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Chautauqua Institution Programs Feature Variety Of Artistic Offerings

Charly Simpson and Nicole Watson

Aside from daily lectures, the third week of Chautauqua Institution programs features a variety of artistic offerings across the CHQ Assembly platforms.

At 4 p.m. Monday, Chautauqua Chamber Music will feature pianist Brian Zeger, violinist Nurit Pacht and cellist Tobias Werner perform music by Dvorak, Block, Janacek and Bartok. Zeger appears regularly on the guest faculty of Chautauqua’s Voice Program and is widely recognized as one of today’s leading collaborative pianists. Pacht is a top prize-winner in international competitions including the Irving Klein International Music Competition. Werner is currently the music director at The Chamber Music Conference of the East.

At 5 p.m. Monday, Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations features the Chautauqua Opera Company with Steven Osgood and guest host Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, who will provide a musical performance followed by conversation. Featured young artists include Kelly Guerra and Hilary Grace Taylor.

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations returns at 5 p.m. Tuesday featuring Julie Kent, former American Ballet Theatre prima ballerina and current artistic director of The Washington Ballet, who joins Sasha Janes, Chautauqua Dance artistic advisor, for an evening of conversation about her career and the state of ballet in the world today.

Featured at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday is Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Vahn Armstrong, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra acting concertmaster, is joined by Eva Stern, partner and longtime Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra violist.

Van Armstrong and Eva Stern

On Wednesday at 4 p.m., an afternoon recital will be broadcast when the Chautauqua Piano Program presents an afternoon piano recital with Sara Davis Buechner. Then, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations will focus on the Chautauqua Theater Company and Andrew Borba featuring Joel De La Fuente and Lisa Rothe from the CTC Production “Hold These Truths” perform and join in conversation. At 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Chautauqua Theater Company New Play Workshop No. 1 will premier.

The company is welcoming back Charly Evon Simpson to workshop her latest play before it premieres at Round House Theatre in Maryland next spring. The play is directed by Nicole Watson and Wednesday’s presentation will be followed by a live question-and-answer session.

Thursday’s programming begins at 10 a.m. with the Weekly Virtual Gallery Tour. Judy Barie, the Susan and John Turben director of Chautauqua Visual Arts Galleries, takes viewers on a tour of 2020 exhibitions, which can be experienced online at CHQ Visual Arts: art.chq.org.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations returns with Recitals with Rossen, hosted by Rossen Milanov, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra music director, featuring music and conversation with Natasha Paremski.

On Friday, the arts week concludes with Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations. Gina Chavez returns to Chautauqua with a special online concert and conversation. A 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Female Vocalist and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, Chavez explores the true meaning of “Americana” as she takes audiences on a high-energy journey through Latin America and beyond.

Julie Kent

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