What is music about? It’s an ancient and rather silly question, but it comes up every time the music of Dmitri Shostakovich is played — as it was at Saturday’s concert by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Sometimes the gap between one tradition, or one era, and another seems just too vast to bridge, to make the connection between the comforts of, say, the familiar older melodies when set against the risks of our moment, in this here and now.
The Logan Chamber Music Series will feature its second of two in-house Chautauquan groups at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as the Chautauqua Wind Quintet performs a program titled “Mozartiana: A Midsummer concert with the Chautauqua Chamber Winds.”
A swell of Chautauquans flooded Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning, overflowing onto the steps and surrounding area to listen to the Trustees Porch Discussion, “Fine & Performing Arts & Inter-arts Collaboration.”
This young man, his name is Cristian Macelaru, put his brand on the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. For this was no ordinary New World Symphony they played together, even though there is a world full of the New Worlds now — too many, really, some of them like weeds growing in music videos and advertisements and ever more on the variety of airwaves.
As the 2014 season enters its middle third of programming, fans of the Logan Chamber Music Series will be treated to a pair of in-house Chautauquan groups made up of members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Discipline and precision were very much in evidence in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra program of this past Thursday, conducted by Bulgarian-born Rossen Milanov, music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the training orchestra Symphony in C — both in New Jersey — and principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.
It’s particularly satisfying when the music plays a substantial role in driving an evening of dance.
While the eyes of the audience will be locked on the stage Saturday during Madam Butterfly, their ears will be taking in the sound of the production’s orchestral band.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger, plays in tandem with a photo story entitled “Hebrides” captured by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson.