Chautauqua Weekly 7/23/21


7-23-21
🎉 Upcoming Chautauqua Institution Programs
Chautauqua Institution :: Welcome to the Chautauqua Summer Assembly!
Join us for the 2021 Chautauqua Summer Assembly!

This upcoming week, Chautauqua opens with the original animated "Beauty and the Beast" with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, partners with the National Comedy Center to explore "The Authentic Comedic Voice" with lectures alongside evening entertainment with Lewis Black and Bill Engvall, and closes with Chautauqua favorite Straight No Chaser. Read on to discover a sampling of events taking place during Week Five of #CHQ2021.
Happening This Weekend
8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater 
Johnny Mathis: 65 Years of Romance
Best known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say” and “Misty,” Johnny Mathis has recorded close to 80 albums, six Christmas albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. 
July 23
 
Details

*This show requires a separate ticket purchase by all attendees.
Beauty and the Beast in Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Be our guest as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs the score to Disney’s animated film classic "Beauty and the Beast" live in concert! 
July 24
 
Chautauqua Lecture Series:
“The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center

10:30 a.m. EDT Monday–Thursday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
The art of comedy is deeply personal, requiring artists and creators to tap into their own experience to hone a unique, resonant and authentic voice. In this week, we examine how comedians working in an array of genres, media and styles have found their voices, developed their voices and mobilized their voices to communicate with audiences in impactful — and entertaining — ways. Hear from comedians and experts such as Ego Nwodim who just finished her third season as a main cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and Eric Deggans, NPR's first full-time TV critic, who will discuss the evolution of Black comedy on TV.
View Chautauqua Lectures
Performing Arts in the Performance Pavilion on Pratt
Chautauqua Theater Company
July 25, 27, 29 & 31
Half scripted, half improvisation and playing like a Shakespeare improv with modern day language, Commedia dell’arte was created in the Middle Ages as theater troops traveled from town to town, performing outdoors and entertaining people of all ages. 
Chautauqua Opera Company
July 28
As the Così Crumbles: A Company-Developed Piece reimagines beloved arias and ensembles from opera’s greatest hits in bold, surprising and genre-bending adaptations that you will not hear on any other operatic stage. 
Chautauqua Opera Company
July 30
Scalia/Ginsburg is a one-act comedy about the close and unlikely friendship between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. 
The Deal: A staged reading featuring Lewis Black and Mark Linn-Baker
1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 29
A reading of Lewis Black’s one-act play, to be followed by a Q-and-A session with Black, Linn-Baker and Grifasi.
 
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Upcoming Entertainment
8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater
Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala
The annual Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala serves as a celebration of the exceptional talent consistently produced by the Chautauqua School of Dance
July 25
 
Lewis Black*
Known as the King of Rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and finger pointing to expose the absurdities of life.
July 26
 
Details

*This show requires a separate ticket purchase by all attendees.
Bill Engvall*
Bill Engvall is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country.
July 29
 
Details

*This show requires a separate ticket purchase by all attendees.
An Evening with Straight No Chaser*
The group has sold more than 1.6 million albums in the U.S., toured around the world, and amassed more than 100 million YouTube views with their tightly arranged songs, impeccable vocal harmonies, and healthy sense of humor.
July 30
 
Details

*This show requires a separate ticket purchase by all attendees.
Interfaith Lecture Series:
“The Authentic Comedic Voice: Truth Born of Struggle”

1 p.m. EDT Monday–Wednesday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
What we expect from the Art of Comedy is something silly, foolish, witty, or an unexpected twist or deviation from expected reality. It has been posited, however, that authentic comedic articulation, while producing laughter and hilarity, frequently arises out of struggle, out of pathos and the need to speak truth. “We laugh because it’s funny; we laugh – or cry – because it’s true.” In this week we invite the voices of the healers who make us laugh, such as comedians Leighann Lord and Benji Lovitt.
View Interfaith Lectures
Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 29 • CHQ Assembly
Fredrik Backman
The author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman’s new novel, Anxious People, is a confirmation of the storytelling prowess that made USA Today call him “a master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives.”
Learn More and Register
Chautauqua Visual Arts Gallery Exhibitions
Don't miss the current exhibitions at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center:
  • "Counterbalance"
  • "Materials Redefined"
  • "Tenacity"
  • "Improvising: New Photographs by Julie Blackmon"
  • "Pour Spill Drip Stain"
Learn More
Chautauqua's Classroom
In-person and on the Online Classroom
From sailing to history to languages to ceramics and so much else, Chautauqua's 2021 learning experiences offer a variety of topics and opportunities for students of all ages to explore, rethink and recharge, whether on the grounds or remotely.
 
View All Week Four Classes
A Massey Organ Movie: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” Co-Presented with Chautauqua Cinema
2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25 • Amphitheater
Celebrated as Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork, this 1925 comedy film stars Chaplin in his Little Tramp character. This heartwarming silent film will be music to your ears with a score created and performed live by organist Joshua Stafford. 
 
Youth and Family Activities at Chautauqua 
Chautauqua Softball League Kids Game
5 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 29 • Sharpe Field

Sports Club and Play CHQ are teaming up for drop in kids softball games.

This program is generously supported by the Elise M. Besthoff Charitable Foundation, Inc.
See More Activities
Register for the Old First Night Run/Walk
Saturday, July 31 • 8 a.m.
There will be no race-day registration, so early sign-up is highly encouraged. The traditional in-person race is once again sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate and the virtual "Around the World" race is sponsored by DFT Communications, Partners in Technology. Race proceeds benefit the 2021 Chautauqua Fund. 
Register Here
Ticket Information
If you decide once you’re here that you’d like to purchase tickets to an event that is not included with your Gate Pass, a ticket agent will be on staff at the Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, or you can purchase all events online at tickets.chq.org. If you’ve not yet logged into this new ticketing system, please click here and enter the email address you have used in the past to purchase tickets from Chautauqua. You will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to log in and then reset to a password you will remember. You will then be able to purchase the tickets you want.
Vaccination Verification for Venues
Entrance to the vaccinated sections of the Amphitheater and the Performance Pavilion on Pratt require a one-time verification of your vaccination status at the beginning of your stay. Bring your vaccination card (a photo of it or Excelsior Pass also works), your photo ID and your gate pass or ticket to the Ticket Office at the Main Gate (also available prior to select Amphitheater and Pavilion events). If you are using only electronic tickets or your ticket does not have your name on it, we will provide a card for presentation at our venues.
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7/14/21

See two beloved films with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Chautauqua Institution :: Films in Concert with the CSO
Tim Burton's “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 • Amphitheater 
See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," will be projected on the big screen and accompanied by Grammy®-winning composer Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
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“Beauty and the Beast” in Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24 • Amphitheater 
Be our guest as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs the score to Disney’s animated film classic "Beauty and the Beast" live in concert! Experience this full-length film, overflowing with unforgettable characters and Academy Award®-winning music (Best Original Song, Best Original Score, 1991).
Purchase Tickets
Make your night even better with dinner out
Dine lakeside with 3 Taps & The A Truck or have an elegant meal at the Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel. 
See Dining Options

Vaccination Verification for Venues

Entrance to the vaccinated sections of the Amphitheater require a one-time verification of your vaccination status. Bring your vaccination card (a photo of it or Excelsior Pass also works), your photo ID and your ticket to the Screen House (yellow building outside of Gate Two of the Amphitheater). If you are using only electronic tickets or your ticket does not have your name on it, we will provide a card for presentation at our venues.
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Chautauqua Institution :: Welcome to the Chautauqua Summer Assembly!
Welcome to the 2021 Chautauqua Summer Assembly!

