School of Music: Voice Program with the Music School Festival Orchestra present "Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen"

Monday, August 10, 2020

Location Amphitheater

Gate pass or event ticket required.

Event Tickets

General Admission • $25
(Festival seating and standing room; included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)

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Timothy Muffitt, Artistic Director/School of Music and Music Director/Music School Festival Orchestra
Marlena Malas, Chair/Chautauqua Voice Program
John Giampietro, Stage Director

The fable of The Cunning Little Vixen, also known as The Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears, is a story of the cyclical nature of life. The Vixen cub that the Forester takes home with him eventually grows up and has cubs of her own. The Frog that the cub chases past the Forester in the first scene has gone through the same cycle, and his grandchild passes the Forester in the final scene.

Regardless of what the humans are doing in the story, the forest continues to go through its cycle of life, renewing and replenishing. On a parallel level, the humans in the story are following the same cycle. They are falling in love and getting married, and trying to ascribe a deeper meaning to these events beyond the continuous cycle of life.