Guest conductor Maximiano Valdés makes his second appearance this season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
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.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, music director candidate Maximiano Valdés will be leading the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for a program highlighting an alumna of the Institution: soprano Leela Subramaniam.
Conductor Bruce Hangen made his Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra debut Thursday evening in the Amphitheater, leading the first of two season appearances.
If this weekend’s production of Go West! is meant to celebrate the challenging triumphs and devastating struggles that make up the story of the American West, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra members are the oxen pulling the covered wagons on their journey.
This season, every concert represents a podium audition for Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra music director, a coveted position that has been vacant since 2011. The audience has been given a chance to vote in this democratic process, with some weight also given the musicians — who can tell in eight bars if a maestro has the real goods.
The Chautauqua Symphony Partners will be hosting their second Brown Bag lecture of the season at 12:15 p.m. today at Smith Wilkes Hall.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the party will include guest conductor Bruce Hangen, who will highlight David Amram’s “Ode to Lord Buckley; Concerto for Alto Saxophone” with soloist Kenneth Radnofsky.
The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the Charlotte Ballet will take the stage to pay homage to the iconic dance. With 10 separate pas de deux of all shapes and sizes, however, they are doing far more than just paying homage.