Guest Critic Reviews

Review: Neubauer soars above poorly balanced repertoire

Review: Neubauer soars above poorly balanced repertoire

On Thursday night, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented “Concerto for Viola and Orchestra,” a work Chautauqua Institution co-commissioned from composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with soloist Paul Neubauer in the spotlight. With a raw spirit and exceptional virtuosity, Neubauer beautifully portrayed Kernis’ masterwork, one underpinned by relationships and which focused on folk tunes, as the composer described it from the Amphitheater stage.

Review: CTC executes imaginative rendition of Shakespeare’s last, with a few design quibbles

Review: CTC executes imaginative rendition of Shakespeare’s last, with a few design quibbles

First things first. The Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of The Tempest, probably William Shakespeare’s final play, is excellent: well acted from top to bottom, beautifully and imaginatively costumed by Loren Shaw, and directed with a deft hand. There are a couple of questionable design decisions, I think, but they are quibbles. More about them later.