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Spring 2014 WQED documentary to showcase four music students’ talent

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.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerChautauqua Institution vice president and director of programming Marty Merkley speaks at the arts-themed Trustees Porch Discussion Wednesday morning on the Hultquist Center porch.

Merkley speaks on arts collaboration, programming and new Amp design

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.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerThe Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs July 23 in the Amphitheater.

Orchestral snapshots: Merkley joins CSO to celebrate Britten’s 100th with ‘Young Person’s Guide’

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.

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Adam Birkan | Daily File Photo The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of guest conductor Christopher Seaman on July 28, 2012, in the Amphitheater. Seaman returns in the same capacity Saturday night.

Reuniting with sound: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013 season Saturday evening

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.

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Merkley to share details of planning the season

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.

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The view from up there: Astronaut Story Musgrave to share 50 scenarios that influenced his life

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.

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