In this upcoming week Chautauqua explores "Trust, Society and Democracy," with a slate of engaging lectures, a free family performance of Hansel & Gretel at the Performance Pavilion on Pratt, and Wynonna Judd on the Amphitheater stage on Friday night! Read on to discover a sampling of events taking place during Week Three of #CHQ2021.
Tomorrow Night: The Hot Sardines
8:15 p.m. Friday, July 9 • Amphitheater 
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.
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Chautauqua Cinema Under the Stars: “Iron Giant”
8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10 • Sharpe Field

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this outdoor cinema event with friends and family! Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.

This program is made possible by Allegheny Health Network - Westfield Memorial Hospital.
View Upcoming Cinema Events
Chautauqua Lecture Series:
“Trust, Society and Democracy”

10:30 a.m. EDT Monday–Thursday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
While recent work from the Pew Research Center had previously indicated our growing distrust in social institutions and of each other in making democratic decisions, the past year has brought this crisis of trust to a critical inflection point. What do we do with institutions that society has declared broken, and what must institutions do to rebuild trust with those they serve? Perhaps most importantly, how can we work to regain trust with one another? Hear from such experts as Richard Edelman, creator of the renowned Edelman Trust Barometer.
View Chautauqua Lectures
Performing Arts in the Performance Pavilion on Pratt
Chautauqua Theater Company
July 14
In this story about opposition and unity, the students of Cedar High desperately contemplate the nature of racial bias and whether justice is truly blind while the lives of six black students hang in the balance. 
Chautauqua Opera Company
July 16
Scalia/Ginsburg is a one-act comedy about the close and unlikely friendship between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. 
Chautauqua School of Music
July 15
In 1893 Engelbert Humperdinck transformed the tale by the Brothers Grimm into a work that is probably the most famous fairy-tale opera in the repertoire.
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Week Three Entertainment
8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Opening Night 2021”
Rossen Milanov, conductor
July 10
 
Ranky Tanky
South Carolina’s global Gullah ambassadors and Billboard chart-toppers making “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR) return to the Chautauqua Amphitheater!
July 14
 
Wynonna Judd*
Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna Judd’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. 
July 16
 
Details

*This show requires a separate ticket purchase by all attendees.
This program is made possible thanks to generous support by The Watters Family.
Interfaith Lecture Series:
“The Ethical Foundations of a Fully Functioning Society”

1 p.m. EDT Monday–Wednesday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
Socrates and his student Plato entered the discourse on ethics by way of a question that became central in Greek thought and is still relevant today: What is the relation between virtue, excellence of character, and personal and societal happiness? For the flourishing of a society, the Greek philosophers believed in reverence and justice, as well as the objectivity of goodness, as the links for knowing what is good and doing it. In this week we will discern the ethical foundations of a fully functioning society, guided by experts such as Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us.
View Interfaith Lectures
Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 15 • CHQ Assembly
Naomi Oreskes
During a time when trust in science is weaning, when climate scientists are grasping to convince a large amount of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine attitude is gaining more traction, Professor Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength – and the greatest reason we can trust it.
Learn More and Register
Chautauqua Visual Arts Gallery Exhibitions
Don't miss the current exhibitions at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center:
  • "Co-Existence": Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu
  • "Materials Redefined"
  • "Counterbalance"
  • "Tenacity"
Learn More
CVA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Quinn Alexandria Hunter
6:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 13 • Virtual Porch
Please join us for a lovely evening learning about the life and work of Chautauqua School of Art 2019 alumnus Quinn Alexandria Hunter.
 
Chautauqua's Classroom
In-person and on the Online Classroom
Master Class: Deb Roy
Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker Deb Roy, director of the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, provides a deeper dive into the topics explored during his Amphitheater lecture. (In-person only; fee)
 
View All Week Three Classes
Youth and Family Activities at Chautauqua 
Chautauqua Softball League Kids Game

Sports Club and Play CHQ are teaming up for drop-in kids softball games. Play CHQ invites families to explore together through games, crafts, STEM activities and more throughout the 2021 season. You can join the fun at pop-up locations across the grounds.

See More Activities
Ticket Information
If you decide once you’re here that you’d like to purchase tickets to an event that is not included with your Gate Pass, a ticket agent will be on staff at the Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, or you can purchase all events online at tickets.chq.org. If you’ve not yet logged into this new ticketing system, please click here and enter the email address you have used in the past to purchase tickets from Chautauqua. You will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to log in and then reset to a password you will remember. You will then be able to purchase the tickets you want.
Vaccination Verification for Venues
Please visit a Vaccine Verification table upon arrival, either at the Colonnade on Bestor Plaza or at the Amphitheater prior to evening events. Bring your vaccination card (a photo of it or Excelsior Pass also works), your photo ID and your gate pass or ticket. If you are using only electronic tickets or your ticket does not have your name on it, we will provide a card for presentation at our venues.
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Chautauqua Institution :: Welcome to the Chautauqua Summer Assembly!
Welcome to the 2021 Chautauqua Summer Assembly!

In this upcoming week of national celebration and reunion, reconnect with your family and friends at one of our entertaining and inspiring events. Read on to discover a sampling of events taking place during Week Two of #CHQ2021.
Tomorrow Night: An Evening With Michael W. Smith
8:15 p.m. Friday, July 2 • Amphitheater 
Multi-platinum artist Michael W. Smith releases new music regularly and performs around the world to sold-out crowds of loyal and inspired fans. He's one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian music, and has achieved considerable success in the mainstream music industry. Smith has recorded 32 No. 1 hit songs, including “Place in This World,” “Here I Am to Worship,” “Friends,” “Awesome God” and “Great is the Lord.”
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Chautauqua Cinema Under the Stars: “Monsters Inc.”
8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3 • Sharpe Field

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this outdoor cinema event with friends and family! Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.

