Live symphonic music for “Amadeus” at Chautauqua and Artpark

Posted on: July 20, 2010

In Sunday’s (7/18) Buffalo News, Mary Kunz Goldman previews a production of Peter Schaffer’s drama Amadeus that will be presented July 22 at Chautauqua Amphitheatre and July 24 at Artpark in Lewiston, N.Y. Questions surrounding the composers Mozart and Salieri, she writes, “confront such issues as envy, ambition, immortality and God. They hinge on the beauty of Mozart’s music. That is why the Chautauqua Theater Company’s ‘Amadeus’ … promises to be something special. The music is taking center stage. Instead of recordings, the audience will hear the music played by a live symphony orchestra. In Chautauqua, the play features the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Stefan Sanderling. The Artpark audience will hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director, JoAnn Falletta. Director Vivienne Benesch sees the live orchestras as contributing humanity to the drama. ‘Every orchestra has its own personality comprised of individuals. JoAnn Falletta and Stefan Sanderling are both phenomenal music directors in their own right, with different points of view,’ she says. ‘I’m excited to see what happens with these different energies.’ ”

Posted July 20, 2010