The May Queen is a child of the ’90s. While the contemporary play’s allusions to ’90s-era high school may be unclear for some Chautauquan audiences, ’fore-Plays aim to clarify the context of each play to enrich the audiences’ experience.
Bill Neches has seen the light. Or perhaps more accurately, he’s seen too much of it.
Chautauquans were first introduced to Malcolm Bilson in the summer of 1965. In the same year, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, which demolished a framework once built on the soils of hate and finally give the power of choice to so many who had been denied. The Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)” and Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” ruled the airwaves, and a copy of The Chautauquan Daily cost 10 cents.
East of the East River in Brooklyn, N.Y., recorder virtuosos Daphna Mor and Nina Stern are part of a living tradition.
“There is this concept of the Middle East, east of where we are now, east of the Western world,” Mor said. “Nina and I just brought the New York elements to it.”
And so East of the River was born, an ensemble exploring traditional repertory from east of the Danube while incorporating personal styles from their backgrounds in classical, jazz and world music. They will perform at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall with the first concert of the 2012 Logan Chamber Music Series.