Cellist Megan Yip made her Chautauqua Institution debut on June 30 as a highlight of NPR’s “From the Top.” Now, she’s premiering on a smaller stage with a piece she’s been itching to perform — Chopin’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano.”
Arie Lipsky describes organizing the chamber music phase that School of Music students participate in as piecing together a 1,000-piece puzzle.
The Music School Festival Orchestra has a reputation for transforming the Amphitheater into a classical music powerhouse. An army of 70 musicians made up of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion take charge Monday evenings with sounds that dazzle audiences.
For three weeks, instrumental and piano students in the School of Music have been performing in the Music School Festival Orchestra, giving student recitals and attending guest and master classes. Today will kick off the first recital in the first phase of the chamber music series. Five student chamber groups will perform at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
Wild and unbridled, the clarinet is an instrument not easily controlled by its master.
But Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr will show the ways to reining in the unruly woodwind as she prepares students for chamber music recitals. She will also hold a clarinet master class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
“She has an incredible passion for the clarinet,” said Richard Sherman, wind and brass chair.
Entering the 2012 chamber music recital series’ second phase, Oliver Dow, School of Music managing director, looks to do something that has not been done during his 17 years at Chautauqua.
The experimental second phase, which starts with a doubleheader from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Fletcher Music Hall, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McKnight Hall, lasts for eight days.
In previous years, the School of Music’s seven-week season was broken down to four weeks of the Music School Festival Orchestra, two chamber music weeks, and one orchestral week. Now, MSFO goes for four weeks, eight days for chamber music, and two orchestral weeks.