After 25 seasons helming the Institution’s performing and visual arts programming, Marty Merkley has decided to hang up his hat.
AMANDA MAINGUY | File Photo Music School Festival Orchestra students rehearse for a perfomance last summer. The 2015 MSFO’s first…
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.
Chautauqua Institution covers 750 acres, and traversing the grounds from its most northern to most southern points can be quite a hike. But last Sunday, members of the Bestor Society and various Chautauqua Foundation and Institution leaders made the trek to the south side of the grounds for the annual president’s address.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the students of the Music School Festival Orchestra and the Voice Program will transform the pillared walls of the venue into the South of France as they perform Puccini’s tale of fervid love, loss and deceit: La Rondine.
If this weekend’s production of Go West! is meant to celebrate the challenging triumphs and devastating struggles that make up the story of the American West, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra members are the oxen pulling the covered wagons on their journey.
On Saturday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, Muffitt will conduct both the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and five students from the MSFO in this season’s inter-arts collaboration of Go West!
As the weeks press on for the young instrumental virtuosos of the Music School Festival Orchestra, the music steadily grows a bit more difficult — yet the smiles and repertoire of the students grow wider.
After the debut performance of this season’s Music School Festival Orchestra, the students set a tone of high expectations. Two weeks into the season, director Timothy Muffitt thinks the sky’s the only limit for the musicians.
With each bend of the bow against the strings, whistle from the woodwinds, blow from the brass and pulse set by the percussion section, the Music School Festival Orchestra forms a sweet sound on the ears as they gear up for its first performance.