CHQ Assembly is the digital expression of Chautauqua Institution — a nonprofit organization that exists to explore the best in human values and the enrichment of life. This exploration takes place in an interdisciplinary and intergenerational way that is characterized by a unique commitment to upholding the dignity and contributions of all people. We invite you to join us in exploring critical issues of the day through a range of experiences — lectures, artistic experiences, master and enrichment courses, and conversations — that combine to call you to your best self for a better world.
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.
Only Art Held Me: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part I
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, December 6, 2020.
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 fearlessl...
Only Art Held Me: Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, Part II
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, December 20, 2020.
The Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in ...
Wynton Marsalis in Conversation with H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo
Originally broadcast at 12 p.m. EDT Friday, October 23, 2020.
Celebrated jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis speaks with H.E. Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo, a patron of the arts who has dedicated her life to inspiring artists to create, generations to innovate and communities to unite and prospe...
Originally broadcast at 12 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 22, 2020.
Celebrated jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis speaks with Jon Batiste, the virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, record producer, educator and actor. As a teenager, Batiste began self-producing and releasing his music, as ...
Nicola Benedetti on Performance, Preparation and Practice
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Join Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti as she shares insights into the internal and external experiences of life as a performer. From preparation to performance, Ms. Benedetti will take listeners behind the scenes, givin...
Originally broadcast at 12 p.m. EDT Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
Enjoy hours of uninterrupted music from the world’s piano masters, including several Chautauqua favorites such as Alexander Gavrylyuk, Alexander Kobrin, Natasha Paremski, Sara Davis Buechner, Christopher Taylor and more.
The House On Mango Street with Sandra Cisneros and Derek Bermel
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 27, 2020.
Join us for a special conversation with writer Sandra Cisneros and composer Derek Bermel as we show selected excerpts recorded during Chautauqua’s 2017 world premiere of Mango Suite, while discussing how this collaboration has continu...
Rebroadcast at 8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 20, 2020.
Originally performed on 8/8/2019.
Join us online to watch selected favorites from CSO performances recorded in the Amphitheater during past seasons. Whether you were there for the original performance, or whether this is your first time he...
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 10, 2020.
Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretation of chamber music makes them one of the most dynamic ar...
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 6, 2020.
Described by the Gramophone as a “magician, bewitching our ears” for his hauntingly beautiful sound, flawless command of the instrument and mesmerizing phrasing, Ilya Kaler is the only violinist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky...
Recitals with Rossen featuring Maja Bogdanovic and Daniel Rowland
Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Dutch–English violinist Daniel Rowland and Serbian–French cellist Maja Bogdanovic join forces in this exceptional musical partnership. Since forming in 2018, the duo has performed all over Europe and the world, including engagements wit...
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 20, 2020.
Bartok: Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins (1931)
39. Serbian Dance
Augusta Read Thomas: Silent Moon for Violin and Viola (2006)
Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin Solo (2014)
Originally broadcast at 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation. ...