At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, Voice Program Chair Marlena Malas, Music School Festival Orchestra Music Director Timothy Muffitt and Stage Director John Giampietro will blend their disciplines and their expertise to present Chautauquans with one of the world’s most popular operas: La bohème.
At 4 p.m. today, Thursday Morning Brass and the Junior Guilders of Jamestown will perform together in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall in a program of singing and dancing.
The last time Kati Marton visited Chautauqua Institution was roughly seven months after the death of her husband, the former diplomat Richard Holbrooke. At the time, she was already writing the seeds of her memoirs, the Week Eight Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection Paris: A Love Story.
“I started keeping a journal right in the days after Richard’s death,” Marton said, “because that’s how I work things through, that’s how I process things — by writing them down. I guess that’s what writers do. And I didn’t know what would come of it.”
Uriel Segal hopes that no one throws rotten tomatoes or eggs at him tonight as he conducts Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. It’s been 13 years since Segal — who retired in 2007 as CSO music director, a position he held for 18 years — conducted the piece’s Chautauqua Institution premiere. No one threw rotten food last time, Segal said, but the history of the piece’s 1913 premiere in Paris — including some emotionally charged riots — has made The Rite of Spring infamous.
There is a way for Chautauquans to see the gardens of Paris without even boarding a plane. Maureen Bovet will present “Parks and Gardens of Paris” for the Bird, Tree & Garden Club Brown Bag lecture at 12:15 p.m. today at Smith Wilkes Hall.