullabies, and that ought to be taken as a compliment. If children's music had a leading lady, Laurie Berkner would be its Celine Dion. Berkner's live show at Hofstra garnered five out of five stars.
For more information on Laurie Berkner, check out her official website.
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