Posts Tagged '2011 Week Seven'

No such thing as ‘typical day’ for Opera Company music staff

No such thing as ‘typical day’ for Opera Company music staff

Chautauqua Opera patrons are well aware of what occurs onstage during a performance. They see the singers in costume and makeup and the lights and the set, and they hear the sounds of the orchestra.

What the average audience member rarely sees, however, are the tedious hours of coaching, training, rehearsals, blood, sweat and tears that preceded them.

Love’s labors on behalf of things lost

Love’s labors on behalf of things lost

“This is my domain,” Stephanie Holt says, beaming and spreading her arms as expansively as is possible in a 160-square-foot room crammed with thousands of items lost and so far unclaimed by Chautauquans and visitors.

“I love this job. It’s my passion.”

Into the wind

Into the wind

It’s 10 a.m. on a sunny Monday, and Chautauqua Lake is spotted with tiny sailboats. Freshly launched from the waterfront of the John R. Turney Sailing Center, white-sailed Optimist Dinghies and multicolored Sunfish float a few hundred feet down the water from each other.

No, these aren’t professional sailors by any means — they’re kids.

Ondicova, Sun win piano competition

Ondicova, Sun win piano competition

After three intense rounds in the Chautauqua School of Music Piano Competition, and almost an hour of deliberation after the final round on Saturday, the winners of Chautauqua’s largest music competition have been announced.

Magdalena Ondicova, a 25-year-old pianist from Slovakia, is the recipient of the competition’s grand prize of $7,500.