Chautauqua Institution is saturated with the tradition of re-creation through recreation. To anyone who grew up on Sharpe Field, softball is part of that tradition.
The Music School Festival Orchestra has a reputation for transforming the Amphitheater into a classical music powerhouse. An army of 70 musicians made up of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion take charge Monday evenings with sounds that dazzle audiences.
As the weeks press on for the young instrumental virtuosos of the Music School Festival Orchestra, the music steadily grows a bit more difficult — yet the smiles and repertoire of the students grow wider.
In a family of big players, it can be hard for the viola to find its shine. While smaller than its elder sibling, the cello, and often confused with its almost-homonym little sibling, the violin, the viola still plays a vital part in orchestra.
After the debut performance of this season’s Music School Festival Orchestra, the students set a tone of high expectations. Two weeks into the season, director Timothy Muffitt thinks the sky’s the only limit for the musicians.
Last Friday, the Children’s School ended its opening days with the “Instrument of the Week,” a way of bringing the sounds of the orchestra to their color-coated classrooms. Violinist Rachel Gallegos and violist Katelyn Hoag, members of the MSFO, performed as the kids’ eyes widened with curiosity and heads shook off-rhythm.
Get ready to rumble with world-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu as he transforms Fletcher Music Hall into an epic classical piano showdown venue. At 4 p.m. today, back in Chautauqua for a second time performing his popular Classical Smackdown, Chiu will play the works of two composers, forcing them to face off in a battle where audiences will ultimately decide the winner.
With each bend of the bow against the strings, whistle from the woodwinds, blow from the brass and pulse set by the percussion section, the Music School Festival Orchestra forms a sweet sound on the ears as they gear up for its first performance.
The Music School Festival Orchestra will take a step into the Wild West at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater as it performs Hershy Kay’s “Western Symphony,” accompanied by festival dancers in the School of Dance.
Kayoko Dan, 2003 David Effron Conducting Fellow, will return to the Amp tonight as a guest conductor. She will be joined by Vlad Vizireanu, 2013 David Effron Conducting Fellow.
A domineering sultan declares women unfaithful and launches a campaign to kill each of his wives after their first marital night. But in an attempt to save her own life, the clever sultana Scheherazade begins spinning wondrous tales for the sultan every night, and every night he is temporarily persuaded to abandon his plan. One thousand and one nights later, he gives it up completely.
Chautauqua Institution’s Music School Festival Orchestra will end tonight’s show, which begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”