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Chafetz leads CSO, Apprentice Artists in second water-themed collaboration

Chafetz leads CSO, Apprentice Artists in second water-themed collaboration

“Two sticks down to one, I say,” said Stuart Chafetz, principal timpanist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, he will set down his mallets and pick up his baton to conduct the Opera Young Artists Pops Concert with the CSO at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

It has been a busy week for Chafetz. Between racing to CSO rehearsal in the morning, to opera rehearsal in the afternoon, and then back to the Amp for CSO concerts in the evening, he barely has time to breathe. But Chafetz does not let it show.

Opera Young Artists conclude ‘Artsongs in the Afternoon’ series

Opera Young Artists conclude ‘Artsongs in the Afternoon’ series

This afternoon’s art song recital marks the beginning of the last hoorah for Chautauqua Opera Company’s studio artists, starting a string of four performances in three days. The last installment in the “Artsongs in the Afternoon” series, bass-baritone Brad Walker, tenor Jesse Darden and mezzo-soprano Ellen PutneyMoore will perform at 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ.

Those singers have the unique position of having observed every other recital in this series, so they have the greatest opportunity to employ lessons learned from watching their colleagues.

Opera Young Artists fill the huge space of the Amp as Osgood leads CSO with high energy, family spirit

Opera Young Artists fill the huge space of the Amp as Osgood leads CSO with high energy, family spirit

All who were in the Amphitheater Saturday evening know that we will hear these voices again — on another stage. But the hope that night, shared around, was far more venial — namely, that we’d hear just a little more right then and there, for the night was yet young and music that special.

But no avail.

We’d been given a powerful wrap-up of eight lead voices and 18 from the corps against the full Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra — all unamplified. That was, we’ll acknowledge, huge. It was from the sextet added to Act 2, or sometimes to Act 3, of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, but crowded here into eight voices, plus the corps. And that spells big sound.

Opera Young Artists prepare evening of water-based highlights

Opera Young Artists prepare evening of water-based highlights

When Tom Becker and Marty Merkley encouraged Carol Rausch to weave Chautauqua’s weekly themes into Chautauqua Opera Company’s programming, one possibility stood out above the rest.

“ ‘Water Matters’ was an easy one to chime in on,” said Rausch, music administrator of Chautauqua Opera. “There is tons of repertoire about water. We could do this theme for another three to five years and not run out of material.”

At 8:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the Amphitheater hosts the annual Opera Highlights concert, titled “Water Matters — Operatically (H2Opera),” a hodgepodge of operatic favorites performed by Chautauqua Opera’s apprentice artists and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. The program includes selections from shipwrecked islands, arias sung by water sprites and songs about the sea. It preludes the “Water Matters” morning lecture platform.

Opera Young Artists open Artsongs season with love theme

Opera Young Artists open Artsongs season with love theme

At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, three studio artists from Chautauqua Opera Company will trade their boisterous, operatic stage presences for more intimate personas. The “Artsongs” series opens with a love-themed recital.

“Love is what music is all about,” said soprano Amber Garrett, soloist in today’s recital. “No matter what’s happening, love or hate, you loved something or somebody that caused that emotion.”

Today’s recital will be the first of six weekly programs, each featuring three singers who are at Chautauqua to sing in the featured operas, Lucia di Lammermoor and Manon Lescaut.