Here we are at the final weekend of the 2014 Chautauqua season. Chautauquans have been returning to their communities for a couple of weeks now as school begins for children, college for young adults, artistic seasons resume for conservatories, theaters and symphonies; in short, life resumes.
For my final column this season, I am going to clear off the table and pour out the bag of spare parts I’ve collected.
Describing Chautauqua to an outsider is a daunting if not futile undertaking but it means something deeply personal to the Chautauquans who have been returning for decades.
Yellow is the color of Chautauqua. When I think of what’s familiar about Chautauqua, I think about yellow.
The perpetual motion of the 20th century — age of the Internet, speed and the bomb; of image and invention, for better or for worst, danced to an accelerated clock, ceaseless, relentless, stopping only on occasion, to catch a breath, to grieve, or for a night’s breeze, a dog’s bark, perhaps the last concert of the 2014 Chautauqua season.
Margie and Dick Buxbaum of Shaker Heights, Ohio, grew curious when they noticed their neighbors’ tendency to leave for most of the summer. How, they wondered, could Ben and Edith Adler go somewhere for the whole summer?
Online employment sites often suggest that last impressions make the best impressions, at least for job seekers who are last in a series of interviews for an open position. If that is true, the Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico has an inside track among the field of eight vying to grab the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s vacant music director position.
On Thursday night, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented “Concerto for Viola and Orchestra,” a work Chautauqua Institution co-commissioned from composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with soloist Paul Neubauer in the spotlight. With a raw spirit and exceptional virtuosity, Neubauer beautifully portrayed Kernis’ masterwork, one underpinned by relationships and which focused on folk tunes, as the composer described it from the Amphitheater stage.
Chautauqua Institution wraps up the 2014 season with focus on innovations in health care delivery
Monday night of Week Eight, the Music School Festival Orchestra took the stage in the Chautauqua Amphitheater to perform their last concert of the 2014 season.