Posts Tagged 'Leah Rankin'

Two School of Music violinists perform with Cleveland Orchestra

Two School of Music violinists perform with Cleveland Orchestra

The benefits of an establishment like the Chautauqua School of Music are not always immediate, but this year, two students already have made names for themselves after leaving the music campus a week early to compete in the first ever Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition.

Violin students Alexandra Switala, 17, and Laura Park, 17, placed second and third, respectively, in the competition during its final round Aug. 19. The competition, which was held at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, awarded Switala $6,000 and Park $3,000. Both students also received full-ride scholarships to the Oberlin Conservatory after performing their concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall on Aug. 19.

The doctor is in

The doctor is in

“Can you hold the phone a sec?” Bill Cosby asked for the second time during our phone interview.

The line went silent.

Now, a reporter is supposed to be many things — professional, inquisitive, composed — but when I heard the phone click, I got out of my chair and bounced around the room, waving my hands and mouthing the words, “Oh my god, Oh my god! That’s Bill Cosby’s voice coming out of my phone!”

Fralick, Potter perform Fletcher voice recital

Fralick, Potter perform Fletcher voice recital

Music of the great classical composers will fill the School of Music campus one last time this week with a free voice recital at 4 p.m. today at Fletcher Music Hall.

Tenor JR Fralick, professor of voice at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, has put together a concert of songs and arias by composers such as Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Francis Poulenc.

Chautauqua Music Camps end week with student concerts

Chautauqua Music Camps end week with student concerts

The Chautauqua School of Music campus looks a lot different this week. As the last of the Music School Festival Orchestra students pack up their belongings and disperse to various colleges across the country, they are replaced this week by musical miniatures.

Middle school and high school instrumentalists now fill the practice rooms and concert halls with small-scale cellos, brazen trumpets and pre-teen flutists congregated around folding music stands, competing to see who can hold a note the longest.

The Chautauqua Music Camps have invaded the School of Music with more than 90 young students to participate in the Middle School Band Camp, the Jazz Camp and the Orchestra Camp for string players. The camp now is in its 13th year and always occurs during Week Eight of the festival season.

Grohman to play ‘thank you’ recital

Grohman to play ‘thank you’ recital

Debbie Grohman is a fifth-generation Chautauquan who comes to the Institution every year for artistic and spiritual fulfillment. But it wasn’t until last year, when she had a bicycle accident, that she realized that Chautauqua also can be a place of healing.

Grohman, her husband, Willie LaFavor, and their son Andrew will perform a recital at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in part to show their appreciation to the Chautauqua community for its support as Grohman spent months in physical therapy trying to regain the strength to play her clarinet.

Abrahamson lectures on creative solutions

Abrahamson lectures on creative solutions

In a political world of black and white, Joan Abrahamson lives in the gray.

As the founder of the Jefferson Institute and former assistant chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush, Abrahamson looks not to elected officials to transform public policy but to creative thinkers who live and breathe the issues at hand.