This program is made possible by Allegheny Health Network - Westfield Memorial Hospital.
Chautauqua Lecture Series:
“New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns”

10:30 a.m. EDT Monday–Thursday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
In this week, we welcome the new explorers, the next generation of innovators, to learn what work they’re doing on the cutting edge of these fields, exploring the extraordinary and making the unknown, known.
View Lectures
Performing Arts in the Performance Pavilion on Pratt
Chautauqua Theater Company
July 2 and July 3
In this story about opposition and unity, the students of Cedar High desperately contemplate the nature of racial bias and whether justice is truly blind while the lives of six black students hang in the balance. 
Chautauqua Opera Company
July 9
Scalia/Ginsburg is a one-act comedy about the close and unlikely friendship between U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. 
Purchase Theater and Opera Tickets
Week Two Entertainment
8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater
Independence Day Celebration with the Music School Festival Orchestra and School of Voice
Independence Day celebrations at Chautauqua reflect America at its best, with the core of intergenerational festivities being this concert full of patriotic and inspirational music. This year’s concert features the return of conductor William Eddins to the Amphitheater as he leads the stunning young talent found in Chautauqua’s Music School Festival Orchestra and the School of Music Voice Program.
July 3
 
Alicia Olatuja: “Intuition — Songs from the Minds of Women”
Olatuja combines the earthy with the sublime, bringing a grounded relatability to genres as sophisticated as classical, as venerated as jazz, and as gritty as R&B.
July 7
 
The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular
This stunning troupe features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy, family-friendly flurry of fun!
July 8
 
The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. 
July 9
 
Interfaith Lecture Series:
“New Frontiers: Exploring the Future of Religion in America”

1 p.m. EDT Monday–Wednesday • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
Long regarded as one of the most religious countries in the world, America is showing signs of losing that distinction, as successive generations begin to claim more spirituality and less religiosity, and with greater frequency self-identifying as neither, indeed as “none of the above.” In this week we look toward what a changing religious landscape in America would look and act like.
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Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 6 • Amphitheater & CHQ Assembly
Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert's latest book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, will frame her joint Chautauqua Lecture Series and Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) presentation as part of a week on “New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns.”
Learn More and Register
Chautauqua Visual Arts Gallery Exhibitions
Don't miss the current exhibitions at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center:
  • "Co-Existence": Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu
  • "Materials Redefined"
  • "Counterbalance"
Opening July 4:
  • "Tenacity"
Learn More
Chautauqua's Classroom
In-person and on the Online Classroom
Master Class: Ariel Ekblaw
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series speaker Ariel Ekblaw, founder and director of the MIT Space Exploration Initiative, provides a deeper dive into the topics explored during her Amphitheater lecture.
 
View All Week Two Classes
Recreation at Chautauqua 
Sunrise Kayak & Paddleboard

Experience sunrise by kayak or paddleboard on Chautauqua Lake. Advance registration required. Email sportsclub@chq.org or call 716-357-6281 to sign up.
July 7 & July 9

Learn More about Recreation at Chautauqua
Ticket Information
If you decide once you’re here that you’d like to purchase tickets to an event that is not included with your Gate Pass, a ticket agent will be on staff at the Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, or you can purchase all events online at tickets.chq.org. If you’ve not yet logged into this new ticketing system, please click here and enter the email address you have used in the past to purchase tickets from Chautauqua. You will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to log in and then reset to a password you will remember. You will then be able to purchase the tickets you want.
Vaccination Verification for Venues
Please visit a Vaccine Verification table upon arrival, either at the Colonnade on Bestor Plaza or at the Amphitheater prior to evening events. Bring your vaccination card (a photo of it or Excelsior Pass also works), your photo ID and your gate pass or ticket. If you are using only electronic tickets or your ticket does not have your name on it, we will provide a card for presentation at our venues.
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6/17/21
Weekly Digest 📰 Loosened COVID-19 Restrictions, 2021 Lecture Confirmations and More
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
Just 10 days from now, many of us will be gathered together as a community, in the Amphitheater, for the first time since Aug. 25, 2019, to officially open the 2021 Chautauqua Summer Assembly. It seems almost too good to be true! We thank you for your grace and resilience as we’ve navigated the past 15 challenging months, and ask for more of the same throughout the summer. Our experience of Chautauqua 2021 will depend on approaching this place and each other — fellow audience members, frontline staff and those on our stages and behind the scenes — with an extra helping of kindness and flexibility.

In this Weekly Digest, we’re pleased to share a final “What to Expect” communication following major loosening of pandemic restrictions this week, plus a flurry of new Chautauqua Lecture Series confirmations, and major announcements regarding our Chautauqua Literary Arts leadership and 2021 program. Read on!
Final 'What to Expect': Most COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted

With less than two weeks until opening day of Summer Assembly 2021, this is our final “What to Expect” communication. Gov. Cuomo has announced that New York State has reached 70% of adults with at least one vaccine shot. With this milestone, the governor has lifted many of the COVID-19 restrictions under which New Yorkers have been living and working for 15 months. Chautauqua Institution, which has followed the science and the state guidance throughout this period, will do so now. Effective immediately, most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted for staff and patrons at Chautauqua Institution. Click or tap below for details.

Read More at VacationSafely.chq.org
We’re Hiring! Visit chq.org/employment to view a number of full-time and seasonal opportunities on the Chautauqua Institution staff. 
2021 Popular Entertainment Announcement
Amphitheater
Week Nine
The Roots + Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
See two of the most acclaimed acts in jazz and hip-hop, in a one-of-a-kind double-bill Amphitheater performance.
August 21 • 7:30 p.m.
 
Week Six
Margo Price with Special Guest Allison Russell
Long one of East Nashville’s best-kept-secrets, Margo Price makes her Amp debut with a return appearance by Allison Russell (Our Native Daughters, 2019).
August 4 • 8:15 p.m.
 
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Announcements
10:30 a.m. EDT Mondays–Thursdays • Amphitheater
Week Two: "New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns"
Ted Chiang
Hugo Award- and Nebula Award-winning Science Fiction Writer 
July 5
 
Week Three: "Trust, Society and Democracy"
Christine Rosen
Senior Writer, Commentary
July 14
 
Week Five: "The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center"
Eric Deggans
Television Critic, NPR 
July 27
 
Week Five: "The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center"
Caty Borum Chattoo 
Co-director, The Yes, And Laughter Lab; Executive Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University 
July 28
 
Week Five: "The Authentic Comedic Voice: A Week in Partnership with the National Comedy Center"
Tig Notaro
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian 
July 29
 
Newly Established Chautauqua Literary Arts Chair Honors Entertainment Lawyer, Chautauquan Michael I. Rudell
With programs that date back nearly to the founding of Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua’s Literary Arts program will be sustained in part over the next five years by its first endowed chair. 

The Michael I. Rudell Director of the Literary Arts is an endowed chair established in memory of a beloved Chautauquan who, among other things, inspired Chautauqua’s first literary award, The Chautauqua Prize. The endowment will support the leadership of the Director of the Literary Arts and will place Rudell’s name at the center of the Institution’s vast literary arts program and legacy. The chair designation is in effect for a term of five years while the Institution works to raise adequate funds to meet the requirements of a permanent chair endowment in his honor.

“Michael Rudell was a person of extraordinary character and intellect, and his commitment to authors and readers was widely known and highly respected,” said Chautauqua President Michael E. Hill. “We are honored to have his name on our Literary Arts Chair and will work to ensure that in perpetuity so that generations to come will know of this special man’s commitment, passion and accomplishments.”
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Enyeribe Ibegwam Wins Fourth Annual Chautauqua Janus Prize 
Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “After School Hours” by Enyeribe Ibegwam as the 2021 winner of the Chautauqua Janus Prize.  

