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West Foot Forward: 2003 Effron fellow Dan returns to lead MSFO with a steady tempo

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.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerMusic director Timothy Muffitt leads the Music School Festival Orchestra in its second performance of the 2013 Season, on July 8 in the Amphitheater.

Arabian night

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.”

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Versatile Vlad: Vizireanu makes MSFO debut with array of musical styles

Ballet and opera will take center stage at the second Music School Festival Orchestra concert of the season.
Vlad Vizireanu, the School of Music’s 2013 David Effron Conducting Fellow, will conduct five arias and Timothy Muffitt, the MSFO’s music director, will conduct two pieces at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. Five voice students, the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota competition winners, will sing Vizireanu’s choice of operatic arias.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerShuai Wang performs Mozart’s Concerto in F major, K. 459.

Pianists compete for first place in SAI competition

Eight students took turns sitting at a piano bench to play 15 minutes of a composition of their choosing during the preliminary round of the Sigma Alpha Iota concerto competition Sunday. Only four students qualified for the finals, which take place at 1:30 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

Alvin Zhu, Magdalena Ondicova, Christina Liu and Shuai Wang impressed the judges and were invited to play in today’s competition. Instead of the 15 minutes allotted in the first round, each contestant will perform for approximately 20 minutes.

The finalists are competing for a cash prize, as well as the opportunity to come back to Chautauqua Institution next year to play with the Music School Festival Orchestra.

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerMembers of the Music School Festival Orchestra rehearse Sunday morning in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The MSFO plays at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amp.

Opening night: MSFO to perform Beethoven, Shostakovich at season opener

What was written in a desperate attempt to appease political and social groups became Dmitri Shostakovich’s most famous work. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 in D Minor brought him back into the good graces of Russian leadership, in a time when many of his friends and relatives were disappearing.

The Music School Festival Orchestra will open its concert season at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater with Shostakovich’s piece, preceded by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 93 in F Major. MSFO Music Director Timothy Muffitt chose these symphonies as a base point for the rest of the season.

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Lucas Bilbro and Isabella LaFreniere will perform Balanchine’s “Serenade,” danced to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48, with the Music School Festival Orchestra tonight in the Amphitheater. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Festival students perform Balanchine’s Serenade tonight in the Amphitheater

Together, festival students from the School of Music and the School of Dance will “Serenade” audiences at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

Dancers will perform George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” restaged by répétiteur Patricia McBride, North Carolina Dance Theatre associate artistic director.

Musicians will accompany the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, lead by guest conductor Stilian Kirov.

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2012 David Effron Conduction Fellow Roderick Cox leads the Music School Festival Orchestra in last Monday evening’s performance in the Amphitheater. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Buoyed by successful debut, Cox sees room for self-improvement with MSFO tonight

Encore!

Following last Monday’s brilliance with returning 2011 Sigma Alpha Iota-winning violinist Laura Park’s solo and David Effron conducting fellow Roderick Cox’s Chautauqua debut, conductor Timothy Muffitt and the Music School Festival Orchestra will once again take the stage at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

“It was a great moment,” Cox said, reflecting on the previous performance, where Park and he received a thunderous reception. “But now that I’ve sat back and start to really think about the performance, I gather a couple things I want to work on to fix.”

Based on the crowd’s endearing reaction, it is easy to see how the 24-year-old conductor might want to rest on his laurels. Cox, however, is far from satisfied.

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