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Mac, Jolie and Tom McShane. Photo by Lauren Rock.

In Chautauqua, pair of rising stars find a place to find themselves

“There is just something about Chautauqua at 6 a.m. that cannot be described,” said Mac McShane, 16-year-old circulation manager of The Chautauquan Daily. “My route is my way to relax. It’s just me, the cool morning air, and a list of houses.”

The kid everyone calls Mac spends his summers working at the Daily, along with waiting tables at Intermezzo at Chautauqua.

En route, he delivers the paper on his scooter to people all throughout the grounds, including to Institution President Tom Becker.

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Breakfast in Chautauqua: Hodgson closes 2012 entertainment in Amp with Supertramp favorites

The moment I got it into my hands, my life changed forever,” said Roger Hodgson, legendary musician and songwriter, about the guitar his father gave to him.

Hodgson, formerly of the progressive rock band Supertramp, will rock the grounds 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening in the Amphitheater.

Hailing from Portsmouth, England, Hodgson was 12-years-old at the time his parents got divorced and he received that bittersweet parting gift.

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CLSC Young Readers program saves ‘The Greatest’ for last

Did you know that three days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln had a dream about his death?

Or that Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln was present at four presidential assassinations?

Those interesting tidbits and more are in the ninth and final book for this season’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle’s Young Readers Program. Award-winning documentarian and historian Rick Beyer’s The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told is filled with facts that will prove valuable in your next trivial pursuit.

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Tim Bartlett, 16, from Cassadaga, N.Y., plays drums at rehearsal. Bartlett also plays guitar. Photo by Adam Birkan.

Music Camp students cap off intense week with performances today, Saturday

You hear the gators snapping,” said band conductor Terry Bacon about “Alligator Alley,” which is one of several pieces the Chautauqua Music Camp will play this weekend.

The band and orchestra camps will perform 12 p.m. Saturday at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The jazz camp members will perform 2 p.m. today in Fletcher Music Hall. The camp features students in middle school and high school.

“It has staged percussion in various sections of the hall,” said clarinet coach Debbie Grohman. “It’s like alligators come out of the swamp.”

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Touchstone Trio. Submitted photo.

Touchstone Trio sounds out ‘Day at Chautauqua’

What does Chautauqua sound like?

The Touchstone Trio, featuring clarinetist Debbie Grohman, pianist Willie La Favor, and flutist Rita George Simmons, present a program titled “Morning, Noon, and Night: A Day at Chautauqua” at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

The program includes pieces from composers Fauré, DeBussy, Karel Husa and Howard J. Buss.

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Young Readers learn quintessential tale of morality in Harper Lee’s 50-year-old classic

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read,” Scout said in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. “One does not love breathing.”

That riveting coming-of-age tale continues to breathe life into youth, as it is this season’s classic selection for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Young Readers Program.

And Chautauqua Boys’ and Girls’ Club instructor Anna Ertenberg will engage young readers in a discussion at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Garden Room.

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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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Recital features ‘beast of an instrument’ double bass

Standing as one of the tallest instruments in music, the 6-foot double bass still knows how to get low — in pitch.

Distinguished bassist Curtis Burris, the School of Music’s strings chair, leads the Music School Festival Orchestra’s bass section in its student recital from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in McKnight Hall.

“They’re the basis of the orchestra,” Burris said about his seven bassists. “They’re the foundation.”

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