As the author selected from nine finalists by judge Rion Amilcar Scott, Ibegwam receives $5,000 and will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory event at 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, as part of the online portion of Chautauqua Institution’s 2021 Summer Assembly. 
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The Chautauqua Janus Prize is made possible by support from Twig and Barbara Branch.
Wenzler Begins Chautauqua Tenure with 370-mile #CHQtoCHQ
The Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative's first-ever director, Mark Wenzler, begins his Chautauqua tenure with a #CHQtoCHQ bike ride from our Washington, D.C., office to our historic grounds in Chautauqua, New York. You can follow Wenzler on his journey primarily on Chautauqua's Instagram, where he has taken over this week to document his path through the mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania northwestward, using the trip as a teaching and learning opportunity as the Climate Change Initiative begins to take shape. We'll be sure to share updates here, too.
The #CHQtoCHQ ride is also aligned with Climate Ride, raising funds for and awareness of the initiative. Chautauquans who support Wenzler's ride will be entered to receive one of a limited number of Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative bike jerseys specially designed for this trip (seen on Wenzler above). You can contribute here:
Support the Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative
Upcoming and Now Available on CHQ Assembly
LIVE 
Chautauqua Opera Company and Chautauqua Theater Company
Opera/Theater Chat: Efren Delgadillo Jr. on Designing for Multiple Companies on One Stage
1 p.m. EDT • Thursday, June 24
  
ON-DEMAND 
In Partnership with Interfaith Youth Core
Interfaith Leaders and Legends: Rabbi Joshua Stanton & Sister Simone Campbell
  
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.
It's Back! Registration Now Open for Old First Night Run/Walk
Saturday, July 31 • 8 a.m.
There will be no race day registration, so early sign-up is highly encouraged. The traditional in-person race is once again sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate and the virtual "Around the World" race is sponsored by DFT Communications, Partners in Technology. Race proceeds benefit the 2021 Chautauqua Fund. 
Register Here
LGBTQ+ Pride Month
During Pride Month, we celebrate vibrant diversity and LGBTQ+ persons who enrich the Chautauqua community. We also commemorate those who have been subjected to persecution because of their sexual orientation.
 
The White House issued a proclamation on June 1, 2021 stating, “We must recognize emerging challenges, like the fact that many LGBTQ+ seniors, who faced discrimination and oppression throughout their lives, are isolated and need support and elder care.” As our nation strives to ensure civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people and families, there is more progress that needs to happen.

Estate planning is critical for all adults, but it is especially important for members of the LGBTQ+ community who face unique challenges with their estate plans and end-of-life care. Don’t let the state or others decide for you; write your own legacy. Put a plan in place to protect your loved ones and make sure that your wishes are carried out. Click here to learn more about the essential elements of a solid estate plan. For more information or ways your legacy can support Chautauqua, please contact Jenny Stitely, director of gift planning, at 716-357-6409 or jstitely@chq.org
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What's Happening on the Grounds
Chautauqua's grounds are open throughout the year for shopping, dining and exploring. There are no fees for entrance or parking until the Summer Assembly begins on June 26. All gates are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., no pass required. Track the status of our systems, facilities and operations at chqstatus.com. View updated resources here:
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6/2/21
Weekly Digest 📰 2021 Concert Announcements, New Online Ticketing and Planning Experiences
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
June is here, and summer is just a few short weeks away! Our staff is working ’round the clock to ensure Chautauqua’s grounds, venues and programs are ready for your arrival. In this week’s digest, lots of Popular Entertainment and performance announcements, our new website and online ticketing platform, upcoming CHQ Assembly programs and more. Read on!
Countdown to Season: What To Expect
We're just a few weeks away from the opening of our 2021 Summer Assembly as we send this, our seventh weekly “What to Expect” communication. As a reminder, the protocols below represent our best effort to create a safe environment that works for our entire community — inevitably some will feel they are too loose and others will feel they are too tight. It is our sincere hope that the protocols in place this summer are in fact just right for a community that values inclusivity and includes people of all ages, immune systems, experiences and needs.  
Read June 1 Updates and Clarifications
We’re Hiring! Visit chq.org/employment to view a number of full-time and seasonal opportunities on the Chautauqua Institution staff. 
2021 Popular Entertainment & Performance Announcements
8:15 p.m. EDT unless otherwise noted • Amphitheater
Week Three
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before!
July 17 • 7:30 p.m.
 
Week Four
Johnny Mathis:
65 Years of Romance

The legendary singer of supremely popular hits like “Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say" and "Misty” returns to Chautauqua.
July 23
 
Week Five
"Beauty and the Beast" in Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
Be our guest for a special screening and performance of Disney’s 1991 animated film classic and its Oscar-winning score.
July 24 • 7:30 p.m.
 
Week Eight
Sphinx Artists
Join this quintet from the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestra composed of top Black and Latinx classical soloists.
August 19
 
Week Nine
Parsons Dance
Don’t miss this Chautauqua debut by a company renowned for its energized, athletic ensemble work.
August 23
 
Week Nine
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus
The 2021 season ends with a Chautauqua favorite.
August 29 • 2:30 p.m.
 
Postponed to 2022
The Avett Brothers
We regret to share that due to continued venue capacity restrictions required in New York State, the Avett Brothers' scheduled Chautauqua appearance on Aug. 4 has been postponed to summer 2022. We will announce the exact date and time as soon as we are able and look forward to welcoming the band back to Chautauqua.

Message from the Band:
“Our show scheduled for August 4, 2021, at Chautauqua Institution has been postponed to 2022 (exact date TBA). We are disappointed that we won’t be visiting Chautauqua, N.Y., this year but are excited to return and see you all next year.”
Now Live: Brand New Online Planning, Ticketing Experiences
We're proud this week to relaunch two of Chautauqua's most prominent online homes: chq.org, our flagship website, and tickets.chq.org, our new online ticketing platform. Both are designed to significantly improve your experience in planning and making purchases for your Chautauqua experience.

At chq.org, navigate Chautauqua based on time of year, discovering anew the richness of our Summer Assembly and also our quieter fall/winter/spring months. Use our new Experience Planner to plan around the most intriguing events, the most delicious dining, and the most comfortable accommodations. 
View chq.org Video Introduction and Tutorial
Originally intended to be in place for 2022 sales, we expedited our new ticketing platform to help you navigate the unique circumstances of our 2021 Summer Assembly, particularly the need for reserved seating at most programs. We're proud to provide you with a modern and intuitive ticketing solution. See a listing of upcoming important dates below. 

Note: Log in to your tickets.chq.org account with the username that was emailed to you on June 1. If you did not receive an email, please contact the Ticket Office, or create a new account if you have not ordered from us in the past. 
Browse tickets.chq.org and Create Your Account
Important Dates*
Main Gate Welcome Center open to the public: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT daily
Contact: 716-357-6250** • ticketoffice@chq.org
June 2
Traditional Gate Pass (TGP) holders:
 Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets
Visit the new ticketing site to see concerts included with today's pre-sale. To access pre-sale events, log in to your tickets.chq.org account with the username that was emailed to you on June 1. If you did not receive an email, please contact the Ticket Office.

