Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook is still glowing at 85

Barbara Cook is still glowing at 85

Barbara Cook approaches a song from the inside out, judging the weight of each measure, the point behind each word in a lyric. So when she sings, she starts from a place where there's nothing but truth. No artifice, no exaggeration, no self-aggrandizing flourish.

Small wonder that Cook, who gives a concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall this Saturday, a week after turning 85, remains one of the most treasured vocal artists of our time.

The years may have shaved some brightness and some top notes from her silvery soprano, but the glow remains as enveloping as ever. And the phrasing — it just continues to get richer. Cook has fully earned her status as a living legend. Not that...