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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.

Malas recalls debut of ‘The Crucible’ as an opera

Malas recalls debut of ‘The Crucible’ as an opera

As the School of Music Voice Program celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Crucible’s premiere with its second performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Fletcher Music Hall, there is one Chautauquan who will know the opera more than most.

Spiro Malas, husband of voice chair Marlena Malas, was in the very first production of The Crucible when it debuted with the New York City Opera in 1961. He had a small part as the character Francis Nurse, but he said he went to every rehearsal, even when he didn’t have to sing.

The triumph of the human spirit

The triumph of the human spirit

Richard Sherman, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s principal flute, said he’s performed some of his best concertos here.

“These are people that I’ve known, many of them, for as long as I’ve been coming here,” he said. “There’s a comfort factor; there’s a friendship factor; there’s a trust factor that enables me to feel that I know that they’re going to be supportive and they’re going to be right with me.”

A night of music bringing Chautauquans together

A night of music bringing Chautauquans together

Call it an “American” or “pops” program, but the real theme of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s delightful “Community Concert” Tuesday night at the Amphitheater was collaboration.

Between the CSO itself, guest conductor-pianist Stuart Malina, the large crowd, and the 50-plus amateur musicians from the community who accepted the invitation to share the stage, the event was more about music’s power to bring people together than any particular genre or branch of the repertoire.