June 6
Grounds Access Pass (GAP) holders:
 Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets
June 8
Price increase for long-term Traditional Gate Passes (moved from June 1)

June 9
• Release of 2021 Special Studies catalog on learn.chq.org and start of registration for in-person, online, and hybrid classes. There will be no print catalog this year.
• General Public, Employees and Volunteers: Sales of Popular Entertainment tickets and Performance Pavilion on Pratt reserved seating (including opera and theater events)
*All dates subject to change.
*Due to high call volumes, please anticipate longer wait times than usual.
Chautauqua Climate Initiative Kicks Off with 350-mile Bike Ride
Join Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative Director Mark Wenzler on our social media channels later this month as he begins his tenure in a unique way — a 350-mile #CHQtoCHQ bike ride from Chautauqua's Washington, D.C., satellite office to our historic Western New York grounds. Wenzler will document his five-day path through the mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania northwestward, using the trip as a teaching and learning opportunity as the Climate Change Initiative begins to take shape.
The #CHQtoCHQ ride is also aligned with Climate Ride, raising funds for the initiative and awareness of it and the critical issue of climate change. Chautauquans supporting the ride at the $250 level can receive one of a limited number of Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative bike jerseys specially designed for Wenzler's trip (see image).
The Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative launches with three primary areas of focus: education, stewardship and justice. Read more in last month's news release.
It's Back! Registration Now Open for Old First Night Run/Walk
Saturday, July 31 • 8 a.m.
There will be no race day registration, so early sign-up is highly encouraged. The traditional in-person race is once again sponsored by ERA Team VP Real Estate and the virtual "Around the World" race is sponsored by DFT Communications. Race proceeds benefit the Chautauqua Foundation. 
Register Here
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
LIVE
Chautauqua Opera Guild Presents
Opera Chat: "As the Così Crumbles: A Company-Developed Piece" with Chauncey Packer & Frances Pollock
1 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, June 8
  
LIVE 
Chautauqua Visual Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Asia Freeman
6:30 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, June 8
  
LIVE 
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Special Event & Preview
Bari Weiss
7 p.m. EDT • Thursday, June 10
  
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.
What's Happening on the Grounds
Chautauqua's grounds are open throughout the year for shopping, dining and exploring. There are no fees for entrance or parking until the Summer Assembly begins on June 26. All gates are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., no pass required. Track the status of our systems, facilities and operations at chqstatus.com. View updated resources here:
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UPDATE ISSUED:

REVISED 2021 Ticketing Update
Chautauqua Institution :: Your REVISED Weekly Digest
Change from Earlier Communications:
Long-term Gate Pass Sales Resume June 1
With apologies for any inconvenience this may cause our patrons, we have decided to delay the restart of our ticket and gate pass sales until Tuesday, June 1. We wish to take a few extra days to make final adjustments and train our staff on the new ticketing system so that we can serve you well now and throughout the 2021 Summer Assembly. 

The Ticket Office staff remains available for calls during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday). During this time, they can answer your questions and process your purchases of youth programs registration. The office will be closed for the holiday weekend, Saturday to Monday. Starting Tuesday, June 1, their hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time of many changes. Please see below the revised timeline for the next two weeks, including the additions of the launch of a new chq.org, and, given recent changes to state COVID-19 health and safety regulations, the resumption of Traditional Gate Pass sales for Weeks One through Five.
 
Important Dates*
June 1
  • Main Gate Welcome Center opens to the public (hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily)
  • Launch of the new chq.org (a video orientation will help you navigate the new site)
  • Launch of new online ticketing platform, at tickets.chq.org
  • Long-term ticket sales resume (planned Traditional Gate Pass price increase delayed to June 8)
  • Resume sales of Traditional Gate Passes including Weeks One to Five 
  • Release of next editions of Weekly Digest and "What to Expect" emails (due to Monday's holiday)
     
June 2
  • Traditional Gate Pass (TGP) holders: Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets
    See concerts.chq.org for a full listing of events that are not included with the TGP. Events announced after June 2 will include individual information on sales dates.
     
June 6
  • Grounds Access Pass (GAP) holders: Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets 
     
June 8
  • Price increase for long-term Traditional Gate Passes (moved from June 1)
     
June 9
  • Release of 2021 Special Studies catalog on learn.chq.org and start of registration for in-person, online, and hybrid classes. There will be no print catalog this year.
  • General Public, Employees and Volunteers: Sales of Popular Entertainment tickets and Performance Pavilion on Pratt reserved seating (including opera and theater events)
*All dates subject to change.
Checking the “Pulse” of CHQ Patrons: To assist us with planning and preparations for the 2021 Summer Assembly, for the past four months we have invited you to participate in a series of brief “pulse” surveys to collect your feelings and perspectives as they relate to travel and leisure time. The insights offered by your participation have been invaluable; thank you!

Today we invite you to complete one final survey. We ask that you complete this even if you completed any or all of our first three surveys. In this case, do not try to recall how you answered the questions previously. Please respond based on your perceptions and plans right now. It will be extremely helpful to us if you will take 2 minutes to click on the link below and complete Spring Travel Survey No. 4.
Complete Spring Travel Survey No. 4
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5/25/21

Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
For our last Weekly Digest of May(!) we have several new big-name entertainment announcements, plus your Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra season schedule and a variety of upcoming CHQ Assembly engagements. We’re also pleased to share a listing of upcoming sales dates for major 2021 programs, to help you plan out the coming month of anticipation before we gather again in community. Read on!
Countdown to Season: What To Expect
This is the sixth of our weekly “What to Expect” communications as opening day of the 2021 Summer Assembly approaches in about a month. We look forward to welcoming you back and are excited about the many and varied experiences we will be able to offer this summer. We ask that all who come to the Institution do so with a spirit of flexibility and “big picture” thinking. In a “normal” summer, it takes nine months to prepare a summer season, with much programming work having started two years prior. This year, we are still getting new information by the day that has profound effects on what we can do this summer. We will not be able to be as nimble or flexible as individuals or families can be. We must create protocols that work for our entire community — inevitably some will feel they are too loose and others will feel they are too tight. It is our sincere hope that the protocols in place this summer are in fact just right for a community that values inclusivity and includes people of all ages, immune systems, experiences and needs.
Read May 24 Updates and Clarifications
We’re Hiring! Visit chq.org/employment to view a number of full-time and seasonal opportunities on the Chautauqua Institution staff. 
2021 Popular Entertainment Announcements
8:15 p.m. EDT • Amphitheater
Week Five • The Authentic Comedic Voice
In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

Lewis Black: A Week Five Special Performance*
The King of Rant uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and finger pointing to expose the absurdities of life.
July 26
 
*This program is a bonus event for Week Five and will require a separate ticket purchase by all attendees, including Traditional Gate Pass holders. To maintain the same Traditional Gate Pass offerings planned for the week, the Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala, previously announced for 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 26, will take place at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, July 25. Access to the Alumni All-Star Ballet Gala is included with the Traditional Gate Pass, and a separate ticket purchase will be required of all other attendees. The planned Chautauqua Vespers program in the Amphitheater on Sunday, July 25, will begin at 7 p.m.
Week Five
Bill Engvall
The Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist is one of the top comedians in the country.
July 29
 
