Pittsburgh in the Round, review of Kesselman solo showcase “To Love and Be Loved” at Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, July 24, 2018:
"Week 3 of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2018 season was graced by the practically perfect performance entitled To love and be loved, a collection of art songs compiled to create the story of a woman’s journey into and out of love. All of the artists involved in To love gave passionate, precise performances, but the concert really served as a showcase for Ms. Kesselman’s astounding voice. Her soprano is the picture of perfect intonation and general mastery of vocal technique...the evening ended with the simultaneously mournful and hopeful The Country Wife by Kieren MacMillan. As Ms. Kesselman’s voice floated and soared, whispered and shouted, as she sang Dana Giola’s text – “The night reflected on the lake, The fire of stars changed into water,” the world of the stage slowly darkened and filled with the reflection of stars, until Ms. Kesselman was simply alone, in the dark, moving through the stars into the unknown. It was a beautiful final moment."