Posts Tagged 'Anthony Bannon'

Review: Dunleavy shines as Chautauqua’s ‘Butterfly’

Review: Dunleavy shines as Chautauqua’s ‘Butterfly’

Mary Dunleavy, who was the Butterfly Saturday evening, carried the full Amphitheater audience through a launch of anticipation and joy and then shivered down the other side into a gut-wrenching despair and suicide. Not many functions in life have such range, delivered within just a few minutes, but this virtuoso soprano was mother, maenad, lover, child and sage, and it wasn’t only with the well-made words she used, for this was performance — chilling performance.

Review — A sonic hope: Domenech, Little, CSO present ‘a night for the heart’

Review — A sonic hope: Domenech, Little, CSO present ‘a night for the heart’

The horrors had begun. The “Night of Broken Glass” was Nov. 9, 1938. It was the beginning of the “Final Solution.”

In the spring of 1939, English composer and pianist Benjamin Britten traveled to Canada and then to the United States, where he remained for three years. He came up with the idea for a concerto for violin and orchestra — it was to be his Opus 15, completed that year, premiered the next and modified by the composer throughout the next two decades.

In VACI’s 56th Annual, ‘a quiet, confident sense of excellence’

In VACI’s 56th Annual, ‘a quiet, confident sense of excellence’

This may be the 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art — a juried rite of entry for each season — but it is the first one in my long memory that hangs together and works as a unit, rather than as a random gathering of different parts, fine as they may have been. Credit the gift to the new director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, Janne Sirén.