Â Life is supposed to be more than dashing to appointments, being stuck in traffic, worrying about 401Ks.
Pianist Danny Wright reminded us of how life should be In a Friday evening concert at the beautiful Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Wright gave us an oasis from fretful pressures, treating his audience to an other-worldy performance. WithÂ theatrical flair, the classically-trained Wright demonstrated his versatility choosing a varied program for this concert, which served as a fundraiser for Star Children’s Charity and The eWomen’s Network Foundation.
From inspirational to romantic, from nostalgic to dramatic, Wright transported his listeners on his musical journey connected by his own patter about his selections. In his lushÂ interepretations of Moon RiverÂ and Summertime,Â Wright dramatically commanded the most from his piano.
High points from the evening came in the second half when he was joined on stageÂ by six string musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Backed by the strings,Â his performance of Pachebel’s Canon in D and Amazing Grace were highlights.Â Wright and cellist Debbie Brooks paired for a duet of Don’t Cry for me Argentina, which was marred only slightly because of early difficulties with the sound level of the cello.
Also taking the stage with the pianist was soprano Lauren Jelencovich. Teaming on the ever-popular Somewhere Over the RainbowÂ , they ended the concert with the audience floating on an emotional, if not rainbow, high.