Four students from Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts will take their talents from the Amphitheater to the small screen next spring as features of a documentary produced by WQED-TV, Pittsburgh’s PBS affiliate.Continue reading
As luck would have it, my decision to begin testing the Institution’s hearing enhancement system during a musical act was well-rewarded.Continue reading
Marty Merkley, Chautauqua Institution vice president and director of programming, provided an overview of large- and small-scale collaborative arts efforts on the grounds during the weekly Trustees Porch Discussion last Wednesday.Continue reading
It isn’t often that Marty Merkley recites rhymes in front of a packed Amphitheater, but he hopes that tonight will be one of those nights.
Merkley, Chautauqua Institution vice president and director of programming, will perform his rhyming adaptation of the narration that accompanies Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This year marks the British composer’s 100th birthday, and Merkley said that performing Britten’s most well-known piece to mark the occasion was a no-brainer.Continue reading
If a normal Saturday evening at Chautauqua Institution means going to see the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra perform in the Amphitheater, this Saturday night will be a bit different.Continue reading
The music played Saturday evening in the Amphitheater will sound the spirit of Chautauqua: noble, steeped in tradition with a touch of the pastoral.
This marks the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013 Season. At 8:15 p.m., Christopher Seaman, back for a third year as a CSO guest conductor, will be joined by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Von Oeyen will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, commonly known as the “Emperor” concerto.Continue reading
Only one Chautauquan can claim he has donned a Spider-Man costume while hanging from the Amphitheater ceiling, conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and sung with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
This distinction goes to Marty Merkley, Institution vice president and director of programming. Merkley will share these and other stories at his 9:15 a.m. talk Thursday at the Chautauqua Women’s Club Clubhouse titled “Bits and Pieces,” the first lecture in the Chautauqua Speaks series sponsored by the Women’s Club. Merkley will offer behind-the-scenes tales from the Program Office and will also briefly discuss seasonal planning procedures.Continue reading
Though Story Musgrave has been in space six times and moonlighted as a trauma surgeon, his real career passion is acting.
If offered the chance to perform on Broadway, this astronaut would quickly seize the opportunity.Continue reading