Sitting in the second row of the near-capacity house was a young woman wearing a blue T-shirt with the sign of the horns (the gesture the cartoon characters Beavis and Butt-head were known for) and the legend “You Rachmaninoff.”
Conducting has always been Elizabeth Schulze’s destiny.
She comes from a family of classical musicians. When she was very young, her mother gave her The Modern Conductor, a book on conducting by Elizabeth Green. She graduated Interlochen Arts Academy with honors and studied under conductor Thor Johnson, with whom she would chat during lunch about score analysis.
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.