Daily photographer Megan Tan documents the School of Music’s final week at Chautauqua.
The art galleries at Chautauqua have plenty of quality work on display, but if it’s out of your price range or you’re looking for a different type of art, head to The Gallery Store in Strohl Art Center.
It’s 10 a.m. on a sunny Monday, and Chautauqua Lake is spotted with tiny sailboats. Freshly launched from the waterfront of the John R. Turney Sailing Center, white-sailed Optimist Dinghies and multicolored Sunfish float a few hundred feet down the water from each other.
No, these aren’t professional sailors by any means — they’re kids.
While Thursday’s morning lecturer John Stropki spoke on globalization in regard to manufacturing, Friday’s speaker Fred Bergsten commented that manufacturing only makes up 10 percent of the U.S. economy. The real topic to Bergsten — and the one he spoke on — is the service industry, which makes up 80 percent.
In today’s economic climate, success stories in the business world range from creative geniuses thinking up that perfect invention to investors funding that risky venture.
John Stropki’s story is more traditional than that.
As the School of Music Voice Program celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Crucible’s premiere with its second performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Fletcher Music Hall, there is one Chautauquan who will know the opera more than most.
Spiro Malas, husband of voice chair Marlena Malas, was in the very first production of The Crucible when it debuted with the New York City Opera in 1961. He had a small part as the character Francis Nurse, but he said he went to every rehearsal, even when he didn’t have to sing.
Richard Sherman, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s principal flute, said he’s performed some of his best concertos here.
“These are people that I’ve known, many of them, for as long as I’ve been coming here,” he said. “There’s a comfort factor; there’s a friendship factor; there’s a trust factor that enables me to feel that I know that they’re going to be supportive and they’re going to be right with me.”
Call it an “American” or “pops” program, but the real theme of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s delightful “Community Concert” Tuesday night at the Amphitheater was collaboration.
Between the CSO itself, guest conductor-pianist Stuart Malina, the large crowd, and the 50-plus amateur musicians from the community who accepted the invitation to share the stage, the event was more about music’s power to bring people together than any particular genre or branch of the repertoire.
“John Proctor’s the devil’s man, devil’s man,” proclaimed the Rev. Samuel Parris. “John Proctor’s the devil’s man. Beware! Beware!”
In 1961, Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” was adapted for opera by composer Robert Ward. In a puritanical Salem, Mass., family drama becomes hysteria when neighbors accuse one another of witchcraft.
This is about the culture that Chautauqua makes.
Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution most often shows the culture of others in its galleries — collections of work on themes selected by the curators, from other institutions or by artists selected for the annual national invitational.