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.Read more
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.Read more
Premier premiere: In final performance of 2013 Season, CSO to debut Colina’s ‘Three Dances’ with Laredo, Robinson
Most of the time, conductor Jaime Laredo lets cellist Sharon Robinson decide how the music she plays will sound.
“I better, or else I get it,” Laredo said with a laugh.Read more
Markand Thakar transcends his sense of self when he conducts a piece of music.
“The process of making music, for me personally, actually transcends the emotion [of the music],” Thakar said. “It’s not about joy — there’s something that goes even further. I absorb the sounds, if they come to me in the right way and I’m open to them. … They wash over me. I take them in [and] I lose myself in the sounds — I lose that sense of distinction between me and the sounds. In that conscious act, I become the sounds.”Read more
Pianist Roberto Plano looks for something beyond perfection when he plays music.
He believes that every musician must strive to balance technical mastery with musical expression. A musician who is technically perfect but doesn’t have an artistic message is less musical than a musician who can play with emotion and vitality despite his or her mistakes, he said.Read more
Red-carpet treatment: Hollywood comes to Chautauqua with film-score favorites at tonight’s CSO pops concert
When people tell Richard Kaufman they want to be a film composer, he wants to know their favorite film score. Then he wants to know their favorite film score from the 1930s and 1940s, “the era of the greatest film composers who ever lived.”
Kaufman said the early years of film scoring was an era of the greats. Understanding where film scores come from and what they can do is vital for anyone hoping to write their own score.Read more
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.Read more
Before Week Seven’s focus on “Diplomacy” comes to an end, Chautauqua Dance associate artistic director Mark Diamond will relate diplomacy to Chautauquans in a way no speaker would have attempted.
NCDT dancers will perform Diamond’s “The Decision Maker” to open their final show of the season, which begins at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater. Dancers will be accompanied by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Grant Cooper.Read more