You know it is going to be a hot summer when jazz trumpet superstar Chris Botti meets violin superstar Joshua Bell.
It’s true. The concert, which promises to be a showdown of epic proportions, takes place on Aug. 13 at the Chautauqua Institution, part of the Chautauqua Symphony’s summer series. That orchestra’s entire lineup is listed below.
Also on the soloist list: acclaimed violinists Jennifer Koh and Augustin Hadelich as well as guitarist Jason Vieaux, a Western New York native rising high in the concert world.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Bulgarian-born conductor Rossen Milanov is the music director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and conducts the following concerts unless otherwise noted. Unusual features this summer include a joint pops concert on Aug. 13 featuring trumpeter Chris Botti and violinist Joshua Bell. The closing concert features the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with a preview of a new piece by Wynton Marsalis. The BPO’s JoAnn Falletta is also on the schedule, conducting Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.
Concerts take place unless otherwise noted at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheatre of the historic Chautauqua Institution. “Into the Music” concerts include discussion as well as music. For information visit chqtickets.com or call 357-6250.
• June 30: Violinist Augustin Hadelich plays Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Also, Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture,” and music from Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”
• July 2: Violinist Jennifer Koh performs Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. Also, Smetan’s “Dance of the Comedians” from “The Bartered Bride”; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
• July 4: At 8 p.m., Stuart Chafetz conducts Independence Day Pops Celebration starring vocalist Nicole Parker; violinist Ilmar Gavilán; and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán.
• July 7: Pianist Alexander Korsantia performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Also, Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and the overture “The Creatures of Prometheus.”
• July 12: The Charlotte Ballet and director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux join the orchestra for repertoire to be announced. Grant Cooper conducts.
• July 14: Teddy Abrams conducts an all-American program: Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and John Williams’ “The Cowboys” Overture. Also, Edgar Meyer’s Concerto in D for Double Bass, with the composer as soloist.
• July 16: Stephen Osgood conducts the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists in a program of opera excerpts to be announced.
• July 19: An “Into the Music” concert focuses on Bernstein and Broadway. Included is music from “On the Town,” “West Side Story,” and “Candide.”
• July 21: Cellist Felix Fan is the soloist in a concert featuring Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber”; the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions”; and Debussy’s “La Mer.”
• July 23: Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also, Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” (1947 version) and Mussorgky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.”
• July 28: Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” and “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.” Kathryn Henry is soprano soloist.
• July 30: John Luther Adams’ “Dream in White on White” is followed by Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony” in a concert that also includes the Music School Festival Orchestra.
• Aug. 4: JoAnn Falletta conducts George Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsody” in A; and Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Maria Piccinini is soloist in Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto.
• Aug. 6: At 8 p.m., Stuart Chafetz conducts an Opera Pops Concert featuring Chautauqua Opera Apprentice and Studio Artists.
• Aug. 7: At 2:30 p.m., a special matinee concert features repertoire to be announced.
• Aug. 12: The Charlotte Ballet and director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux join the orchestra for repertoire to be announced. Grant Cooper conducts.
• Aug. 13: Trumpet superstar Chris Botti and violin superstar Joshua Bell join in a pops concert with songs to be announced from the stage. Tickets are $60.
• Aug. 16: Jason Vieaux, guitar, is the soloist in a Spanish-themed concert: Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”; Manuel de Falla’s “El amor brujo” and Gerónimo Giménez’s “Las bodas de Luis Alonso.”
• Aug. 18: Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts violinist Nicolas Dautricourt in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Also, Mendelssohn’s Overture to “Ruy Blas,” and Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.”
• Aug. 20: A concert of movie music features excerpts from John Williams’ “Star Wars” scores and “Saving Private Ryan” as well as Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky.” The orchestra will be joined by the Columbus Symphony Chorus.
• Aug. 23: Cristian Macelaru, conductor, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra present a preview performance of Wynton Marsalis’ “New York.” Concert also includes Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dances” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.
The Chautauqua Opera Company
This is the first season with Steven Osgood as general/artistic director. Call 357-6200 for info.
• July 9: At 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheatre, Verdi’s “La Traviata.” $42.
• July 29 and Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Hall, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” This modern production by Ned Canty, praised in St. Louis and Memphis, features references to modern Japanese animation, fashion and pop culture, including anime, manga and Hello Kitty. $15-$52.
• Aug. 8: At 5 p.m. in Norton Hall, the Chautauqua Young Artists perform Missy Mazzoli’s “Song From the Uproar,” an opera about 19th century Swiss adventuress Isabelle Eberhardt, with video by Stephen Taylor. The piece was previously performed in October 2015 by LA Opera. In English with English supertitles. (see “Chautauqua Chamber Music,” below). Free with gate pass.
Chautauqua Chamber Music
The Logan Chamber Music Series presents concerts in Lenna Hall on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. Concerts are at 4 p.m. Admission is free with gate pass.
• June 27: The New York Brass Arts Trio – trumpeter Joe Burgstaller (formerly of Canadian Brass), French horn player David Jolley (founding member of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and trombonist Haim Avitsur (Symphony Magazine Emerging Artist) play a concert full of fanfare.
• July 4: The Harlem Quartet appears with Cuban-born pianist Aldo López-Gavilán.
• July 11: Sixth Floor Project, a group of Curtis grads, plays bluegrass to Brahms, Bernstein, and Bartok. The group includes Teddy Abrams, conducting the Chautauqua Symphony on July 14 (see above).
• July 18: The Chautauqua Quartet are all members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Vahn Armstrong is the associate concertmaster; Diane Bruce is principal second violin; Eva Stern plays viola; and Jolyon Pegis is principal cello. They will play a program to be announced.
• July 25: Calmus, a renowned cappella vocal group from Leipzig, Germany, sing music inspired by Shakespeare.
• Aug. 1: Percussion ensemble So Percussion presents what the New Yorker has described as an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.”
• Aug. 8: At 5 p.m. in Norton Hall, Chautauqua Young Artists, “Song From the Uproar” (See Chautauqua Opera Company, above).
• Aug. 15: The Lysander Piano Trio play music including Ravel’s Piano Trio.
• Aug. 22: Jazz at Lincoln Center.