Jack Voelker wipes the dirt off his hands onto his already dirt-stained jeans. He cleans his glasses with his black Buffalo Beer Week T-shirt and thrusts those same soiled hands into his frayed pockets. Leaning back, he looks up at his hundreds of healthy hop bines stretching toward the sky. He removes his white Chautauqua tennis hat and takes a hand out of his pocket to comb back his hair.
Dozens gather around in a circle, waiting for word from on high. It’s not the Sermon on the Mount — it’s Bryant Day.
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.
The 2014 Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra season is officially one of 86 in the history books.
Medical research is at an inflection point, Keith Yamamoto said in his 10:45 a.m. morning lecture on Monday in the Amphitheater. But with strategic moves in data aggregation and collaboration between disciplines and sectors, medical researchers can revolutionize health care through what he called “precision medicine.”
Online employment sites often suggest that last impressions make the best impressions, at least for job seekers who are last in a series of interviews for an open position. If that is true, the Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico has an inside track among the field of eight vying to grab the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s vacant music director position.
They sing, they dance, and Chautauquans already know they act. Tonight’s Bratton Late Night Cabaret will open the stage to Chautauqua Theater Company’s (CTC) band of triple threats.
When Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi was a boy, he “was seen as somebody that would do something in the future.” This meant that he was one of three children chosen to meet the Dalai Lama in 1974, the beginning of a mentorship and friendship between Negi and His Holiness.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, Neubauer will perform the Chautauqua premiere of renowned American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Christof Perick.
When a conductor demonstrates historical knowledge by adjusting the scope of expression to accommodate the composer’s — what a different kind of conductor might call restraint — the audience is in for a treat and an education.