Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Music School Festival Orchestra (MFSO)

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Performing 21 concerts including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera. Enhance your symphony experience by becoming a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League or Symphony Patrons: http://ciweb.org/support-the-cso />
Music School Festival Orchestra: The School of Music at Chautauqua considers orchestral work, private study, and chamber music each to be vital components of the program. The orchestra rehearses daily for the majority of the seven weeks and performs its concerts in the Amphitheater.

Among the highlights for the summer of 2018 will be a performance with the combined forces of the MSFO and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”. Other facets of orchestral study include sectionals, repertoire classes and mock auditions all run by our professional faculty. Topics covered include the psychology of auditioning, performance issues, and instant feedback providing priceless insight into the professional road ahead.
The Washington Ballet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra    Amphitheater
The Washington Ballet consists of world class dancers forming an ensemble core with apprentices under the artistic directorship of Julie Kent. Together they perform a wide variety of works from the classical choreography of Marius Petipa and George Balanchine to contemporary pieces by Christopher Wheeldon, Ji?í Kylián, Hans van Manen, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and new creations by Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck. Every year the professional and studio companies bring productions of the highest caliber to stages throughout the national capital area including Harman Center for the Arts at the Sidney Harman Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Warner Theatre, and Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Julie Kent’s commitment to the development of both the dancer and the art form is fulfilled through presentation of beloved classic 19th-century ballets and landmark 20th-century works while reaffirming a commitment to commissioned works that will contribute to the evolution of ballet and its relevance in our times. In addition to being an iconic ballerina, Kent has the distinction of being the longest-serving dancer at American Ballet Theatre, having danced with the company for 29 years. Her extensive roles encompass the breadth of the ballet repertoire and as a muse to choreographers who have created works on her. Her continued devotion to serving the art form, to promoting arts education and to using her experience to nurture, train and develop the next generation of dancers are the tenets by which she will further elevate The Washington Ballet and its company, school and community engagement programs and initiatives.
2020 Themes and ProgrammingAD
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Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Festival (Into th..    Amphitheater
Tania Miller, conductor Sara Davis Buechner, piano The core of Chautauqua’s 2020 Beethoven Festival features the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performing all five of the composer’s masterful piano concertos across three concerts, with each concerto played by a specially curated soloist. This performance will showcase Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Sara Davis Buechner, lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” by the New York Times. Distinguished conductor Tania Miller, Music Director Emerita of the Victoria Symphony (Canada), will lead the CSO. Chautauqua Beethoven Festival: In the 250 years since composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth (b. 1770), his name has become synonymous with the pinnacle of brilliance in classical and orchestral music. This summer, Chautauqua honors Beethoven’s unsurpassed legacy through a mini-festival that runs from late July through the first week in August. The festival will feature four Beethoven-focused Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances (July 21, July 28, Aug 5, and Aug 6) and one Chautauqua Chamber Music performance (July 27). In addition, CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov will lead a Beethoven-focused class, and David Levy, scholar and musicology professor at Wake Forest University, will hold additional seminars on Beethoven through the Special Studies department.

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