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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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Jeff Cravotta | Photo ProvidedAnna Gerberich and Frederick (Pete) Leo Walker II

‘Western Symphony’ closes NCDT season

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.

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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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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerThe Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of guest conductor Rossen Milanov Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater.

CSO review: ‘Spacious and sumptuous’

About an evening spent with great music, there can never be cause for regret. Especially when that music is well played. Thus did patrons of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Tuesday night at the Amphitheater stand in total contrast to the program’s protagonists.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerGuest violinist Karen Gomyo bows to the Chautauqua audience after being presented flowers by Marty Merkley, Institution vice president and director of programming, Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. Gomyo performed Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Op. 47 in D minor, with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Christopher Seaman, below.

‘A full-tilt kinetic act’: Seaman, Gomyo prove up to Sibelius’ task in Tuesday CSO concert

This is a small world, big idea story. A story about a place that stretches through more than a century of time; a place where it also seems easy to connect the dots; a place where the dots add up to notions far larger than what seems possible.

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Adam Birkan | Daily File Photo The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of guest conductor Christopher Seaman on July 28, 2012, in the Amphitheater. Seaman returns in the same capacity Saturday night.

Reuniting with sound: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013 season Saturday evening

The music played Saturday evening in the Amphitheater will sound the spirit of Chautauqua: noble, steeped in tradition with a touch of the pastoral.

This marks the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013 Season. At 8:15 p.m., Christopher Seaman, back for a third year as a CSO guest conductor, will be joined by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Von Oeyen will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, commonly known as the “Emperor” concerto.

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Guest pianist Daniil Trifonov, a rising 21-year-old superstar, performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, in F Minor with the CSO.

Trifonov ‘terrifically exciting’ in guest spot with CSO, Zur; Zemach receives dignified send-off

It was a night for beginnings and endings in the Amphitheater on Tuesday. This being the final Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concert of the season, Institution President Tom Becker was on hand to offer his thanks to the players and also the players’ gratitude to the audience. He drolly introduced himself as “Marty Merkley’s yes man,” which got a nice laugh.

Merkley had a good night, mounting a valedictory program that included two Chautauqua debuts: of the young Israeli conductor Noam Zur (making his North American debut); and of Daniil Trifonov, a pianist whose appearance was a consequence of winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

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