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Guest column — Principled pluralism: The ethical imperative of our time

“There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions and no peace among the religions without dialogue.” — Hans Kung

Recently, I had the privilege of serving as a member of a panel of thought leaders convened by the Aspen Institute’s “Inclusive America Project.” The distinguished group of scholars, religious and civic leaders is concerned but hopeful about the future of our great nation as it pertains to our current state of religious diversity and tolerance. We believe, as the theologian Hans Kung says in the quote above, that religious people, communities and leaders hold the key to peace between opposing nations and groups.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerGuest conductor Jamie Laredo congratulates cellist (and wife) Sharon Robinson for her performance on the world premiere of Michael Colina’s “Three Dances for Cello and Orchestra” with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. The performance was the CSO’s last of 2013.

‘A Life-affirming way to say goodbye’: CSO premieres Colina’s ‘Three Dances’ in season’s final performance

Bestor Plaza had a melancholy air on the evening of the final concert of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 Season. Just a few children were playing, and quietly. There were good-byes to compose and memories to secure before the leave taking could start.

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Board to consider updates to ALU regulations at Saturday meeting

At its annual August meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees will consider adoption of proposed changes to Chautauqua’s Architectural and Land Use (ALU) Regulations. The revisions are the result of a lengthy review process by a study group assembled by board chairman George Snyder that included a series of public input sessions and community presentations held during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as drafts published online for public review this past fall and spring.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerGuest conductor Markand Thakar leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra through its performance Saturday evening in the Amphitheater.

Thakar expertly guides CSO, Reagin through mix of outgoing, contemplative pieces

Saturday night, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented an exceptional lineup when they paired an introverted canonic jewel with two extroverted works from the 20th century. Audience members were treated to a well-designed program that gave the CSO an opportunity to display their stylistic expertise in both Manuel de Falla’s and Dmitri Kabalevsky’s boisterous works and Schumann’s gentle symphony.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSinger-songwriter Paul Simon and poet Billy Collins discuss the difference between song lyrics and poems during Friday’s evening conversation in the Amphitheater.

In conversation with Collins, Simon reveals stories behind famous songs

Chautauqua-centric entertainment reached a new peak Friday night when poet and perennial favorite Billy Collins compared his creative process with songwriter Paul Simon. The two discussed the qualities an opening line should have, their sources of inspiration and told the stories behind several well-known songs and poems, all with a heavy dose of charm and humor.

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First-ever Chautauqua Health Care Forum featured in final week of 2013 Season

Chautauqua will present a total of 25 lectures during Week Nine geared toward “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” with the launch of a three-year initiative focusing on health care that offers Chautauquans an opportunity never before experienced on the grounds.

“We’ve significantly increased the level of engagement by adding 15 additional lectures throughout the course of the week,” said George Murphy, vice president and chief marketing officer at Chautauqua Institution.

“These lectures are in smaller venues that will encourage more dialogue and Q-and-A,” Murphy said.

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Music School Festival Orchestra violinists Hillary Hempel and Tomaz Soares play for School of Dance students Chelsea Dumas and Ben Kay in the Bellinger Hall quad. The four lived together all summer at Bellinger. (1)

Full house: Bellinger Hall allows arts schools students to live, eat, grow together

For 300 artists who have been accepted into Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts, Bellinger Hall has been a home away from home this summer.

Students in Chautauqua’s School of Art, School of Music, the Chautauqua Theater Company conservatory and the School of Dance arrive on the grounds from arts programs around the world. The best of the best are selected from hundreds of applicants, invited to spend their summer on the grounds attending classes, receiving one-on-one training with renowned artists and performing for the broader Chautauqua community. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerSolo pianist Roberto Plano performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 31 in C Minor, with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Thursday evening in the Amphitheater. Guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger guided the performance.

REVIEW: ‘Moments of beauty and delicacy’ mark Plano’s guest spot with CSO

Beethoven enthusiasts know that his compositions can be broken into three categories based on the mood they accomplish. Though Chautauquans heard two works Thursday night from his middle, or “heroic” period, the two Beethoven works spanned a wide range, credited to varying interpretation between conductor and soloist.

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