In all the traditional arts, there may be no greater a misnomer today than the accepted designation that classical music is tranquil — that it is suitable stuff for relaxation and the background. Anyone who has listened to a Beethoven symphony, Verdi opera or Stravinsky ballet on earphones certainly knows that isn’t the case. Classical music is the realm of drama, of tremendous contrast, of tension and release.
Guest conductor Grant Cooper and cellist Julie Albers have worked together many times before but never have played together with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Join them in a concert featuring Edward Elgar’s cello concerto and Brahms’ fourth symphony at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater.
Cooper said Albers is a real joy to work with and loves music deeply, which makes her a compelling presence onstage.