REVIEW: Theatrical Performance Transports Audience

by Joy Donovan on March 28, 2009

Concert Pianist Danny Wright

Concert Pianist Danny Wright

 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. With 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 lush interepretations of Moon River  and Summertime, Wright dramatically commanded the most from his piano.

High points from the evening came in the second half when he was joined on stage by six string musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Backed by the strings, his performance of Pachebel’s Canon in D and Amazing Grace were highlights. 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 Rainbow , they ended the concert with the audience floating on an emotional, if not rainbow, high.

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3 Responses to “REVIEW: Theatrical Performance Transports Audience”

  1. Pat Tuzer

    Miss and love you, Danny. Happy to hear all is great!

  2. Donna Evans (Andrews Ltd)

    Danny’s music is “clear and clean” He takes to the keys so precisley. His playing takes you to thoughtful thinking. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a music afficionado but I know what I feel—and it is uplifting. His first cd (if I remember correctly), Black & White, captivated all of us and customers too. Then came his Christmas cd’s. One of my all time favorites was “Remembering Christmas (w/ the red cover). I sent this to my kids (who were in college then – taking exams) and they loved to play it while studying (the 90′s). In the 80′s and 90′s when gift stores played this music (ours was the tops), we not only featured it but talked about him and the music to everyone. That’s why we did so well with it. It didn’t just sit on a shelf for someone to “maybe, listen to”. I could go on and on with my memories. Just thinking now, I can tell you one of my favorite renditions of “On Golden Pond” was his (among many). Anyway, I would love to get in touch with him and sell his music again. Sadly, the music business has changed and gone are those golden days of in store selling. It doesn’t have the impact anymore for various reasons but i can still do a good sell. Especially when your passionate about someone.

    Donna Evans
    Andrews Ltd
    318 Washington St. Mall
    Cape May NJ o8204
    609 898 7755

  3. Donna Evans (Andrews Ltd)

    Danny’s music is “clear and clean” He takes to the keys so precisley. His playing takes you to thoughtful thinking. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a music afficionado but I know what I feel—and it is uplifting. His first cd (if I remember correctly), Black & White, captivated all of us and customers too. But thinking again the first one we had was of his own compositions(Phantasy) that one got us hooked. Then came his Christmas cd’s. One of my all time favorites was “Remembering Christmas (w/ the red cover). I sent this to my kids (who were in college then – taking exams) and they loved to play it while studying (the 90′s). And got their friends loving it. In the 80′s and 90′s when gift stores played this music, it was classified as “new age” our store was the tops. We not only featured it but talked about him and the music to everyone. That’s why we did so well with it. It didn’t just sit on a shelf for someone to “maybe” listen to. I could go on and on with my memories. Just thinking now, I can tell you one of my favorite renditions of “On Golden Pond” was his (among many and his own melodies). Anyway, I would love to get in touch with him and sell his music again. Sadly, the music business has changed and gone are those golden days of in store selling. It doesn’t have the impact anymore for various reasons but I can still do a good sell. Especially when your passionate about someone.

    Donna Evans
    Andrews Ltd
    318 Washington St. Mall
    Cape May NJ o8204
    609 898 7755


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