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From the President: Column by Thomas M. Becker

From the President: Column by Thomas M. Becker

This time of the season has a bittersweet quality. Our schools of the fine and performing arts and some of our professional arts ensembles are performing for the last time during the upcoming week. Throughout the season we have witnessed the many gifts of these companies. In particular, we have seen the arc of development of the festival dancers, the Music School Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua Theater Company, to cite only those featured in the next few days.

Saturday evening you can enjoy Shakespeare’s As You Like It at Bratton Theater at 6 p.m. and move swiftly on to the Amphitheater for the North Carolina Dance Theatre, our resident professional dance company, accompanied by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Grant Cooper, a newly minted American citizen.

It feels somewhat seamless to think of leaving the Forest of Arden within Bratton Theater for a stroll through Bestor Plaza to the Amphitheater, having just heard that in such a place we must find “tongues in tress, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything.”

Trio’s final performance showcases Beethoven, Brahms

Trio’s final performance showcases Beethoven, Brahms

The New Arts Trio will expose a ghost during its closing performance at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The final program for the season features trios from Beethoven and Brahms.

The scores are also on the New Arts Trio’s past CD, recorded in Chautauqua and which will be available at the faculty artist recital, featuring the trio’s founder and pianist Rebecca Penneys, cellist Arie Lipsky and violinist Jacques Israelievitch.

Teacher, her 3 prized students to perform ‘2 Pianos, 8 Hands’

Teacher, her 3 prized students to perform ‘2 Pianos, 8 Hands’

“It helps that we all went to school together,” said piano maestro John Milbauer.

“I didn’t go to school with you,” said piano chair Rebecca Penneys. “I was your teacher.”

Penneys joins her prized pupils Milbauer, Nicola Melville, and Omri Shimron in the annual “2 Pianos, 8 Hands Extravaganza” on full display at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall.

New Arts Trio unwinds via timeless music

New Arts Trio unwinds via timeless music

“Beauty … and the beast,” violinist Jacques Israelievitch said, pointing to his instrument, and then to his fellow ensemble mate, cellist Arie Lipsky. Rebecca Penneys, pianist, smiled in the background as all three unwound before their morning rehearsal.

The New Arts Trio, featuring Israelievitch, Lipsky and Penneys, will perform in the faculty chamber concert from 4–5:30 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The self-described low-budget orchestra will play Beethoven’s Piano Trio, Op. 70 No. 2, and Schubert’s Piano Trio, Op. 99.

“It’s very juicy music,” Israelievitch said. “Especially with Schubert, you go on a journey. As you take your time, the audience should feel like they are in an oasis of beauty. And they can forget about everything else for about 40 minutes.”

New Arts Trio rejuvenates with Mozart

New Arts Trio rejuvenates with Mozart

A fractured right knee does not keep Rebecca Penneys from the piano. Penneys, piano teacher at the School of Music and founding member of the New Arts Trio, simply pedals with her left foot, an unusual but impressively adaptive technique.

“It’s amazing when you have an injury how quickly the other side just takes over,” said Penneys, sitting outside the Sherwood-Marsh Piano Studios with a soft cast wrapped around her right knee. An accidental slip and fall caused the injury early last week.

The New Arts Trio, made up of Penneys, violinist Jacques Israelievitch and cellist Arie Lipsky, will make its season debut in the Logan Chamber Music Series at 4 p.m. today in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as scheduled, but with a slight change to the program. Instead of enlisting its standard potpourri of composers, the ensemble has opted for a concert featuring solely Mozart trios.