Online employment sites often suggest that last impressions make the best impressions, at least for job seekers who are last in a series of interviews for an open position. If that is true, the Israeli-American conductor Daniel Boico has an inside track among the field of eight vying to grab the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s vacant music director position.
For Tuesday evening’s Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concert, conductor Sarah Ioannides chose works defined by extremely varied rhythmic structures — urgently forceful in Gershwin, throbbing and shifting-repetitive in Piazzolla, supple and pliant for Debussy and subtly tricky in Dukas.
Ioannides, making her Chautauqua debut, boasts a remarkable background. Born in Australia, she grew up in England where she began her musical training at Oxford University and the prestigious Guildhall School. She soon received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Otto-Werner Mueller both at the Curtis Institute of Music and at The Juilliard School, eventually becoming his assistant conductor. Her many awards include those from the Bruno Walter Foundation and the JoAnn Falletta Award for most promising female conductor.
Sasha Janes and Rebecca Carmazzi’s performance on the Amphitheater stage tonight could very well be their last.
The couple’s appearance with North Carolina Dance Theatre in residence with Chautauqua Dance and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. in the Amp will be their farewell performance as dancers, said NCDT artistic director John-Pierre Bonnefoux.
“The chances of (Carmazzi) and me dancing together on a Chautauqua stage again might be slim,” Janes said. But “never say never, right?”
Janes, who is an associate artistic director of NCDT, and Carmazzi will perform “Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa,” which roughly translates to “leave the thorn, take the rose.” The pas de deux, which was created in 2006, is the first ballet Janes choreographed.