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Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

Working toward Perfection: Already a star, School of Music cellist Yip dedicating summer to getting even better

Megan Yip can be hard on herself. For one, she insists she sweats too much. After spending hours playing her cello, a thin layer of rosin builds up beneath the strings and her fingerprints leave a greasy glow on the fingerboard and neck. She hopes to keep her modern Italian cello, which she purchased three days before arriving at Chautauqua Institution, in pristine shape so she wipes off any grime after she plays.

CTC alumni make waves on Broadway

CTC alumni make waves on Broadway

Chautauqua Theater Company alums have been through a lot over the years — surviving the days spent in Bellinger Hall, making the arduous trek to the “Murder Bar” for libations and looking out for wild animals lurking on the grounds. Many have gone on to bigger things, quite literally — the Great White Way, for instance.

Wagner vs. Verdi: Composers’ sounds share more than meets the ear, Osgood says

Wagner vs. Verdi: Composers’ sounds share more than meets the ear, Osgood says

Richard Wagner did not write operas. He wrote, in his own words, “deeds of music made visible.”

His 1849 essay “The Artwork of the Future” changed the scope of opera by demanding more from the art form than just arias. Wagner called his new opera form “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or “total work of art,” which unified the opera’s musical, poetic, visual and dramatic elements.

Grab Bag: Chafetz, DeSare, CSO prepare diverse, patriotic repertoire for annual Independence Day celebration

Grab Bag: Chafetz, DeSare, CSO prepare diverse, patriotic repertoire for annual Independence Day celebration

Stuart Chafetz may be the only conductor who visits Sam’s Club once a year to buy 15,000 paper bags.

“[The cashiers] kind of look at me funny, like, ‘What’s this for? Boy, is this for camp?’ ” Chafetz said. “I just usually say, ‘Yeah, a lot of mouths to feed.’ We always have plenty of paper bags — the ushers hand you your program plus three paper bags.”