Guest Critic Reviews

Review: ‘Carmina’ aims high, overloads Senses

Review: ‘Carmina’ aims high, overloads Senses

My favorite moments in music performance are those when, as a member of the audience, I am able to make a connection to something personal — something musical that relates to something extra-musical, extending a memory or experience into the present space. Because I want music to be meaningful, it doesn’t take much — I am looking and listening for the connection.

Review: Despite shortcomings, CTC’s ‘Henry V’ offers ‘wonderful glimpse’ of conservatory’s talent

Review: Despite shortcomings, CTC’s ‘Henry V’ offers ‘wonderful glimpse’ of conservatory’s talent

One particularly compelling throughline in Shakespeare’s history plays is the maturation of Henry V. When does he morph from the prank-loving, bawdy-house-frequenting Prince Hal into the sage, shrewd, continent-conquering King Henry? Judging from Evan Cabnet’s crisp but thematically questionable production of Henry V, featuring all 13 members of this year’s acting Chautauqua Theater Company Conservatory, that crucial day has yet to arrive.

REVIEW: CSO, Lee, Scaglione exhibit ‘masterful command’ of symphonic giants

REVIEW: CSO, Lee, Scaglione exhibit ‘masterful command’ of symphonic giants

On Thursday evening, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented two works that were likely unfamiliar to its audience, followed by Dvořák’s nationalistic Symphony No. 6. The ensemble exhibited enthusiasm for Kodály’s suite from Háry János and Bottesini’s first concerto for double bass, and a masterful command of one of symphonic literature’s giants.

Review: CTC beautifully refashions Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel’

Review: CTC beautifully refashions Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel’

For every new play written about an Esther Mills, it seems there are a dozen more about Mary Todd Lincoln’s black seamstress, Martin Luther King Jr.’s black hotel maid and Woodrow Wilson’s black stenographer. It is simply easier for playwrights to get a commission when they choose to focus on African-American characters who are connected to known historical figures.