At 4 p.m. today, Thursday Morning Brass and the Junior Guilders of Jamestown will perform together in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in a program of singing and dancing.
Most of the time, conductor Jaime Laredo lets cellist Sharon Robinson decide how the music she plays will sound.
“I better, or else I get it,” Laredo said with a laugh.
Klezmer music, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, was in David Krakauer’s blood. He just didn’t know that until his late 20s.
“Through a series of chance meetings and coincidences, I got into klezmer music,” Krakauer said. “I was a totally assimilated American. None of [my grandparents] spoke Yiddish in front of me, [but] I knew that obviously we didn’t just jump out of an episode of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ on TV.”
Harvey Fineberg thinks the Affordable Care Act is a significant step in the right direction of health care reform, but he feels it doesn’t do enough to address the need for better care at an affordable cost.
Fineberg serves as president of the Institute of Medicine, an independent organization that provides unbiased advice on issues in biomedical science, medicine and health. He will speak at today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater on three issues he feels the United States must address to create a “culture of health.”
Markand Thakar transcends his sense of self when he conducts a piece of music.
“The process of making music, for me personally, actually transcends the emotion [of the music],” Thakar said. “It’s not about joy — there’s something that goes even further. I absorb the sounds, if they come to me in the right way and I’m open to them. … They wash over me. I take them in [and] I lose myself in the sounds — I lose that sense of distinction between me and the sounds. In that conscious act, I become the sounds.”
Pianist Roberto Plano looks for something beyond perfection when he plays music.
He believes that every musician must strive to balance technical mastery with musical expression. A musician who is technically perfect but doesn’t have an artistic message is less musical than a musician who can play with emotion and vitality despite his or her mistakes, he said.
At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Chautauquans will see the world through the eyes of foreign affairs columnist David Rohde and Nedim Şener, the man who dared to accuse Turkish police of assassinating a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.
Şener is a Turkish investigative reporter. His work has won him the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award — and also prompted authorities to throw him in jail for “collaborating” with Ergenekon, a network of alleged terrorists in Turkey. He currently awaits trial for criminal activities tied to terrorism.
When people tell Richard Kaufman they want to be a film composer, he wants to know their favorite film score. Then he wants to know their favorite film score from the 1930s and 1940s, “the era of the greatest film composers who ever lived.”
Kaufman said the early years of film scoring was an era of the greats. Understanding where film scores come from and what they can do is vital for anyone hoping to write their own score.
When violinist David Southorn first came to Chautauqua Institution during the 2009 Season, he saw a string quartet perform in the Logan Chamber Music Series and hoped to perform in the same venue with his own string quartet one day.
Four years later, he returns to the grounds with violinist Katie Hyun, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin and cellist Mihai Marica. The four musicians make up the Amphion String Quartet, which will perform at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
At 12:15 p.m. Sunday during the Crafts Alliance craft show on Bestor Plaza, the players of the Thursday Morning Brass will perform in front of the Colonnade. Their mission is to raise money for a scholarship fund that helps students in the Music School Festival Orchestra.