Weekly Digest 📰 Big Opera, Entertainment and Lecture Announcements
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With April just around the corner, we're not foolin' around with program announcements, as you’ll read below. We’re particularly pleased and excited this week to share 2021 plans for the Chautauqua Opera Company, which has designed a special season to accommodate all we expect to encounter this summer. The 2021 calendar is starting to fill up, as are on-grounds accommodations for this Summer Assembly — make sure to secure yours today!
Opera Celebrates Versatility, Creativity in 2021 Season Program
Chautauqua Opera Company today unveiled program plans for the 2021 season, including two mainstage productions at the open-air Performance Pavilion on Pratt Avenue, and an enhanced commitment to new works through the celebrated Composer-in-Residence program and a new Composer Fellows program.
The mainstage performances highlight the versatility of Chautauqua Opera Company through new productions of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg and (Working Title): A Company Developed Piece. The 2021 repertoire responds to the issues of the day and the challenges of performing live in what everyone hopes will be the final months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Planning for the 2021 season has focused on how we can assure the safety of our company and audience. There have been many difficult decisions to make and, unfortunately, reductions in the number of artists and production personnel we can engage. Nonetheless, I am pleased that we will still give seven mainstage performances (compared to nine in 2019), and we are looking to 2022 for the return of our full company,” said Steven Osgood, general and artistic director of Chautauqua Opera Company.
Week Two Independence Day Celebration with the Music School Festival Orchestra and School of Voice A unique take on our traditional Fourth of July concert, featuring the return of conductor William Eddins July 3
Week Four Chanticleer Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. July 21
New York State to Relax Quarantine Rules for Travelers Last week Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory beginning April 1. While no longer required, the state Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. More details here.
Gate passes, parking and docks are on sale now! Visit chqtickets.com or call 716-357-6250 to place your order. We recommend that pass holders make their purchase soon, to ensure eligibility for single ticket pre-sale of popular entertainment events (pre-sale dates to be announced).
CHQ Assembly is made possible in part by support from Erie Insurance Group, Wendy and Edward Cohen, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Edward and Betsy Merchant, Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett Richards, III & Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Smucker.
In the Community Highlighting the Institution's work to benefit the greater Chautauqua region
Turner Winter Series Features President Hill: Chautauqua President Michael E. Hill joined moderator Greg Peterson at the Robert H. Jackson Center last week to tape an interview for the community's Turner Winter Series, which normally takes place at our Turner Community Center. The new episode is a deep and raw reflection on the past year in this institution's life — both a tick-tock of the no-playbook pandemic decision-making process, and an expression of gratitude to the resilient staff and community that continues to make it all happen.
Dance Theatre of Harlem Online Performance and Conversation: As part of its multiweek Chautauqua residency this spring, Dance Theatre of Harlem will present an informal performance to give students an inside look at the art of classical ballet at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 27. Open to students of all ages, this event will include a live Q-and-A session. Click here to register.
“Finding North” Play and Teacher Guide: Now available for streaming on CHQ Assembly, “Finding North” is a one-man play drawn from historical research and oral histories that brings to the stage powerful stories of the yearning, sacrifices and dreams of the African-American Underground Railroad hero John P. Parker, as well as contemporary American immigrants. Click here to access the video, and click here to access the Teacher’s Guide.
Trustee Gayle Featured in Washington Post Pandemic Article
“By summer, all four of my siblings and their children — all adults — will have been vaccinated, but some of their children may not be because the vaccine may still not be approved for younger children,” Gayle says. “So instead of having large houses with multiple families together, we may rent smaller homes with families with younger children in their own homes.”
Until then, people should regard immunization as more of an extra insurance policy than a “get-out-of-jail-free” card, Gayle says.
“There are things I do now with more confidence and less worry,” she says. “This is more like a dimmer that will be turned up over time, rather than an on-and-off switch. As more people are vaccinated, I will feel more comfortable doing more things that include social interaction.”
Five generations of Gayle’s family, beginning with her grandmother taking her mother and uncle as children, have frequently visited Chautauqua; the younger generations now make it an annual trip. Gayle has been a Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker several times, and has been intimately involved in launching the African American Heritage House.
What's Happening on the Grounds
Chautauqua's grounds are open throughout the year for shopping, dining and exploring. Track the status of Chautauqua systems, facilities and operations at chqstatus.com. All gates are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., no pass required. View updated resources here: