Concerts at Chautauqua take many forms:
-Contemporary performances like The Avett Brothers, Straight No Chaser and Black Violin are among the acts you'll see at Chautauqua in 2018
-Orchestra performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Music School Festival Orchestra
-Chamber Music in Lenna Hall, including the Resident and Guest Artist Series and Student Ensembles
Health and Medical Services at ChautauquaAD
The Allegany Health Network Clinic at Chautauqua is open 8 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday during Chautauqua's summer assembly season. Walk in to make an appointment or call 716-357-3209. Location is 21 Roberts Avenue (near the Amphitheater on the street that runs behind the Brick Walk Cafe).
The Washington Ballet with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra    Amphitheater
The Washington Ballet consists of world class dancers forming an ensemble core with apprentices under the artistic directorship of Julie Kent. Together they perform a wide variety of works from the classical choreography of Marius Petipa and George Balanchine to contemporary pieces by Christopher Wheeldon, Ji?í Kylián, Hans van Manen, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and new creations by Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck. Every year the professional and studio companies bring productions of the highest caliber to stages throughout the national capital area including Harman Center for the Arts at the Sidney Harman Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Warner Theatre, and Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Julie Kent’s commitment to the development of both the dancer and the art form is fulfilled through presentation of beloved classic 19th-century ballets and landmark 20th-century works while reaffirming a commitment to commissioned works that will contribute to the evolution of ballet and its relevance in our times. In addition to being an iconic ballerina, Kent has the distinction of being the longest-serving dancer at American Ballet Theatre, having danced with the company for 29 years. Her extensive roles encompass the breadth of the ballet repertoire and as a muse to choreographers who have created works on her. Her continued devotion to serving the art form, to promoting arts education and to using her experience to nurture, train and develop the next generation of dancers are the tenets by which she will further elevate The Washington Ballet and its company, school and community engagement programs and initiatives.
2020 Themes and ProgrammingAD
Review the themes and programming for the 2020 Summer Assembly Season at Chautauqua here or click on the "INFO" button below. It won't be Chautauqua without you.
Popular Entertainment: An Evening With The Avett Brothers    Amphitheater
Returning to Chautauqua for their third appearance, The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves in 2009 with their major label debut, I and Love and You, landing at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. Since that time, their album True Sadness (2016) has achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY ® nominations. In 2017, the band released their critically acclaimed documentary, May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers. The film was released theatrically and on HBO to rave reviews, was shown at Chautauqua in 2018, and is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD. In November 2018, the band headlined a concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected. Their newest album, Closer Than Together, was released on October 4, 2019. Additionally, a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers, Swept Away, will have its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2020. “That moment in a concert we experience only one time. Once. Then it’s over. Gone. Poof.” —The Avett Brothers Clem Snide: Although much admired by some of music’s biggest names, (Bon Iver, Avett Brothers, Ben Folds), and praised by the likes of NPR, the AV Club, and Rolling Stone, Eef Barzelay and his band Clem Snide have managed to stay mostly below the radar for well over a decade. In the spring of 2001, the band released The Ghost Of Fashion which brought them tantalizingly close to mainstream success when the song “Moment in the Sun” was used as the opening theme for the hit NBC show “Ed.” The band made two more records and toured throughout the US, UK, and Europe at which point Eef Barzelay released solo records and tried his hand at scoring movies, most notably the 2007 Sundance hit “Rocket Science.” More recently Eef wrote the score to William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless,” had an original song at the close of Isabel Coixet’s latest film “Nobody Wants The Night,” and the Clem Snide classic “No One’s More Happy Than You” was used throughout a recent episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Festival: Piano C..    Amphitheater
Rossen Milanov, conductor Rixiang Huang, piano Alexander Kobrin, piano The core of Chautauqua’s 2020 Beethoven Festival features the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performing all five of the composer’s masterful piano concertos across three concerts, with each concerto played by a specially curated soloist. This performance will showcase Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Rixiang Huang (Chautauqua alumnus and prizewinner in the 2017 Chautauqua Piano Program Solo Competition) and Piano Concerto No. 5, commonly known as the “Emperor Concerto,” with pianist Alexander Kobrin (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist and Guest Faculty member of the Chautauqua Piano Program), under the direction of CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov. Chautauqua Beethoven Festival: In the 250 years since composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth (b. 1770), his name has become synonymous with the pinnacle of brilliance in classical and orchestral music. This summer, Chautauqua honors Beethoven’s unsurpassed legacy through a mini-festival that runs from late July through the first week in August. The festival will feature four Beethoven-focused Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances (July 21, July 28, Aug 5, and Aug 6) and one Chautauqua Chamber Music performance (July 27). In addition, CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov will lead a Beethoven-focused class, and David Levy, scholar and musicology professor at Wake Forest University, will hold additional seminars on Beethoven through the Special Studies department.
