With the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been the focus of much media attention.
Depending on whom you ask, Go West!, Chautauqua’s second annual inter-arts collaboration, came together in 500 years, seven months, 12 days or three hours.
North, South, East, West: All points of the compass have allure, but none stirs us from complacency as mercilessly as the last. As Chautauquans know, the theme last week was “The American West.” As we were reminded in the Amphitheater Saturday night, that theme has lost none of its power to lift our spirits and open our minds.
Did Saturday evening’s Go West! The Mythology of American Expansion production fully encompass the complete spectrum of the American West? That’s asking a lot from a mere two hours. But, at the end of the evening, we felt taken like companions on a journey full of bravery, discovery, ruthlessness, unreasonable hope and the pursuit of dreams.
Here is where the artist’s hand meets its surface, as where rubber meets the road.
Conductor Bruce Hangen made his Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra debut Thursday evening in the Amphitheater, leading the first of two season appearances.
In Week Five, Chautauqua examined “The American West.” Interfaith lectures explored the West’s religious innovations and evolution, and performances like the “Go West!” and “The Ballad of Baby Doe” brought the characters of the American West to Chautauqua. Here’s what people were up to in Week Five:
If Douglas Moore is no longer a name to inspire even a flicker of recognition, then his signature work, The Ballad of Baby Doe, still has a place in the collective consciousness of opera buffs. After all, no less a soprano than Beverly Sills turned the piece into a star vehicle two years after its 1956 premiere, and no less a label than Deutsche Grammophon made a recording — back when making a recording meant something.
The following is excerpted from the Aug. 8, 1930, edition of The Chautauquan Daily.
The Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution is constantly transforming to accommodate the season’s programs. Take a look into the life of the Amp in a time lapse created from 2,675 photos taken every 30 seconds.