Hall of Philosophy

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The Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution was designed by Buffalo architects, Green & Wicks in 1906. During the Chautauqua season, it is used for small lectures, often with question-and-answer sessions. The brick walk leads to Bestor Plaza in one direction and the Ravine in the other.
Vespers 5pm Mondays at the Hall of Philosophy
Cast in a vesper format at the close of the day and bookended by the beloved hymns "Day Is Dying in the West" and "Now the Day Is Over", these services combine the musical gifts of one of the world's largest singing congregations with the 125-voice Chautauqua Choir, all led by the 5,640 pipes of the Massey Memorial Organ. Many styles of music from the past five hundred years are presented, and a special feature is the inclusion of scriptural and devotional readings and prayers carefully selected to reflect each week's theme. Since 1907, every Sacred Song Service has closed with the playing of "Largo" from George Frederick Handel's opera Xerxes, a beloved custom which has been a vital part of the Chautauqua Experience for many, many people over the years. All services begin at 8 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
Chautauqua Dialogues
Join us Fridays at 3:30 on a porch at one of the religious houses to discuss the Department of Religion talks that occurred at The Hall of Philosophy. Sign-ups take place after the 2 pm lecture at the Hall of Philosophy Tuesday thru Thursday, or until the event is filled.
2019 Themes
Chautauqua's 2019 weekly themes are available for viewing at http://www.chq.org/2019

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