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes: Double Portrait    Amphitheater
It is with no small dosage of irony that highly acclaimed jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes close their dynamic new duo piano album with the timeless standard “Never Will I Marry.” Marry, they have, and happily marry, they do — in musical terms — on Double Portrait, a high point in their respective careers, and the first recorded example of one of the finest and most empathetic piano duos in jazz history. Rosnes, who originally hails from Vancouver, has been a prominent figure in NYC and the international jazz scene for many years. She has recorded 14 albums as a leader, nine of them for Blue Note Records, and has been the pianist of choice for such artists as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson and Bobby Hutcherson. Rosnes is also a founding member of the dynamic SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she performed and recorded for six years. Both pianists have been praised for representing the upper echelon of contemporary jazz piano aesthetics. Fittingly, TIME magazine once noted in a review that Charlap “approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved. He wants to view it from every angle — melody, harmony, lyrics, verse.” Rosnes was cited by The New York Times as “a virtuoso,” also noting that, in a concert, “no rhythmic inflection went unexplored.” Bill will also perform a Bernstein program with his renowned trio on Monday, Aug 24 on Chautauqua Chamber Music's Guest Artist Series.
Pilobolus: “The BIG FIVE-OH! Preview Performance”    Amphitheater
Pilobolus returns to Chautauqua for this special preview performance as they put the finishing touches on their new tour. For this 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future — in a thoroughly engaging new way. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus — that feisty arts organism — puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE-OH!, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. Truly an organism, pilobolus crystallinus is a light loving fungus with spores that adhere to wherever they land. The dance company Pilobolus will be landing again at Chautauqua to spread their light. Pilobolus has created and toured more than 120 pieces of repertory in more than 65 countries. They currently perform for more than 300,000 people across the U.S. and around the world each year. Pilobolus has been featured on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” NBC’s “Today Show,” the MTV Video Music Awards, “The Harry Connick Show,” ABC’s “The Chew” and the CW Network’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” Pilobolus has been recognized with many prestigious honors, including a TED Fellowship, a 2012 Grammy Award Nomination, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit    Amphitheater
What happens after an artist has achieved his dreams? That was the major question Jason Isbell was asking himself leading up to the creation of his newest album, Reunions, recorded with the 400 Unit and produced by celebrated producer Dave Cobb. After all, four-time Grammy winner Isbell is at the top of his game. He is widely acclaimed as one of our best songwriters and possesses a devoted audience who have pushed his last two albums to the tops of the charts. “Success is a very nice problem to have but I think ‘how do I get through it and not lose what made me good in the first place?’” he says. “A lot of these songs and the overall concept of this album is how do I progress as an artist and a human being and still keep that same hunger that I had when I wasn’t quite so far along in either respect.” Isbell’s solution: to go back in time with his hard-gained knowledge. The result is a seamless collection of ten new songs that delve into relationships with lovers, friends, children, parents, and one’s self. There are rousing anthems that will have stadiums singing along, lyrical standouts that highlight some of Isbell’s best writing to date, moving looks at youth and childhood, a deep dive into the challenges of relationships, and deeply personal songs about alcoholism and parenthood. All of them offer us an artist at the height of his powers and a band fully charged with creativity and confidence.
The Roots + Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue    Amphitheater
See The Roots and Trombone Shorty, two of the most acclaimed acts in?jazz?and?hip-hop, in a one-of-a-kind double-bill performance at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. The Roots: Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released 12 projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s Grammy nomination count to 12. Additionally, The Roots have become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday through Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th studio album…and then you shoot your cousin in May 2014. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Trombone Shorty's new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit of beautiful New Orleans soul — Laveau Dirge No. 1, named after one of the city's most famous voodoo queens — shows off our host's roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly, wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound — from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger — and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, "Music brings unity." (Please be aware this NPR tiny desk concert contains some explicit language)

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