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Eric Shea | Daily File PhotoTwo oboists perform with the Chautauqua Community Band during its 2013 Independence Day Concert on Bestor Plaza.

Community Band to provide midday Fourth of July fireworks

Before the night’s fireworks and festivities, Jason Weintraub invites all Chautauquans to join him and the Chautauqua Community Band for their 23rd annual Independence Day Concert.

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Guest conductor Noam Zur, making his North American debut, leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra through its final performance Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. In 2013, the CSO will play its third summer under the batons of guest conductors as a search begins for a permanent music director. Photo by Eric Shea.

CSO looks forward to third season of guest conductors

This was the second season without the presence of a music director for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, but based on the performances from the orchestra and the feedback from its audience, the absence is hardly noticeable.

While it is a challenge for the orchestra to perform under a new conductor almost every single concert — with the exception of a handful of conductors who joined the CSO for two performances — the orchestra has risen to the occasion.

“It keeps them on the edge of their seat, keeps things charged, keeps things interesting, and the majority of the orchestra likes that — they like that challenge,” said Marty Merkley, Institution vice president and director of programming.

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Flower head of a daisy.
Photo by Eric Shea.

BTG begins planning for 2013 Chautauqua in Bloom

Blooming flower gardens and colorful bouquets are all part of a summer at Chautauqua.

During the 2013 Season, chairperson Barb Zuegel said the Bird, Tree & Garden Club will celebrate the Institution’s private gardens with a “Chautauqua in Bloom” recognition event.

The club will be celebrating its centennial in 2013, and Zuegel encourages property owners to look at their flower beds at the end of this summer to make plans for them to look their best for next season.

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The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs its penultimate concert Saturday evening in the Amphitheater. The CSO closes the 2012 Season with its 21st performance at 8:15 p.m. tonight. Photo by Eric Shea.

CSO wraps up 2012 with final performance featuring Trifonov, Zur

During a safari in South Africa, guest conductor Noam Zur sat helplessly in a Jeep when a rhinoceros came hurtling toward the vehicle. In that moment, he knew the next time he told an orchestra to play dangerously, he would draw on that moment to remember how real danger felt.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will perform its last concert of the season tonight at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The concert will feature Zur conducting and guest pianist Daniil Trifonov performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Trifonov won the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2011, the only first-prize winner since Alexander Gavrylyuk in 2005.

Zur and Trifonov worked together last year, performing the same Chopin concerto, which they chose again for tonight because of the CSO’s notoriously fast rehearsal time.

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Green Koifish Coat and Norma Druid Priestess Coat by Sandy D’Andradé. Photo by Eric Shea.

D’Andradé’s trunk show exhibits, sells opera-inspired garments

Some people plan the dates of their Chautauqua visit around the morning lectures, and others around the opera or symphony schedule. But for the past decade, some Chautauquans have been sure their time spent at the Institution coincides with Sandy D’Andradé’s trunk show.

D’Andradé’s handmade knitwear exhibits craft and skill uncommon in today’s mass-produced culture, and with a more than 30-year career under her belt, D’Andradé still feels the demand for unique, intricate separates. For the first time in her 10-year presence at Chautauqua, she and her husband, Matt Alperin, have sold their clothing throughout the whole season, alternating between a showroom in the Athenaeum Hotel and the Main Gate Welcome Center.

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow speaks with the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of Chautauqua’s Department of Religion, about social issues Friday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Waskow insists that every generation has to struggle for freedom from oppressors. Photo by Eric Shea.

Waskow dialogues on radically renewing, transforming the world

Rabbi Arthur Waskow is a radical, a pioneer; he has been one for a long time and has no intention of giving up anytime soon.

On Friday, Waskow sat down for an intimate conversation with the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell in the Hall of Philosophy for the final lecture on the Week Eight theme, “Radicalism: Burden or Blessing?”

In a discussion titled “Radicals, Radishes and the Spiritual Root of Social Action,” the two touched on the fight of the radical, Waskow’s work with the Jewish renewal movement, the inspiration behind his interfaith action and the new radical movement both Waskow and Campbell belong to: the U.S. Council of Elders.

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David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs reporter now with Reuters, recounts his experiences in captivity in Pakistan and sheds light on how radical Taliban militants view the United States. Photo by Eric Shea.

Rohde highlights experiences to address radicalism

What was meant to be an interview with a Taliban commander became a seven-month kidnapping.

To keep up with the competition in journalism, David Rohde wanted to interview a Taliban commander for a book. His opportunity came Nov. 10, 2008.

But when he, Afghan journalist Tahir Ludin and their driver Asadullah “Asad” Mangal arrived at the Logar province for the meeting, the Taliban commander told them he changed the location farther down the road.

A black car was blocking the road ahead. Then two gunmen with Kalashnikov rifles ran toward their car from both sides. Ludin and Mangal moved to the back seat with Rohde, and the gunmen got in the car and continued driving.

“My head was spinning,” Rohde said during Friday’s morning lecture. “I hoped that this was all some kind of mistake — that they had maybe seen me in the back seat and saw a Westerner.”

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John Bryson Chane, retired Episcopal bishop of Washington, lectures in the Hall of Philosophy Wednesday afternoon. Chane questioned if Jesus should be considered a radical figure, and if then, by association, the Christian church a radical church. Photo by Eric Shea.

Chane discusses a radical Jesus, radicalism in Christianity

“Was Jesus a radical?” Bishop John Bryson Chane asked the Hall of Philosophy audience during the 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture.

On Wednesday, Chane continued Week Eight’s theme of “Radicalism: Burden or Blessing?” with a lecture titled “Radicalism… A Passion for The Possible in the 21st Century.” The title comes from the title of a book written by William Sloane Coffin, a Christian theologian, Chane said. In his lecture, Chane discussed the meaning of the word “radical,” whether Jesus was a radical, and whether the Christian church of today is or is not a radical church.

Chane was consecrated the eighth Bishop of Washington and was CEO of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. He is also an active participant and proponent of interfaith dialogue and a graduate of Yale Divinity School. Before attending Yale, Chane was a student at Boston University where he was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society.

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