Week Three
Ranky Tanky
South Carolina’s global Gullah ambassadors and Billboard chart-toppers return to the Amphitheater to provide some “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR).
July 14
 
Week Nine
Clarice and Sérgio Assad: An Evening of Brazilian Jazz Vocals, Samba and Guitar
This rare father-daughter collaboration features Clarice Assad, Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and pianist, and her father, guitarist Sérgio Assad, of the legendary Assad Brothers.
August 25
 
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Announces 2021 Season
We were pleased late last week to announce the 2021 season repertoire of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director and Principal Conductor Rossen Milanov. The CSO in 2021 will offer 14 performances between July 10 and Aug. 14, with concerts in Weeks Three through Eight of the Chautauqua Summer Assembly, and members will also provide support to the Chautauqua Opera Company’s production of Scalia/Ginsburg. The season will also feature some important adjustments that provide for flexibility and creativity in planning. 

All CSO performances are included with the Traditional Gate Pass (TGP). TGP holders will have first access to reserved seating, approximately two weeks prior to the start of each week. Remaining tickets will then be available for sale to Grounds Access Pass (GAP) holders and the general public on a space-available basis approximately one week prior to the start of each week.
Read Full News Release
Coming Soon: A Brand New Online Ticketing Experience
All Chautauqua Institution 2021 ticket sales are temporarily offline until Wednesday, May 26, as we make final adjustments and train our staff on a completely new ticketing system powered by AudienceView, the best-in-class live-events ticketing platform. Be sure to bookmark tickets.chq.org! Originally intended to be in place for 2022 sales, we expedited this project to help us and our patrons navigate the unique circumstances of our 2021 Summer Assembly, particularly the need for reserved seating at most programs. We're proud and excited to provide you with a modern and intuitive ticketing solution — this initial beta phase offers an opportunity to orient yourself to the new experience ahead of its full-featured implementation for 2022.
Important Dates*
June 1
Main Gate Welcome Center opens to the public (hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily)

June 2
Traditional Gate Pass (TGP) holders: Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets
See concerts.chq.org for a full listing of events that are not included with the TGP. Events announced after June 2 will include individual information on sales dates.
June 6
Grounds Access Pass (GAP) holders: Pre-sale of Popular Entertainment tickets (including opera and theater events)

June 9
• Release of 2021 Special Studies catalog (online only) and beginning of registration for in-person, online and hybrid classes
• General Public: Sales of day, morning, afternoon and evening tickets; Popular Entertainment tickets; and Performance Pavilion on Pratt reserved seating (including opera and theater events)
*All dates subject to change pending implementation and rollout of new ticketing system.
Checking the “Pulse” of CHQ Patrons: To assist us with planning and preparations for the 2021 Summer Assembly, for the past four months we have invited you to participate in a series of brief “pulse” surveys to collect your feelings and perspectives as they relate to travel and leisure time. The insights offered by your participation have been invaluable; thank you!

Today we invite you to complete one final survey. We ask that you complete this even if you completed any or all of our first three surveys. In this case, do not try to recall how you answered the questions previously. Please respond based on your perceptions and plans right now. It will be extremely helpful to us if you will take 2 minutes to click on the link below and complete Spring Travel Survey No. 4.
Complete Spring Travel Survey No. 4
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
Visit chq.org/assembly for a full listing of upcoming programs
LIVE TODAY!
Chautauqua Opera Company
Chautauqua Opera Guild Presents an Opera Chat: "Scalia/Ginsburg"
1 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, May 25
  
LIVE
Chautauqua Opera Company
Chautauqua Opera Guild Presents an Opera Chat: Chauncey Packer & "CDP"
1 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, June 8
  
LIVE 
Chautauqua Visual Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Asia Freeman
6:30 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, June 8
  
LIVE 
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Special Event & Preview
Bari Weiss
7 p.m. EDT • Thursday, June 10
  
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.
What's Happening on the Grounds
Chautauqua's grounds are open throughout the year for shopping, dining and exploring. There are no fees for entrance or parking until the Summer Assembly begins on June 26. All gates are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., no pass required. Track the status of our systems, facilities and operations at chqstatus.com. View updated resources here:
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5 / 10/ 21

Weekly Digest 📰 2021 Update Webinar, New Concert Announcements
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
As the 2021 Summer Assembly draws ever closer, we’re pleased this week to invite you to an informational public webinar hosted by President Michael E. Hill to complement our weekly “What to Expect” posts. We’re also excited to share some additions to our 2021 concert schedule along with hotel packages for our previously announced opening and closing nights. Read on!
2021 Summer Assembly Update Webinar
We're pleased to present a webinar to update Chautauqua patrons on our planning for the coming season. This session will cover the outcomes from the May 8, 2021, meeting of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, including details on 2021 Summer Assembly program plans, gate pass and ticketing options, and health and safety procedures. President Michael E. Hill will be joined by members of his executive team for a live Q-and-A session following a brief presentation. If you are unable to join us for the webinar, you may view it after the fact at 2021.chq.org.
Thursday, May 13
12–1 p.m. EDT
Via Zoom

 
Countdown to Season: What To Expect
There are seven weeks until the start of the 2021 Summer Assembly, and on Monday of each of those weeks we're posting a communication to give you newly acquired information and to clarify previous statements based on your feedback from the prior week. New information will always be at the top, but we will maintain older information so you have it all in one place.
Read May 10 Updates and Clarifications
2021 Calendar of Events
Watch your mailbox early next month for the beloved full-color nine-week calendar! Our delayed publication schedule ensures your calendar will be as full of confirmed programs as possible.
2021 Amphitheater Programs and Popular Entertainment
8:15 p.m. EDT • Amphitheater
Week One
Wu Fei
A classically trained composer and vocalist Wu Fei is a renowned master of the guzheng — the 21-string Chinese zither.
June 30
 
Week Seven
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Opera Pops
Chautauqua Opera Company's 2021 Apprentice Artists take center stage alongside the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra for their final performance of the summer.
August 7
 
Week Eight
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Ella’s Great American Songbook with Capathia Jenkins
Join Chautauqua favorite Capathia Jenkins with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz in this tribute to the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.
August 14
 
Week Nine
Old Crow Medicine Show
Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling American roots band Old Crow Medicine Show makes their way to Western New York for their Chautauqua Amphitheater debut.
August 26
 
Athenaeum Hotel Specials
Opening Night Special with Chris Thile
Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Athenaeum Hotel after watching Chris Thile open the 2021 Summer Assembly.

Package Price
Rates starting at $354 per couple*
Available Sat. June 26
  
Closing Night Special with Smokey Robinson
Stay for the last night of the 2021 Summer Assembly with an all-inclusive package for two.

