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Jim Walker and Free Flight bring the classics, jazz and blues to the Amp

Jim Walker and Free Flight bring the classics, jazz and blues to the Amp

Jim Walker has played the flute in more than 750 motion pictures. He spent eight years as the principal flutist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But, he enjoys himself most when he’s onstage with his golden Burkart flute, dazzling an audience alongside his band, Free Flight.

“Free Flight is still by far the most fun thing I ever did,” Walker said.

“You’ll see me smiling all night, because I truly love the music we play, and I love the connection we inevitably get with an audience.”

Tonight, Walker and Free Flight will take over the Amphitheater stage at 8:15 p.m. and delight the audience with a setlist that draws inspiration from classical works, jazz numbers and pop hits from the past 80 years.

Roots of Chautauqua: radical to see and to understand

Roots of Chautauqua: radical to see and to understand

It takes one to know one; that is truism. To see, one must understand; to understand, one must see: that is truth. Or is it French? Or is it radical?

“Too often, ‘radical’ has been taken to be someone who is left-wing or using extreme means to accomplish reform,” said Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian. “But it really means someone going to the root of the matter to solve a problem.”

Schmitz will present “Four Radicals at Chautauqua: Fr. Edward McGlynn on the Single Tax, Arabella B. Buckley on Modernism in Religion, John Dewey on Education, Arnold Schoenberg and Serialism.”

Part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series, the presentation is at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Weintraubs to hold release party for Chautauqua-recorded second album

Weintraubs to hold release party for Chautauqua-recorded second album

Jason and Nancy Weintraub had an earlier wedding than they planned. That was before they formed The Weintraub Duo, had two children and began to live in Chautauqua every summer, a family tradition that has continued 41 years — an anchor in their life.

After traveling for several years with Army field bands and then chasing teaching jobs from Kansas to Oklahoma, the couple began to maintain a constant: their summers at Chautauqua.

They recorded their first record in 2006, and their second, called “Gershwin and Romance,” will be available beginning today. A release party for the album will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the home of Ed and Pat Garland, 19 Palestine.

Ellington’s custom blues and jazz paint picture of 1930s in CTC’s ‘As You Like It’

Ellington’s custom blues and jazz paint picture of 1930s in CTC’s ‘As You Like It’

Emanating from the stage of Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It will be the melodies and tunes of 1930s blues and jazz.

Though the Bard himself wrote the lyrics to five of the six songs featured in Chautauqua Theater Company’s performance, sound designer and composer Justin Ellington custom-composed all the songs for this particular production, which the cast will perform live.

He also penned the lyrics to one of the songs written for the character Rosalind, played by operatically trained cast member Sepideh Moafi.