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Melissa Harris-Perry

Harris-Perry to explore how post-Civil War choices affect politics today

The path to the Civil War diverged as a result of the war, creating an array of new challenges that continue to affect Americans to this day.

Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science, author, columnist for The Nation and MSNBC contributor, will discuss the choices the U.S government made after the Civil War and explore how they continue to impact the nation’s politics in her lecture at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.

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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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Tim Piper

Legendary Beatle to be celebrated at Amp tonight

Imagine John Lennon is back with us for one final concert.

Musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper creates that experience by staring as Lennon in “Just Imagine,” a tribute show that’s part rock concert and part history lesson, at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

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The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, led last Thursday by guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, performs for the final time this season at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. Photo by Eve Edelheit.

On a high note

As they celebrate the end to their 83rd season, the musicians of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will welcome back old friends and familiar faces for a final concert featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K.459, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz, pianist Horacio Gutiérrez and mezzo soprano Allison Sanders join the CSO at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

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Thursday Morning Brass. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Thursday Morning Brass plays for fun, donations to School of Music

Now that they’ve been together for several years, the musicians of Thursday Morning Brass are like family, said French horn player Nancy Waasdorp.

“You get to know everybody’s little whatevers; who’s going to crack the joke, and who’s going to make a correction,” she said. “It’s just special, in that respect.”

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The Linden String Quartet. Submitted photo.

Linden String Quartet to make Chautauqua debut

Violinist Catherine Cosbey said string quartets can be rediscovered for the rest of one’s life.

“It teaches me more about myself and it helps me dig deeper within,” she said. “I hope that is something that we can pass on to our audience. Apart from being a respite from the outside world, I hope that it can help with some soul-searching.”

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Grant Cooper guest conducts the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in a collaboration with North Carolina Dance Theatre and the Chautauqua School of Dance on Aug. 13. Cooper steps to the podium again Saturday in the CSO’s penultimate performance of the 2011 Season. Photo by Demetrius Freeman.

Symphonic tendencies

Guest conductor Grant Cooper and cellist Julie Albers have worked together many times before but never have played together with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Join them in a concert featuring Edward Elgar’s cello concerto and Brahms’ fourth symphony at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater.

Cooper said Albers is a real joy to work with and loves music deeply, which makes her a compelling presence onstage.

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Caitlyn Kamminga works with a group of string students in Trinidad and Tobago. Submitted photo.

CSO’s Kamminga to discuss Trinidad music education in Brown Bag

Hear the rainforest through the creative minds of five very young composers at the world premiere of the documentary short, “Rainforest: A Musical Postcard from Trinidad,” at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.

CSO double bassist Caitlyn Kamminga will talk about her work with the young composers and in other music education and outreach programs at today’s Symphony Partners “Meet the CSO Musicians” Brown Bag lunch.

Two years ago, Kamminga and her husband, trombonist Aidan Chamberlain, were working as freelance orchestra musicians in London, trading off international tour dates and putting their two young children to bed via Skype video calls.

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