The Logan Chamber Music Series will feature its second of two in-house Chautauquan groups at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as the Chautauqua Wind Quintet performs a program titled “Mozartiana: A Midsummer concert with the Chautauqua Chamber Winds.”
If the thought of sounds akin to a blend of Motörhead and Mozart bouncing around Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall piques your interest, soprano saxophonist Dan Graser is ready and waiting.
One of the focal points of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra program this summer is an increased attempt to balance contemporary performances with presentations of familiar, classic works.
During her 21 years with the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, Virginia, violist Evelyn Grau has heard a great deal about Chautauqua’s musical reputation, but has never had the chance to perform here.
At 4 p.m. today, Thursday Morning Brass and the Junior Guilders of Jamestown will perform together in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in a program of singing and dancing.
Klezmer music, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, was in David Krakauer’s blood. He just didn’t know that until his late 20s.
“Through a series of chance meetings and coincidences, I got into klezmer music,” Krakauer said. “I was a totally assimilated American. None of [my grandparents] spoke Yiddish in front of me, [but] I knew that obviously we didn’t just jump out of an episode of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ on TV.”
Part of the excitement of hosting the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is that after the performance, all of the kids in the audience try their hardest to relevé and pirouette. Holding tight onto a parent’s hand for support — each hoping, even if just for one night, to be the next prima ballerina.
Closing this season’s Family Entertainment Series, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet from Jamestown, N.Y., will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. This marks the ballet company’s eighth performance at Chautauqua Institution.
“I just think it’s a beautiful art form — dance, ballet,” said Monika Alch, CRYB artistic director. “I think that everybody can enjoy it if they understand ballet, or [if] they don’t.”
When violinist David Southorn first came to Chautauqua Institution during the 2009 Season, he saw a string quartet perform in the Logan Chamber Music Series and hoped to perform in the same venue with his own string quartet one day.
Four years later, he returns to the grounds with violinist Katie Hyun, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin and cellist Mihai Marica. The four musicians make up the Amphion String Quartet, which will perform at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.
Nobody asked Milana Strezeva, a renowned Moldovan-American pianist, if she wanted to learn to play piano. Her parents invited a music teacher to look at Strezeva’s hands and her fate was pronounced: She had very good hands for the instrument.
Lessons began at age 6, and by 11, Strezeva was accompanying her father, a clarinetist, and her mother, a soprano vocalist, in concert. This was her first chamber music ensemble. Luckily, Strezeva turned out to love chamber music.
The Chautauqua Chamber Winds will show audiences this afternoon just how romantic and heroic wind instruments can be.