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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerGuest conductor Markand Thakar leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra through its performance Saturday evening in the Amphitheater.

Thakar expertly guides CSO, Reagin through mix of outgoing, contemplative pieces

Saturday night, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presented an exceptional lineup when they paired an introverted canonic jewel with two extroverted works from the 20th century. Audience members were treated to a well-designed program that gave the CSO an opportunity to display their stylistic expertise in both Manuel de Falla’s and Dmitri Kabalevsky’s boisterous works and Schumann’s gentle symphony.

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Guest violinist Tasmin Little (pictured) and conductor Josep  join the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for its Thursday evening performance in the Amphitheater. (1)

Review — A sonic hope: Domenech, Little, CSO present ‘a night for the heart’

The horrors had begun. The “Night of Broken Glass” was Nov. 9, 1938. It was the beginning of the “Final Solution.”

In the spring of 1939, English composer and pianist Benjamin Britten traveled to Canada and then to the United States, where he remained for three years. He came up with the idea for a concerto for violin and orchestra — it was to be his Opus 15, completed that year, premiered the next and modified by the composer throughout the next two decades.

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Israelievitch master class gives students another perspective on performances

Jacques Israelievitch, strings chair in Chautauqua Music Festival’s Instrumental Program, will host a violin master class at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall. Five students will each play one piece and he will critique their performances. Israelievitch said he hopes to open a dialogue between himself and the students so that they can have a new perspective on the pieces.

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Kaler lets violin speak for itself

“Summer is a wonderful time to recuperate and to reboot my system,” said Ilya Kaler, a well-traveled and well-versed violinist. “And Chautauqua is the ideal location for that.”

A man who spends his summers on the grounds, and with his wife in the orchestra, Kaler considers Chautauqua to be his second home.

But all rest and no work makes Kaler restless, so he will again teach a violin master class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.

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Violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianist Kanae Matsumoto rehearse together in Studio 17. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Jacques and Kanae: When the mind and heart meet

Jacques Israelievitch revels in deciphering the notes less-played. Kanae Matsumoto loves to give spirit to the notes she plays. Together, they revitalize classics.

In a dedication to rarely performed classical pieces, violinist Israelievitch and pianist Matsumoto will host a recital at 4:30 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall.

One of the last times the two appeared on stage, they played all 10 Beethoven sonatas in one day. It took six hours.

“We came out fairly unscathed,” Israelievitch said. “So, when we finished the last sonata, I felt like we could start all over again.”

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Guest conductor Andrew Litton leads the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra through Capriccio Italien, Op. 45, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky Tuesday evening in the Amphitheater. Photo by Eric Shea.

Guest violinist Meyers and ‘Molly’ join Litton, CSO for evening of Mendelssohn, Mahler

At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, Anne Akiko Meyers will cut to the heart of Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra followed by Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (Titan), led by guest conductor Andrew Litton.

The concert is a tribute to Emile Simonel, a CSO violist for 45 years, who died in March. Simonel also worked as the CSO’s orchestra manager for a time.

It is both Litton and Meyers’ first time visiting Chautauqua. The two are close friends and colleagues, who recorded the Mendelssohn concerto together 10 years ago. They have been collaborating since they met working for the Swedish Radio Orchestra when Meyers was 18.

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In guest teaching violin students, Vamos offers respectful critiques

Repertoire and technique go together like violin maestros Almita Vamos and Jacques Israelievitch. You cannot have one without the other.

“Some teachers go left and some go right; we go along the same straight line,” Vamos said about her and Israelievitch’s similar approaches to music. “I studied with Louis Persinger, and he studied with Josef Gingold. And they both studied with Eugene Ysaye, so we have a similar background.”

Vamos will instruct Israelievitch’s students in her violin master class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.

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2011 SAI Competition winner Park headlines second MSFO concert

Practice makes perfect, but only if you are committed to it.

“I didn’t like it because it was a chore,” violinist Laura Park said.

During the transition from eighth to ninth grade, Park found herself disconnecting from the instrument she had held since she was 5.

Though Park would practice violin for five hours a day, she often entertained daydreams about a different practice.

“I would say, ‘Oh mom, I want to be a lawyer,’ ” she said. “But then I found out about performing with an orchestra on stage as a soloist. Doing that — I never had as much fun ever in my life.”

Now, Park will be the main focus from 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. She will take the stage with the Music School Festival Orchestra, led by conductor, mentor and friend Timothy Muffitt.

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