Anyone expecting fireworks at Friday’s dialogue meeting on the Amphitheater project may have left the session disappointed. What had seemed to many as a potential showdown turned into a frank but civil give-and-take between Institution President Tom Becker, other panelists and an engaged community audience. The subject was historic preservation in the context of the Amp.
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.
At 4 p.m. today in Lenna Hall, Thursday Morning Brass will guide the audience through an afternoon of musical whimsy as they play everything from ragtime hits to tunes from famous Broadway shows.
The Chautauqua Community Band will put on its portion of today’s Old First Night celebration at 12:15 p.m. today on Bestor Plaza, or in the Amphitheater if weather is an issue.
The Chautauqua Community Band only plays two shows a year: July Fourth and the annual Old First Night celebration. Founded in 1990 by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra veteran Jason Weintraub, the band may not pack the sophisticated punch of the CSO, but it’s the ensemble’s musical whimsy that so many enjoy.
Since he founded the Chautauqua Community Band in 1990, Jason Weintraub has been carrying the banner for the group he looks forward to leading every summer. Thanks to the generosity of former Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra flutist Kay Logan and CSO percussionist Brian Kushmaul, he’s now got a drum to beat as well.
The Chautauqua Community Band, under the baton of Jason Weintraub, performs its annual lunchtime Old First Night concert Tuesday afternoon on Bestor Plaza. [SLIDESHOW]
Before the night’s fireworks and festivities, Jason Weintraub invites all Chautauquans to join him and the Chautauqua Community Band for their 23rd annual Independence Day Concert.
The Chautauqua Community Band will reunite for the second time this summer to play the annual Old First Night concert at 12:15 p.m. today on Bestor Plaza.
The band is made up of members of the Chautauqua community, its surrounding neighborhoods and students from the Music School Festival Orchestra.
The Fourth of July concert featured patriotic tunes, and today’s concert will have a similar American bandstand feel. The band will play a handful of Sousa marches, a South Pacific medley and an Old First Night medley, among others.
Red, white and blue will be the colors of choice today, but at 12:15 p.m. on Bestor Plaza, a particular shade of light blue will stand out.
The Chautauqua Community Band, all donning light blue Community Band shirts, will come together to play the 22nd Annual Independence Day concert.
Bestor Plaza will be covered with blankets and lawn chairs, packed with families enjoying a Fourth of July picnic lunch. The audience will watch family, friends and neighbors participate in the Children’s School parade, followed by the Community Band’s concert. The concert is a mix of familiar, Americana classics and traditional sing-alongs.