Package Price
Rates starting at $444 per couple*
Available Saturday, Aug. 28
  
Writers' Festival Early-bird Registration ends May 15
The 2021 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, fully online again this year, takes place over the four days (Wednesday to Saturday) before Week One of Chautauqua Institution's summer season commences. Register today at the early-bird rate and save $50! Click below for details on instructors, workshops and registration options.
Details / Register
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
Visit chq.org/assembly for a full listing of upcoming programs
LIVE 
Chautauqua Visual Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: John Sabraw
6:30 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, May 11
  
LIVE
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Special Event & Preview
Bari Weiss
7 p.m. EDT • Thursday, June 10
  
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
  • “Meet the Dance Theatre of Harlem” Arts Education Event Available On Demand: This Chautauqua Arts Education event is now available to view on CHQ Assembly. Enjoy this online, informal lecture/demonstration on the art and science of classical dancing as a fun and accessible introduction to ballet. 
  • Spring Arts Education Programming Now Available: Program content is now available for the Chautauqua Visual Arts Online Field Trip and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music School Festival Orchestra Concerts Online. Registration information for these programs can be found at artsed.chq.org.
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:
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5 / 4 / 21

Weekly Digest 📰 New Summer Concert and Lecture Announcements
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
We're pleased this week to share an updated copy of the full-season 2021 calendar of events, where you can scan all nine weeks of mainstage Chautauqua programming, all at once! Click here to download and print, or view it on your screen. Planning for our Summer Assembly continues apace, with several exciting concert and lecture additions included below in this week's digest. Read on for this week's listing of new announcements and upcoming CHQ Assembly programs.
Countdown to Season: What To Expect
There are eight weeks until the start of the 2021 Summer Assembly, and on Monday of each of those weeks we will post a communication to give patrons newly acquired information and to clarify previous statements based on your feedback from the prior week. Click or tap the button below for this week's updates and clarifications.
Read May 3 Updates and Clarifications
Dance Theatre of Harlem Culinary Events, May 7 and 8
Heirloom Restaurant’s themed dinner and brunch offered in conjunction with the multiweek Chautauqua residency of Dance Theatre of Harlem will take place May 7 and 8, respectively. Limited reservations are available via the button below. Guests will have exclusive televised access to recorded performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem dancers in Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio, followed by a live Q-and-A with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson.
Make Meal Reservations
Reserve Special Athenaeum Overnight Package
2021 Performing Arts Announcements
8:15 p.m. EDT • Amphitheater
Week Eight
Black Violin: Impossible Tour
The Grammy-nominated band returns to the Amp with its popular and unique blend of classical and hip-hop music
August 18
 
Week Eight
The Wood Brothers
The folk trio makes its Amp debut on tour for Kingdom In My Mind, its most spontaneous and experimental collection yet
August 20
 
Week Two
The Hot Sardines
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines return to the Amp stage
July 9
 
2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Announcements
10:30 a.m. EDT Mondays–Thursdays • Amphitheater
Week Seven: "The State of the Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?"
Nancy Marshall-Genzer
Senior Reporter, “Marketplace”
August 9
 
Week Nine: "Resilience"
Lynsey Addario
Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalist
August 23
 
New York State relaxes quarantine rules for travelers
Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021. Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations, is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous three months. Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing. More details here.
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
Visit chq.org/assembly for a full listing of upcoming programs
LIVE 
Chautauqua Lecture Series & Week Eight 2021 Preview
Shankar Vedantam
7 p.m. EDT • Thursday, May 6
  
LIVE
The Ying Quartet at Chautauqua
In partnership with the Eastman School of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival

Only Art Held Me, Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part 7
4 p.m. EDT • Sunday, May 9
  
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.
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:
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Weekly Digest 📰 2021 Ticketing and Safety Protocols Update, New Interfaith Confirmations
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
In recent weeks we've reached a number of our seasonal milestones in the lead-up to the 2021 Summer Assembly, including the opening of the Chautauqua Golf Club and Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel. Bestor Plaza flower beds have been tended. Lights are on at Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio as Dance Theatre of Harlem continues its multiweek Chautauqua residency. The drumbeat is palpable: A new Chautauqua season draws ever closer.

As we approach Week One, we know you have plenty of questions of how anticipated regulations and restrictions will impact your Chautauqua experience — today, we can offer some further clarity. Read on for those details and a number of exciting new announcements from our Department of Religion, plus a listing of upcoming CHQ Assembly programs (including a change in date for the next spring CLSC event).
New Details About Your 2021 Chautauqua Experience
Thank you for your patience as we awaited more definitive information from New York State regarding COVID-19 operational regulations and protocols for presenting organizations such as Chautauqua Institution. While guidance from the state continues to evolve, at last, we are at a point where we can share some detail about how Chautauqua will come to life in 2021 — and how that will be similar to and different from recent years. One thing we know for sure is that the experience each of us has at Chautauqua will depend on all of us approaching this summer with a spirit of understanding, flexibility and looking out for each other.

The continuing GOOD news is we will be together again on the grounds of our beloved Chautauqua. Through weekly email updates, we are sharing news of the worship, lecture, youth, education, schools, recreation, and performing and visual arts programs we are planning, and we hope you can see that our staff and collaborating preachers, speakers, teachers, and artists are demonstrating amazing creativity and innovation in bringing to life a diverse and exciting program for this summer. Your willingness to be creative and flexible along with us will make for an enriching experience for all.

That said, this summer will look very different. Click or tap the button below for an initial set of details distilled from a series of updated requirements issued recently by New York State related to how we can operate our venues, food services and grounds this summer. Please note that Chautauqua Institution is subject to these requirements and our operations must follow them. The Institution will do everything possible to implement these measures as efficiently and safely as possible, including to preserve and honor the Chautauqua experience that our community cherishes.

Before we dive into details, we need to flag one item: To manage within the anticipated capacities required by New York State, we are suspending sales of Traditional Gate Passes for Weeks One–Five at the close of business on Monday, April 26, until further notice. Grounds Access Passes will remain available. While we understand this is a step we’ve not had to take previously, we believe it a prudent tactic to help ensure we meet our commitments to you regarding your experience.
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2021 Preacher Announcement
10:45 a.m. EDT Sundays & 9 a.m. EDT Mondays–Fridays • Amphitheater
Week One
The Rev. Liz Theoharis
Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
June 27–July 2
 
2021 Interfaith Lecture Series Announcements
1 p.m. EDT Mondays–Wednesdays • Amphitheater
Week One: "21st Century Religion in China: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?"
Robin R. Wang
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
June 30
 
Week Four: "The Evolving Religious Narrative of America"
Rabbi Gary Zola
Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA)
July 21
  
Week Seven: "Creating an Economy that Works for All"
Ross Douthat
Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
August 11
  
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 Amphitheater popular entertainment events (pre-sale dates to be announced).
New York State relaxes quarantine rules for travelers
As of April 1, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. 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.
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
Visit chq.org/assembly for a full listing of upcoming programs
PREMIERE
CHQ Assembly Productions in Partnership with the Robert H. Jackson Center
"Liberty Under Law" Podcast Episode 1
8 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, April 20
  
