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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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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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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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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerGül Ilgaz’s “Folding Sheets,” 2009

A ‘Familiar’ ring: VACI exhibition of Turkish work serves as artistic reference point for week’s lectures

The view of Turkey in Strohl Art Center is as if at the end of a telescope, condensed close-ups by six women in that crossroad country, six women with six notions, six topic sentences, six ideas. The show then is focused still tighter when squeezed into the intimate Bellowe Family Gallery on the second floor.

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerChautauqua Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Richard Sherman performs the world premiere of Laurence Roman’s “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra” with the CSO, under the direction of guest conductor Maximiano Valdes, Thursday evening in the Amphitheater.

REVIEW — ‘Music for a lakeside evening’: Sherman debuts Roman concertino, CSO gives solid rendition of Tchaikovsky warhorse

“Another day, another preposterous flute concerto.”

Contemporary composer Gabriel Kahane tweeted that remark late Wednesday night. He was not en route to Chautauqua, but surely he would have had a change of heart after hearing the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Thursday.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerIn Chautauqua Theater Company’s The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare’s classic characters, like Sofia, the courtesan-turned-snake charmer (Carly Zien, pictured) are given an early-20th-century circus twist. The play runs until Aug. 16 in Bratton Theater.

REVIEW: In CTC’s crazy ‘Comedy,’ everything’s relative

Guest review by Rebecca J. Ritzel

How many circus performers can you fit into the Bratton Theater?

Saturday’s opening of The Comedy of Errors was the theatrical equivalent of watching more than 20 clowns, conjurers, strongmen and bearded ladies come scrambling out of a Mini Cooper. Every curtain up could reveal a mermaid or yet another lion tamer. The costumes, sets and props are of nearly Broadway caliber. Much of the acting is outstanding, and clever gags — like having a swordfish fight instead of a swordfight — are liberally sprinkled through the show.

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REVIEW: CSO, with Segal and Pegis, deliver ‘something truly memorable’

During his 18 seasons as Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s music director (a role he served until 2007), conductor Uriel Segal honed the ideal formula for rousing the Chautauqua audience. His choices for Thursday night’s CSO concert consisted of two flaming masterpieces — gems to savor, as well as to challenge. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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