In all the traditional arts, there may be no greater a misnomer today than the accepted designation that classical music is tranquil — that it is suitable stuff for relaxation and the background. Anyone who has listened to a Beethoven symphony, Verdi opera or Stravinsky ballet on earphones certainly knows that isn’t the case. Classical music is the realm of drama, of tremendous contrast, of tension and release.Read more
Ross Warhol, executive chef of the President’s Cottage, and sous chef Alex Gray led guests through a six-course sampling of dishes that explored how a dash of science can flavor, texture and otherwise manipulate food.
About 30 people attended “Molecular Gastronomy: A Demonstration of Molecular Cooking” Tuesday in the ballroom of the Athenaeum Hotel. Molecular gastronomy studies the chemistry behind cooking and is an exciting development for haute cuisine, Warhol said.Read more
The Chautauqua School of Music campus looks a lot different this week. As the last of the Music School Festival Orchestra students pack up their belongings and disperse to various colleges across the country, they are replaced this week by musical miniatures.
Middle school and high school instrumentalists now fill the practice rooms and concert halls with small-scale cellos, brazen trumpets and pre-teen flutists congregated around folding music stands, competing to see who can hold a note the longest.
The Chautauqua Music Camps have invaded the School of Music with more than 90 young students to participate in the Middle School Band Camp, the Jazz Camp and the Orchestra Camp for string players. The camp now is in its 13th year and always occurs during Week Eight of the festival season.Read more
Joan Abrahamson’s eyes began to water as she ended her 10:45 a.m. lecture Thursday in the Amphitheater. She was about to share something very personal with the Chautauquans there.
“I’ve got to tell you,” Abrahamson said, “I don’t usually talk like this. I usually give an analytical presentation about a problem and how we’re going about solving it, but I feel here that what’s special about Chautauqua is that all these levels operate simultaneously.”Read more
On Aug. 12, the Chautauqua Foundation held the sixth annual Eleanor B. Daugherty Society luncheon to honor the many Chautauquans who provide for the Institution’s future by including Chautauqua in their estate plans by will, trust, as beneficiary of an IRA or through a gift of real estate. Members were recognized and rewarded by hearing from guest speaker C. Fred Bergsten, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Bergsten was the 10:45 a.m. lecturer Aug. 12 in the Amphitheater.Read more
For a deeper understanding of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” guests can attend tonight’s “’fore-Play: Love’s Labour’s Lost” at 7 p.m. in Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church.
Directing fellow Patrick Walsh will lead the event as an open dialogue with the audience rather than a lecture. It will last approximately 45 minutes, allowing attendees enough time to arrive to Bratton Theater for the 8 p.m. performance of the play.Read more
Two tours at Bratton Theater today allow guests to go behind-the-scenes of Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Each tour will have a different focus. The first is specific to families of all ages, and the second will be tailored for regular theatergoers.Read more
John Dominic Crossan addressed “Finale: Violence and Nonviolence,” and Joerg Rieger discussed “Economics and Resistance: Reshaping Desire from the Bottom Up” for Friday’s joint presentation in the Hall of Philosophy, concluding their Week Seven examination of “The Heart and Soul of Money.”Read more