Performing and Visual Arts

Performing and Visual Arts

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Our mission is to expand the lives of our audience within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of the performing and visual arts.

We seek to serve the purposes of the Institution by inspiring, educating, entertaining and engaging a diverse and growing audience; by serving as an integral part of the Chautauqua community; by exemplifying artistic excellence in presenting programs that celebrate both tradition and innovation; and by demonstrating sound financial stewardship.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Performing and Visual Arts
  • Clarice and Sérgio Assad: An Evening of Brazilian Jazz Vocals, Samba and Guitar

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

    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. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "...

  • The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

    *AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND until September 20, 2021.

    This internationally acclaimed brass ensemble is comprised of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audie...

  • Amythyst Kiah

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday, August 2, 2021.

    With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-colo...

  • Thursday Morning Brass & Old First Night

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 6:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

    Thursday Morning Brass & Old First Night

    To view this live program with Closed Captions, please visit https://chq.org/chq-assembly-captioned-events/ and enter password: CHQcaptions

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institutio...

  • Doktor Kaboom!

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

    David Epley grew up expecting to be a research physicist. Then a biomedical engineer. Then a mathematician, an astrophysicist, a chemical engineer and a marine biologist. So, of course, he became an actor. Enter — Doktor Kaboom! Dokto...

  • Ranky Tanky

    Episode 6

    *AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND until August 27, 2021.

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

    South Carolina’s global Gullah ambassadors and Billboard chart-toppers making “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR) return to the Chautauqua Amphitheater! Since their performance here in 2018,...

  • The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 8, 2021.

    This stunning troupe features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy, family-friendly flurry of fun! The show is performed by a cast of world record-holders, grand champions and variety entertainers who have been seen ...

  • Alicia Olatuja: “Intuition — Songs from the Minds of Women”

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

    Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone,” Olatuja combines the earthy with the sublime, bringing a grounded relatability to genres as sophisticated as classical, as venerated as jazz, and as gritty a...

  • Chautauqua Theater Company's "Hello Chautauqua"

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

    Join the Chautauqua Theater Company and meet the 2021 Season Conservatory and Academy.

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive...

  • Music School Festival Orchestra: Opening Night 2021

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday, June 28, 2021.

    Comprised of top-tier students from conservatories and universities in the U.S. and abroad, Music School Festival Orchestra members participate in a variety of musical activities during their summers at CHQ including chamber music and p...

  • An Evening Piano Recital with Alexander Kobrin

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

    Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Kobrin, winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn competition, presents an evening recital of works by Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms. Called the “Van Cliburn of today” by the BBC, Alexander Kobrin...

  • Chautauqua Piano Competition Winners' Recital

    Episode 12

    Originally broadcast at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 11, 2021.

    Bringing top young pianists from the Americas, Asia, and Europe to Chautauqua each summer, the Piano Program culminates in the Chautauqua Piano Competition, a highlight each season in the programming of the School of Music. This year, t...

  • An Evening Piano Recital with Jon Nakamatsu

    Episode 13

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

    Jon Nakamatsu, Chautauqua favorite and 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, presents an evening recital that will include masterworks by Mozart and Chopin. Each summer at Chautauqua, Nakamatsu leads professional-level masterclasses and priv...

  • Music School Festival Orchestra: The Marriage of Figaro

    Episode 14

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Monday, July 19, 2021.

    Once per season, the Music School Festival Orchestra collaborates with the Chautauqua School of Music Voice Program (chaired by legendary pedagogue Marlena Malas) in a magnificent opera performance. This summer, they will present a quin...

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem: Balamouk (excerpt)

    Episode 15

    Dance Theatre of Harlem: Balamouk (excerpt)

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, a...

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem: Chaconne

    Episode 16

    Dance Theatre of Harlem: Chaconne

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreat...

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem: Creating the Hazel Scott Ballet

    Episode 17

    Dance Theatre of Harlem: Creating the Hazel Scott Ballet

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship an...

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem: Orange (excerpt)

    Episode 18

    Dance Theatre of Harlem: Orange (excerpt)

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and...

  • Only Art Held Me, Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part VII

    Episode 19

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, May 9, 2021.

    Program 7: op. 131

    Coming to you live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution, the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances ...

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem: Conversation with Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

    Episode 20

    Originally broadcast at 12 p.m. ET Friday, April 16, 2021.

    A founding member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Virginia Johnson was one of its principal ballerinas over a career that spanned nearly 30 years. After retiring in 1997, Ms. Johnson went on to found Pointe Magazine and was editor-in chief f...

  • Eric Gutman’s From Broadway to Obscurity

    Episode 21

    Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, March 28, 2021.

    Premiere of: "Eric Gutman's From Broadway to Obscurity", which was recorded at Marygrove Theatre by Detroit Public TV and Detroit Public Theatre, is a musical love letter to both Broadway and Michigan. At the peak of his career playing s...

  • Only Art Held Me: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part VI

    Episode 22

    Originally broadcast at 4 pm ET Sunday, March 21, 2021.

    Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge

    Coming to you live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution, the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative per...

  • Only Art Held Me: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part V

    Episode 23

    Originally broadcast at 4 pm ET Saturday, March 20, 2021.

    Op. 95 "Serioso" and Op. 59, No. 3

    Coming to you live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution, the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communica...

  • Only Art Held Me: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part IV

    Episode 24

    Originally broadcast at 4 pm ET Sunday, February 7, 2021.

    Coming to you live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution, the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly ...