Tag Archives: Eve Edelheit

Up on the roof top

The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution has taken the “local food” movement to the next level, hosting a five-course dinner Tuesday evening that featured ingredients grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden.

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Miriam Goodman turns 100 Saturday. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

Goodman celebrates 100 years of a life well lived

In 1911, there were no television sets, world wars or crossword puzzles. News radio programs weren’t being broadcasted. Penicillin hadn’t accidentally been discovered yet. Instant coffee was a new commodity. It was a year that began on a Sunday and ended without national crisis. On Aug. 27, 1911, Miriam Goodman was born.

When interviewed for this story earlier in the season, the fact that her 100th birthday was quickly approaching didn’t seem to bother the Chautauquan of more than 25 years. In fact, Miriam is quite content sitting on her front porch and “watching the world go by.”

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Carolyn and Ken Benton. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

Longtime Bratton, Norton house managers retire

After 10 years of dedication and work with Chautauqua Theater Company and Chautauqua Opera Company, house managers Ken and Carolyn Benton have decided to retire.

Carolyn, now a retired music teacher, began coming to Chautauqua each summer as a child and is in her 10th season as the chimemaster at the Miller Bell Tower.

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Ned Jamison (Hugh Butler), center left, confronts Harry Washington (Carl Badger), left, as Kathy Jamison (Margaret Johnson), center right, and Miss Collins (Mary Lee Talbot), right, look on during a rehearsal of David Zinman’s play “What’s in a Name?” in Fletcher Music Hall. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Zinman to workshop one-act play in Fletcher Music Hall Saturday

While Chautauqua Theater Company has completed its season, guests looking to get one last dose of theater will find it at Fletcher Music Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday with Chautauquan David Zinman’s one-act play “What’s in a Name?”

Zinman, who runs the Classic Film Series at the Chautauqua Cinema, typically does a staged reading of his plays at the end of each season. His inspiration for this season’s play came from a real-life story he heard while in a library one day.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Daniel Walker Howe speaks in the Amphitheater Thursday morning. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

Howe: Revolutions in communication, transportation deepen North-South division

There are many ways to look at and study the Civil War and the events leading up to it, but Daniel Walker Howe offered a new way of looking at the crisis of secession at his 10:45 a.m. lecture Thursday.

In his lecture, “The Secession Crisis,” Howe put the Civil War into the context of the dramatic revolution occurring a generation prior to the war in the way of communication and transportation.

In the years between the War of 1812 and secession, the world was reshaped, Howe said.

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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Brian Reagin warms up just off the Amphitheater stage prior to the season’s last concert. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

CSO reviews 83rd season, searches for new music director in 84th

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s 83rd season is over, but the orchestra and the Chautauqua Institution already are planning next season.

This season was unlike most, in that the orchestra operated without a music director. Instead, 16 guest conductors led the ensemble through the season. Next season, the programming will be similar as the CSO continues its search for a new music director.

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Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and soloist Horacio Gutiérrez on piano in its final 2011 performance Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

To close season, CSO reflects on eternal power of music

Gerard Schwarz led New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival for 18 years, so it’s only natural that the composer would turn up for the season-ending program of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the form of the Piano Concerto No. 19, K.459.

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Michael Klarman speaks in the Hall of Philosophy Monday. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

Klarman: Early concessions on slavery meant to preserve Union

To prepare the audience for this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series on the Civil War and human rights, Michael Klarman cleared some misconceptions, laid the groundwork for the week and rooted people’s minds in constitutional history.

During Monday’s lecture, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion, introduced the multi-degree-holding Harvard law professor to an audience that had just been warned against saving seats in the packed Hall of Philosophy.

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