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David Effron Conducting Fellow Roderick Cox leads the MSFO during a performance in July. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Cox, Muffitt, MSFO close ‘beyond fantastic’ season tonight

“These pieces are the blockbuster pieces for the Romantic period,” said David Effron Conducting Fellow Roderick Cox about the Music School Festival Orchestra’s finale at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

The program highlights Wagner’s “Overture and Venusburg Music,” from the opera Tannhäuser, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 in E Minor.

Cox will lead off the concert’s direction with a composer and piece he deeply admires.

“Wagner has a great deal of passion, beauty and intelligence,” he said. “It’s just all around a wonderful masterpiece that I am very honored to get to do with these musicians.”

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Photo by Adam Birkan.

Voice Program, MSFO to stage ‘immensely difficult’ Strauss comic opera

“Chautauqua has never seen anything like this,” voice director John Giampietro said about his opera finale this season, which follows L’elisir d’amore.

Der Rosenkavalier will be in full bloom, as the Music School Festival Orchestra and Chautauqua’s School of Music Voice Program share the spotlight at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

The German comic opera, written by Richard Strauss, premiered more than a century ago. Der Rosenkavalier, which translates to “The Knight of the Rose,” delves into romantic struggles with patrician Marschallin; her young lover, Count Octavian Rofrano; her crude cousin Baron Ochs; and Ochs’ prospective fiancée, Sophie von Faninal.

“This story is about moments,” Giampietro said. “There are moments in our lives where we’re changed forever. And in this opera, those moments happen throughout.”

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Arie Lipsky, chamber music chair, coaches his chamber music ensemble in preparation for its Sunday performance at McKnight Hall. Photo by Eric Shea.

In School of Music first, chamber music enters second phase

Entering the 2012 chamber music recital series’ second phase, Oliver Dow, School of Music managing director, looks to do something that has not been done during his 17 years at Chautauqua.

The experimental second phase, which starts with a doubleheader from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Fletcher Music Hall, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McKnight Hall, lasts for eight days.

In previous years, the School of Music’s seven-week season was broken down to four weeks of the Music School Festival Orchestra, two chamber music weeks, and one orchestral week. Now, MSFO goes for four weeks, eight days for chamber music, and two orchestral weeks.

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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


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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David Effron Conducting Fellow Cox makes Amp debut with MSFO tonight

A wand and a cast of musicians are all Roderick Cox needs to transform the Amphitheater stage into a sight to behold.

“There’s something particularly magical about being a conductor, because you’re not a musician who makes sound,” said Cox, this year’s David Effron Conducting Fellow.

Cox will make his Music School Festival Orchestra debut at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Amphitheater. One piece he will conduct is “Les Préludes” by Franz Liszt.

“I think a conductor has the ability to provide the room and the space for the sound to flourish,” Cox said. “And that’s in part by how you work with an ensemble. Just by a simple smirk on the face or a flick of the stick, you can really make magic happen on the podium.”

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