Last week, and almost 700 miles away in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Brian Reagin practiced Mozart in a…
Citizenship found meaning again Thursday evening. It was discovered in the “everyone” who is an immigrant. Not the immigrant “them.”…
Millions of immigrants have traveled across an ocean to America. Chautauquans only have to head to the Amphitheater to hear their stories.
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.”
The music played Saturday evening in the Amphitheater will sound the spirit of Chautauqua: noble, steeped in tradition with a touch of the pastoral.
This marks the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013 Season. At 8:15 p.m., Christopher Seaman, back for a third year as a CSO guest conductor, will be joined by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Von Oeyen will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, commonly known as the “Emperor” concerto.
Three may be the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s magic number this summer.
The CSO 2013 season features three world premieres: The Romeo and Juliet Project, a collaborative extravaganza featuring Chautauqua’s best in dance, theater and voice; Laurence Roman’s “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra,” featuring Richard Sherman, CSO principal flutist; and Michael Colina’s “Three Dances for Cello and Orchestra,” in which Jaime Laredo will conduct cellist Sharon Robinson, his wife.
There are also three evenings of anniversary performances. This year marks the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten and Pyotr Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” as well as the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. CSO will honor each of these composers throughout the season.
“I don’t think John Williams has ever been into outer space; I don’t think he’s ever ridden horses in the desert like Indiana Jones; I don’t think he’s ever been to Jurassic Park,” said Richard Kaufman, guest conductor of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
“I think that John is an incredible dramatist,” he said, “and he understands what it is to tell a story.”
Tonight at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, the CSO will play a pops concert titled “Salute to John Williams: Celebrating the 80th Birthday of an American Treasure.” The concert will be guest conducted by Kaufman and feature CSO concertmaster Brian Reagin on violin.
The sound raised into the dying of the light. It showed the heart of the orchestra. It appeared at the edge, where things are precious and vulnerable, a smaller sound than expected.
“You can feel, while you’re on the podium, the pride from the audience to the orchestra,” said conductor Carl St.Clair, speaking about his 2005 debut with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. “The chemistry there with the orchestra and the audience was so visceral and incredible, because the audience is so knowledgeable.”