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Music School Festival Orchestra violinists Hillary Hempel and Tomaz Soares play for School of Dance students Chelsea Dumas and Ben Kay in the Bellinger Hall quad. The four lived together all summer at Bellinger. (1)

Full house: Bellinger Hall allows arts schools students to live, eat, grow together

For 300 artists who have been accepted into Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts, Bellinger Hall has been a home away from home this summer.

Students in Chautauqua’s School of Art, School of Music, the Chautauqua Theater Company conservatory and the School of Dance arrive on the grounds from arts programs around the world. The best of the best are selected from hundreds of applicants, invited to spend their summer on the grounds attending classes, receiving one-on-one training with renowned artists and performing for the broader Chautauqua community. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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Harpist Rebecca Hung performs with the Music School Festival Orchestra during Monday evening’s performance of Dialogues of the Carmelites. (1)

REVIEW — A brave exploration of fear and death MSFO, Voice students beautifully stage Poulenc’s haunting ‘Dialogues’

The chilly evening air and half-empty wooden pews of the Amphitheater may have dampened the spirits of patrons Monday night during Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, performed by students from the School of Music’s Voice Program and the Music School Festival Orchestra. The performers, though, couldn’t have asked for a better environment for the hauntingly austere production.

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Voice students ready recital performance under Malas’ guidance

Grace Canfield spent her childhood summers in Chautauqua. As she got older, she noticed the variety and the quality of the art around her, especially the Voice Program in the School of Music. Canfield admired the singers and was inspired by their performances. This year, she returns not as a child vacationing, but as a student in the Voice Program.

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Cello, instrumental students combine divergent styles in ‘Bachianas Brasileiras’ performance

Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian folk and pop music — not the combination one would think of for a series of cello ensemble suites. However, in the 1930s and ’40s, composer Heitor Villa-Lobos fused the three distinct styles together to create nine suites, together known as the Bachianas Brasileiras.

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Pacifica Quartet features ‘magic mix’ of identities

Behind the musicians of Pacifica Quartet are enthusiastic parents, parents who helped their young children choose an instrument — or picked it for them. They shuttled their children to and from music lessons, making the most of what money and connections they had. When necessary, they made mandates and even ultimatums.

After all of this work, they got results: Pacifica Quartet has performed in world-class venues. They won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Ensemble. And they’ve played Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with Yo-Yo Ma.

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Voice students provide feel-good performance of pieces ‘By Strauss’

The School of Music Voice Program will pay tribute to the five Strausses — Johann, Oscar, Eduard, Josef and Richard — at 7:30 p.m. tonight in McKnight Hall. Mikael Eliasen, pianist and guest faculty member of the Voice Program, will accompany eight voice students during the “By Strauss” concert.

Eliasen has chosen a selection of lighthearted Strauss operettas, each focused on a different situation of love.

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Voice Program fits ‘Romeo & Juliet’ into an already packed schedule

On Saturday night, Chautauqua Institution’s arts programs will come together like never before. The Romeo & Juliet Project is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play and involves three pairs — representing dance, theater and voice — of Romeos and Juliets.

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West Foot Forward: Dumas joins festival dancers on Balanchine’s ‘Western Symphony’

Chelsea Dumas once dreamed of becoming a backup dancer for Beyonce Knowles. Although she will always hold on to that dream, Dumas’ aspirations have shifted slightly since discovering ballet.

Dumas joins students from the School of Music and the School of Dance in a showcase at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

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