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Weekly Conversation with Michael Hill and Candy Maxwell

Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill and Board of Trustees Chair Candy Maxwell will hold the third of nine weekly community webinars at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, on the Virtual Porch. Log in to CHQ Assembly to register for the webinar. Thursday’s session invites Chautauquans to share their observations on and aspirations for CHQ Assembly. Maxwell and Hill will respond to questions submitted during this Virtual Porch event.

Recitals with Rossen featuring Natasha Paremeski

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov hosts a Recitals with Rossen Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform. This week, Milanov is joined by pianist Natasha Paremeski, who is a regular return guest of many major orchestras including Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Grant Park Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has performed every year since 2008.

Authors’ Hour

Chautauqua authors will read from their work 12:15 p.m. EDT every Thursday on Zoom during Weeks One through Nine. Find more information at Direct any questions to Week Three’s authors are Susan Nusbaum (poetry), author of Alive in This Place, and Phil Terman (poetry), author of This Crazy Devotion.

Violin Master Class

The first School of Music violin masterclass will take place at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The masterclass will be led by Almita Vamos, violin professor at the Music Institute of Chicago and six-time winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Piano Master Class

The second School of Music piano master class will take place at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch. The master class will be led by Alexander Gavrylyuk, pianist and Heintzelman Family Artistic Adviser of the School of Music’s Piano Program.

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Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.