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
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
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]Read more
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.Read more
Making melody in your heart: Mitchell-Matthews, Osgood join CSO for evening of African-American spirituals, Emancipation celebration
Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews’ great-great-great-grandfather sang African spirituals.
He was a farmer, a sharecropper and a pastor. He would gather the family together and make everyone sit down before leading the songs. The group sing-alongs were a time for family and God. Now when Matthews sings spirituals, he feels a loving connection to his past.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more