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Opera Guild presents awards to Young Artists

In an event following the Chautauqua Opera Company’s pops concert on Aug. 4, the Chautauqua Opera Guild awarded 11 monetary prizes to members of the Young Artists Program.

Through several fundraisers held earlier this season, including the July 22 and Aug. 2 galas, the Opera Guild was able to disperse merit-based awards totaling $16,000.

As young professionals, recipients of the awards are often responsible for the price of lessons, coaching and any acting or movement classes they wish to take to further their craft. When musicians graduate from academic programs, the costs of keeping up their professional development can be overwhelming. The guild’s Young Artists Awards help with those expenses.

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Leigh, Arky and Newell

‘Artsongs’ performers and audience collaborate for a distinct atmosphere

In an art song recital, the singer and pianist are not the only two responsible for the mood achieved during performance.

“I think the audience has a lot to do with the atmosphere,” said tenor Kevin Newell. “Art song is so personal and intimate, and if you have a stodgy audience, it tends to be a stodgy recital.”

At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, mezzo-soprano Rachel Arky, bass David Leigh, and pianist Miriam Charney will join Newell for the second “Artsongs” recital this season.

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