When viola player Jason Fisher and the rest of A Far Cry first walk out at 4 p.m. today inside Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, attendees unfamiliar with the group will quickly notice what makes them so unique.
The Logan Chamber Music Series will feature its second of two in-house Chautauquan groups at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as the Chautauqua Wind Quintet performs a program titled “Mozartiana: A Midsummer concert with the Chautauqua Chamber Winds.”
If the thought of sounds akin to a blend of Motörhead and Mozart bouncing around Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall piques your interest, soprano saxophonist Dan Graser is ready and waiting.
One of the focal points of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra program this summer is an increased attempt to balance contemporary performances with presentations of familiar, classic works.
During her 21 years with the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, Virginia, violist Evelyn Grau has heard a great deal about Chautauqua’s musical reputation, but has never had the chance to perform here.
When violinist David Southorn first came to Chautauqua Institution during the 2009 Season, he saw a string quartet perform in the Logan Chamber Music Series and hoped to perform in the same venue with his own string quartet one day.
Four years later, he returns to the grounds with violinist Katie Hyun, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin and cellist Mihai Marica. The four musicians make up the Amphion String Quartet, which will perform at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
The Chautauqua Chamber Winds will show audiences this afternoon just how romantic and heroic wind instruments can be.
It’s strange to consider how relationships are formed. A chance encounter can bring two people together who fall in love or become lifelong friends. For the five musicians of WindSync, banding together took some cosmic arranging.
WindSync, the second ensemble playing in the Logan Chamber Music Series, is a wind quintet composed of Garrett Hudson on flute; Erin Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; Tracy Jacobsen, bassoon; and Anni Hochhalter, French horn. They will perform at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
As one of the founding members of Sonic Escape, Maria Millar has put a lot of pressure on herself to compose and arrange for the flute, violin and cello trio in ways that no one has ever heard.
“First, it involves a lot of procrastination,” said Millar, violinist, composer, arranger and self-professed procrastinator.
“Basically I think, ‘I should write something, I should write something,’ and then I keep not doing it,” she said. “Having a concert, that’s really the only way to get me to write.”
A Far Cry is the Goldilocks of the Logan Chamber Series this season — too large to be a quartet, too small to be an orchestra, but just right in their 16-member, self-conducted string ensemble.
“We end up being like the elephant, like the behemoth in a lot of the series that we go to, just because of the sheer number of people,” said Sarah Darling, a violinist in the ensemble. “The idea is that anybody in the group — they’re in the group because they love leading and they love following, and you have to be able to do both.”
For the concert today at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth Lenna Hall, A Far Cry will perform three pieces: Last Round by Osvaldo Golijov, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, Op. 10.