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Performing and Visual Arts

Performing and Visual Arts

3 Seasons

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
  • CHQ Backstage: Allison Russell - Interview

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

    After appearing with Our Native Daughters in 2019, Allison Russell returns to Chautauqua and joins Deborah Sunya Moore for an exclusive backstage interview.

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shore...

  • CHQ Backstage: Amythyst Kiah - Interview

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

    Amythyst Kiah, noted by Rolling Stone as one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets, joins Deborah Sunya Moore to discuss topics ranging from her career take-off, solo artistry and the music industry to personal identity, life ...

  • CHQ Backstage: Chanticleer - Interview

    Episode 3

    In the premiere of CHQ Backstage, three members of Chanticleer, a world-renowned orchestra comprised of 12 male vocalists, join Deborah Sunya Moore to discuss their personal journey to joining the group, their passion for the arts and youth education, and love of music that spans all generations....

  • CHQ Backstage: Chanticleer

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

    In this special premier of CHQ Backstage, three members of Chanticleer, a world-renowned orchestra comprised of 12 male vocalists, join Deborah Sunya Moore to discuss their personal journey to joining the group, their passion for the a...

  • CHQ Backstage: Amythyst Kiah

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

    Amythyst Kiah, noted by Rolling Stone as one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets, joins Deborah Sunya Moore to discuss topics ranging from her career take-off, solo artistry and the music industry to personal identity, life bal...

  • CHQ Backstage: Clarice and Sérgio Assad

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

    Clarice and Sérgio Assad, a father and daughter duo who’s legacy of musicianship dates back to the 1950s, join Deborah Sunya Moore to discuss their passion for music and their familial bond.

    Enjoy a preview of that interview before a...

  • The Definition of Insanity (2020)

    Episode 7

    The PBS documentary “The Definition of Insanity” is made available for viewing through CHQ Assembly by Norm Ornstein and features Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman. Ornstein and Leifman, joined by Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discussed the Miami-Dade Crim...

  • Manhattan Chamber Players

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

    The Manhattan Chamber Players are a chamber music collective of New York-based musicians who share the common aim of performing the greatest works in the chamber repertoire at the highest level.  Formed in 2015 by Artistic Director a...

  • Thursday Morning Brass & Old First Night

    Episode 9

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

    Thursday Morning Brass & Old First Night

    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 p...

  • Doktor Kaboom!

    Episode 10

    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...

  • The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular

    Episode 11

    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 12

    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 13

    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 14

    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 15

    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 16

    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 17

    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 18

    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 19

    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 20

    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 21

    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 22

    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 23

    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 24

    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...