Posts Tagged 'classical music'

Through scholarships to arts students, Falks help keep music in the mix

Through scholarships to arts students, Falks help keep music in the mix

It’s no secret — though the outside world may think classical music is dying, those on the grounds know it is alive and well at Chautauqua.

The Falk family certainly believes so. Each year, the Falk Scholarship Fund supports one of the many students studying the arts at Chautauqua. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Amy Pikler, a violist in the School of Music.

“I had heard about the program through other people who have gone here,” she said. “I was looking for a program that provided merit scholarships for music study, and Chautauqua offered that.”

Irreverent reverence from classical comedy duo tonight in the Amp

Irreverent reverence from classical comedy duo tonight in the Amp

“Do you know Pisa?” asked violinist Aleksey Igudesman. “There’s the Leaning Tower. The funny thing is, not just the tower is leaning in Pisa. Even the stage we were on, in a beautiful theater — it was leaning so much I had vertigo, because I thought I was going to fall down.”

“I have walked on some stages and been very frightened, yes,” agreed Hyung-ki Joo, pianist and the other half of the classical music comedy duo performing their show, “A Little Nightmare Music,” at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.

“I’ve been frightened of the stage, because it swooped down into this black pit,” Joo said, making arm motions as if to keep himself from falling.

It is easy not to have stage fright doing what they do, because what they do is unique, hilarious, smart and offers the revelation that comedy, classical music, popular culture and celebrity make a surprising and fantastic mix.