After the Music School Festival Orchestra’s first performance, cellist Emily Camras experienced the sense of community Chautauquans rave about.
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.
They finish each other’s sentences, completing a string of shared thoughts through quick jabbering, as if it was effortless.
Timothy Muffitt’s not running the 4×4 relay, but he’s passing the baton this evening — his conducting baton, that is….
The Music School Festival Orchestra students applaud with their feet. It’s a quiet stomping that says, “Good job.” If they do a good job tonight, the audience at their first Amphitheater performance will be a bit louder in their applause — and they’ll use their hands.
Though tonight may be the last concert for Maestro Muffitt and the students of the Music School Festival Orchestra, the season is not officially over until the last string sings.
This weekend, the Chautauqua Inter-arts Collaboration will cram the spilled blood, soaring melodies, brutal battles and undying hope of 500 years of history and American-inspired artistic expression into a neatly packaged show.