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CSO musicians to discuss challenges of playing for opera, ballet

CSO musicians to discuss challenges of playing for opera, ballet

In a Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, the heroic tenor departed the stage on a magical swan after the final note of his aria. When the stage hands accidentally pulled the swan — a construction on a wooden trolley — offstage too early, the tenor was left center stage with nothing to sing. Looking to the audience, he said, “Anyone know what time’s the next swan?”

“The thing about opera is there’s so much going on, there’s so much that has to be coordinated,” said Vahn Armstrong, associate concertmaster of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, who related the story. “You just never know what’s going to happen.”

CSO musicians and guests will talk about performing for opera and ballet during today’s Brown Bag at 12:15 p.m. in Smith Wilkes Hall.

CSO Musicians Brown Bag to shine spotlight on ‘unusual’ instruments

CSO Musicians Brown Bag to shine spotlight on ‘unusual’ instruments

Nobody wants to be the third wheel, but being the third wind has its perks.

A score may call for two flutes and a piccolo, two oboes and an English horn. The third winds are specialty instruments, and for Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra musicians Kathryn Levy and Jason Weintraub, they also open up solo opportunities unavailable to other voices in the ensemble.

String bassist Peter Haas, although not a third wind, will represent an instrument less standardized than other members of the string family, which includes the violin, viola and cello.

At 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall, the Symphony Partners will sponsor the second Meet the CSO Musicians Brown Bag of the season. The theme will be “Unusual Instruments” and will spotlight the instruments’ sounds and the technique of playing them.

CSO musicians demystify communication with chamber music Brown Bag

CSO musicians demystify communication with chamber music Brown Bag

The smallest of gestures can begin the greatest of classical works. A breath, a nod, or perhaps a wink could summon up a rush of notes, a soaring melody line, the resounding final beats of a Mozart quartet.

The mysterious interconnectedness between the members of a chamber group will be brought to light at 12:15 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall for the first Symphony Partners’ Brown Bag on communication in chamber music.

Four Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra members will lead the Brown Bag with a discussion of chamber music and the crucial component of communicating with fellow musicians. Violinists Lenelle Morse, Erica Robinson, and Margaret Cooper — who will play viola for the Brown Bag — and cellist Daryl Goldberg will play as a quartet and as individual musicians. They will speak to the challenges and rewards of making music in a chamber music setting.

Symphony Partners offers chance to meet CSO principals

Symphony Partners offers chance to meet CSO principals

Members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra lead normal lives as part of the fabric of the Chautauqua community — when they aren’t performing three times a week.

They attend morning lectures, take walks by the lake and their kids even attend Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

The Symphony Partners will host a Meet the Principals Reception, a special event to meet the fellow members of the community, at 5-7 p.m. next Wednesday, July 11, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The reception is a chance for devoted fans and audience members to meet the musicians, ask questions and connect names on the program with faces on the stage.

It is the first time Symphony Partners will sponsor this specific reception, in addition to their regular Brown Bag and post-concert Meet the Musician gatherings on the Amphitheater back porch.