After a season full of recitals and supporting roles, the Studio Artists of Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists Program can now try their hand at leading roles in scenes from a selection of famous productions at 4 p.m. today in Norton Hall.
In a world full of crime and war, one might ask, “Where is the love?”
“Dream team” has taken on a whole new meaning for the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists as they prepare for the second Artsongs in the Afternoon recital of the season.
When Jared Jacobsen wanders around Chautauqua Institution’s grounds — both in real life and in his head — he likes to imagine music that fits the scenery.
The 10 School of Music students who play the viola will perform in a recital at 2 p.m. today in McKnight Hall. Several students’ pieces will be accompanied by piano.
Ten cellists and a singer transform into “Arie’s Angels” in the season-ending student recital from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.
“It’s a cello party,” said chamber music chair Arie Lipsky.
The program features pieces from Heitor Villa-Lobos and Richard Strauss.
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 is Villa-Lobos’s way of giving Bach to Brazil.
“It’s an homage to Bach,” Lipsky said. “If Villa-Lobos has a cellphone, he’d probably have Bach as his ringtone.”
“It’s my birthday,” Jisun Lee said in response to performing in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Chautauqua Student Scholarship Recital from 2:30–5 p.m. Saturday in McKnight Hall.
The NFMC, founded in 1898, annually awards educational institutions, such as Chautauqua, for their promotion and presentation of American music.
Lee, who is turning 18, joins other scholarship winners in the recital, which displays the NFMC’s commitment to finding and fostering young musical talents.
Poised and ready, Mark Robbins took his French horn and blew. Ten minutes later, he was on his way to Chautauqua and beyond.
Robbins, along with French horn player and vocalist Gina Gillie and pianist Nataliya Pinelis, will now take the stage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in McKnight Hall. The program will include works by Paul Dukas, Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Richard Georg Strauss and some contemporary composers.
Robbins grew up in a musical household, where his mother was a cellist and his older sisters also played string instruments.
“Maybe I did something other than strings, because everyone in my family was a string player,” Robbins said, recalling his childhood in Maryland.
Saxophonist George Wolfe and company will play their brass off in “The Angelic Soprano Saxophone,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. This is the 13th year Ball State saxophonists will perform at Chautauqua.
“We’re presenting a new aspect of the saxophone from a classical point of view,” said Wolfe, a Ball State professor who will be accompanied by some of his students.
The program opens with the late Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s “Tango Etude No. 3.” It also includes “Canonic Sonata No. 4” and “Sonate,” by Georg Philipp Telemann, and David Stern’s “Lyrical Concerto for Soprano saxophone and Chamber Orchestra,” which was written for and dedicated to Wolfe. All those pieces will be interpreted by the Ball State saxophonists, led by Wolfe.