LIVE • CHANGE IN DATE
Chautauqua Literary Arts
CLSC Author Presentation: Eliese Colette Goldback, Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit
7 p.m. EDT • Thursday, April 29
(Previously scheduled for April 22)

  
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
  • 2021 Chautauqua Music Camps: Chautauqua Arts Education is pleased to offer the Chautauqua Music Camps in 2021, during Week Eight (Aug. 16–20). Students will be able to participate on-grounds in one of three offerings: Middle School Band Camp, String Ensemble, and Jazz Combos. Enrollment will be limited to permit adherence to health and safety guidelines. Registration deadline is June 15. For more information and to register, visit artsed.chq.org.
  • Spring Arts Education Registration Open: Chautauqua Arts Education is offering three online offerings this spring, and registration is now open for any Pre-K to 12 school to participate. Information about the Meet Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chautauqua Visual Arts Online Field Trip, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music School Festival Orchestra Concerts Online programs can be found at artsed.chq.org.
  • White Named NAWA Artist of the Day: Chautauquan Lauralynn White was showcased as the National Association of Women Artists' Artist of the Day on April 14. White has served as an instructor within Chautauqua's Special Studies community education program and previously was curator/director of the Contemporary Art Gallery within the Red Brick Farm Marketplace in Mayville.
Maximize your generosity
Utilizing a corporate matching gift is a significant and easy way to leverage your generosity to support the things, people and places you care about most. You may be able to double, or in some cases triple, your contribution. To see if the company you work for — or have retired from — has a matching gift program, check with your HR/personnel department. To make a gift, visit giving.chq.org or contact the Office of Advancement at 716-357-6404 or advancement@chq.org.
Over 18 million individuals work for companies with matching gift programs, yet only 7% of eligible employees annually take advantage of these opportunities to maximize their giving. When you support Chautauqua’s programs with a charitable contribution, your gift may qualify to be matched by your employer, even if you have retired.
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:
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4/12/21
Weekly Digest 📰 2021 Theater Season and New Lecture Announcements
Chautauqua Institution :: Your Weekly Digest
Spring is in full swing at Chautauqua, and this week we’ve got another impressive slate of #CHQ2021 announcements, as you’ll read below. We’re particularly pleased and excited to share 2021 plans for Chautauqua Theater Company, whose leaders have designed a special season to accommodate all we expect to encounter this summer. Have you made your Chautauqua plans yet?
CTC Embraces Spirit of Creativity, Opportunity in 2021 Season
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) today unveils program plans for the 2021 season, including three mainstage productions at the open-air Performance Pavilion on Pratt Avenue, a modified version of the renowned New Play Workshops.
 
The mainstage performances showcase CTC’s versatility and commitment to elevating BIPOC voices, through presentations of Dominique Morrisseau’s Blood at the Root and George Stevens Jr.’s Thurgood, alongside original productions of the centuries-old Commedia dell’arte form. 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.
 
“Our team is elated to return to the stage with our beloved Chautauqua audience, and in a thoughtful way that ensures their safety and that of our artists and crews. In this summer of creativity born of limitation, we will discover much about ourselves and each other that we will carry into 2022 with the return of our full company,” said Andrew Borba, artistic director of Chautauqua Theater Company.
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Menus Released for Dance Theatre of Harlem Culinary Events
Chautauqua Institution is proud to host Dance Theatre of Harlem ballet company for a unique multi-week residency during the month of April, culminating with public events at the Athenaeum Hotel’s Heirloom Restaurant May 1–2. The company will record two performances at Chautauqua's Carnahan-Jackson Dance Studio for streaming at a later date on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform. The performances will receive premiere screenings at a themed dinner and brunch at Heirloom, followed by a live Q-and-A with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson.

Individual reservations and special hotel packages are now available, along with the "Spring in NYC"-themed menus for both meals.
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2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Announcements
10:30 a.m. EDT Mondays–Thursdays • Amphitheater
Week Two: "New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns"
Elizabeth Kolbert
Staff writer, The New Yorker; Author, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future*
July 6
  
*Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future is also a 2021 selection of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.
Week Two: "New Frontiers: Exploring Today’s Unknowns"
R. Alta Charo
Warren P. Knowles Professor Emerita of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
July 7
  
Week Six: "Building a Culture of Empathy"
Cheryl Strayed
Author, Wild; Host, “Dear Sugars” and “Sugar Calling” Podcasts
August 2
  
2021 Performing Arts Announcements
8:15 p.m. EDT • Amphitheater
Week Six
Amythyst Kiah
The singer-songwriter returns to the Amp to expand on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed in 2019 with Our Native Daughters.
August 2
  
Week Two
The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular
This stunning troupe features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy, family-friendly flurry of fun!
July 8
  
Youth Programs Registration Begins April 13

Beginning tomorrow, April 13, we're pleased to offer registration for 2021 Youth Programs at Chautauqua, including Children's School, Group One and Boys' and Girls' Club. You may register your Youth Programs participants by visiting chqtickets.com or calling 716-357-6250. Please note that availability may be limited depending on the week(s) selected.

For the 2021 summer, we’re planning to offer our traditional Youth and Family Programs with modifications to accommodate anticipated federal, state and local regulations to ensure the health and safety of the children and staff. These modifications will include reduced group sizes, changes to program structure, and optimization of outdoor space and time to ensure safety and compliance with New York state regulations.

Our leadership and staff will do all we can to curate an experience as “normal” as possible. At the same time, children and families should expect some of the same participation requirements they have honored in their home schools and other group programs, including the requirement of face masks and heightened attention to handwashing and other hygiene practices. We also hope to continue cherished traditions such as Air Band, the Fourth of July Parade, and special days at Club, to the extent we are permitted and able.

Click here to learn more about our Youth and Family Programs COVID-19 protocols.
Learn More and View 2021 Rates
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 Amphitheater popular entertainment events (pre-sale dates to be announced).
New York State relaxes quarantine rules for travelers
As of April 1, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. 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.
Checking the “Pulse” of CHQ Patrons: To assist us with planning and preparations for the 2021 Summer Assembly, over the next three months, we will be inviting Chautauquans to participate in a series of brief “pulse” surveys to collect your feelings and perspectives as they relate to travel and leisure time. We ask that you complete this even if you completed our first survey. In this case, do not try to recall how you answered the questions previously. Please respond based on your perceptions and plans right now. It will be extremely helpful to us if you will take 2 minutes to click on the link below and complete Spring Travel Survey No. 3
Complete Spring Travel Survey No. 3
Upcoming on CHQ Assembly
Visit chq.org/assembly for a full listing of upcoming programs
LIVE
Chautauqua Visual Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer
6:30 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, April 13
  
PREMIERE
CHQ Assembly Productions
CHQ Conversations: Roger Goodell
7 p.m. EDT • Wednesday, April 14
  
LIVE
Dance Theatre of Harlem in Residence at Chautauqua Institution
Conversation with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson
12 p.m. EDT • Friday, April 16
  
PREMIERE
CHQ Assembly Productions in Partnership with the Robert H. Jackson Center
"Liberty Under Law" Podcast Episode 1
8 p.m. EDT • Tuesday, April 20
  
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.
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:
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