Brazil may have been the site of a critical loss for the U.S. soccer team Tuesday. Here on the grounds of Chautauqua, however, a Brazilian that same day enjoyed a musical triumph.
The number 86 may not be terribly special so far as anniversaries go. The 86th season of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, however, and particularly its opening night, could come to be quite notable indeed.
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That sound you heard coming from the Amphitheater Thursday night? It wasn’t Judgment Day, or fire and brimstone pouring from the skies.
About an evening spent with great music, there can never be cause for regret. Especially when that music is well played. Thus did patrons of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Tuesday night at the Amphitheater stand in total contrast to the program’s protagonists.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra had much to celebrate Saturday night, and it did so in resplendent fashion.
Playing in the Amphitheater on a pleasant evening, the orchestra and guest conductor Roberto Minczuk sounded even hotter than the air outside as they launched the 2012 Season, welcomed a renowned pianist and even hinted at the upcoming Independence Day with the year’s first performance of the national anthem. No wonder the concert was broadcast live on Buffalo radio.
But it wasn’t the many occasions — including the start of longstanding principal cellist Chaim Zemach’s final season, or even the ensemble itself — that commanded the lion’s share of the attention. No, beyond question, that honor fell to pianist Peter Serkin, the soloist in Brahms’ titanic Piano Concerto No. 1.
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he audience Monday night at the Amphitheater desperately needed something to heat it up, and the Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet provided exactly that.
On an evening when temperatures surely dipped below 60 degrees, Ziegler and friends radiated tons of welcome energy in the form of Argentine dance music of the highest, liveliest order.
Everything the ensemble served up was a tango, strictly speaking. But so wide was the variety on its ample, 14-piece menu, so considerable the talent of the musicians, that those in the crowd could never have been anything less than fully engaged.
Call it an “American” or “pops” program, but the real theme of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s delightful “Community Concert” Tuesday night at the Amphitheater was collaboration.
Between the CSO itself, guest conductor-pianist Stuart Malina, the large crowd, and the 50-plus amateur musicians from the community who accepted the invitation to share the stage, the event was more about music’s power to bring people together than any particular genre or branch of the repertoire.