Citizenship found meaning again Thursday evening. It was discovered in the “everyone” who is an immigrant. Not the immigrant “them.”
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it might take a symphony to raise a boy. The
Chautauquans were invited to the Athenaeum Hotel parlor on Thursday evening to meet and chat with Rossen Milanov, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s new music director and conductor.
The dynamic duo is back: Conductor Rossen Milanov and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk team up for the second time this season to kick off the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s “Into the Music” concert series at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
The perpetual motion of the 20th century — age of the Internet, speed and the bomb; of image and invention, for better or for worst, danced to an accelerated clock, ceaseless, relentless, stopping only on occasion, to catch a breath, to grieve, or for a night’s breeze, a dog’s bark, perhaps the last concert of the 2014 Chautauqua season.
Margie and Dick Buxbaum of Shaker Heights, Ohio, grew curious when they noticed their neighbors’ tendency to leave for most of the summer. How, they wondered, could Ben and Edith Adler go somewhere for the whole summer?
Online employment sites often suggest that last impressions make the best impressions, at least for job seekers who are last in a series of interviews for an open position. If that is true, the Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico has an inside track among the field of eight vying to grab the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s vacant music director position.
On Thursday night, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented “Concerto for Viola and Orchestra,” a work Chautauqua Institution co-commissioned from composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with soloist Paul Neubauer in the spotlight. With a raw spirit and exceptional virtuosity, Neubauer beautifully portrayed Kernis’ masterwork, one underpinned by relationships and which focused on folk tunes, as the composer described it from the Amphitheater stage.
When a conductor demonstrates historical knowledge by adjusting the scope of expression to accommodate the composer’s — what a different kind of conductor might call restraint — the audience is in for a treat and an education.
“How could anyone not like this?” exclaimed the lady as the satisfied Amphitheater audience whooped and stomped after the climax. Maestro Bruce Hangen went round calling out and shaking the hand of most everyone in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra on Thursday evening, which did not turn out as cold as many overdressed fans thought.