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

    Episode 1

    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

    Episode 2

    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

    Episode 3

    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...

  • Wynton Marsalis in Conversation with Jon Batiste

    Episode 4

    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 ...

  • Wynton Marsalis in conversation with the Most Rev. Michael Curry

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 12 p.m. EDT Thursday, October 15, 2020.

    Famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis speaks with Michael Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.

    ABOUT PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY

    Presiding Bishop Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop ...

  • Nicola Benedetti on Performance, Preparation and Practice

    Episode 6

    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...

  • Piano Recitals 2020

    Episode 7

    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.

    About Cha...

  • The House On Mango Street with Sandra Cisneros and Derek Bermel

    Episode 8

    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...

  • Ying Quartet

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 24, 2020.

    Program:
    Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, op. 95, "Serioso"
    Antonin Dvořák: Quartet in E-flat major, op. 51, "Slavonic”

    Coming to you live from Lenna Hall at Chautauqua Institution, the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet occupies a positi...

  • CSO Rebroadcast: Strauss’s Don Quixote

    Episode 10

    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...

  • Berofsky Piano Quartet

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 17, 2020.

    Program:
    -W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
    -Charles Berofsky: Uneasy Dreams
    -Antonín Dvořák: Allegro con Fuoco from Piano Quartet in E-flat major, B. 162, op. 87

    Chautauqua School of Music faculty members Aaron Berofsky, v...

  • CSO Rebroadcast: Wagner and Rachmaninoff

    Episode 12

    Rebroadcast at 8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 13, 2020.

    Originally performed on 7/2/2019 and 8/8/2019.

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Rebroadcasts - Selected Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.

    Join us online to watch selected favorites from CSO performances recorded in the Amphitheater during past seasons....

  • PUBLIQuartet

    Episode 13

    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...

  • Recitals with Rossen featuring Ilya Kaler

    Episode 14

    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...

  • Cantus

    Episode 15

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 3, 2020.

    Cantus performs for Week Six’s Chautauqua Chamber Music series.

    Cantus is an internationally recognized men’s vocal ensemble is widely known for its innovative programming and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaiss...

  • CSO Rebroadcast: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

    Episode 16

    Originally performed on 7/20/2019

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Rebroadcast: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (collaboration with the Music School Festival Orchestra)

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Rebroadcasts

    Selected Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.

    Join us online to watch selected favorites from CSO ...

  • Recitals with Rossen featuring Maja Bogdanovic and Daniel Rowland

    Episode 17

    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...

  • Two Russians, Eight Strings

    Episode 18

    Originally broadcast at 4:00 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27, 2020.

    Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce:

    Into the Music with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (Special Monday Edition)
    Two Russians, Eight Strings
    Monday, July 27, 2020
    4:00 p.m.
    CHQ Assembly – Live from Lenna Hall

    Join us fo...

  • The Switala Duo

    Episode 19

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 20, 2020.

    Program:
    Bartok: Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins (1931)
    39. Serbian Dance
    43. Pizzicato
    41. Scherzo
    Augusta Read Thomas: Silent Moon for Violin and Viola (2006)
    Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin Solo (2014)
    ...

  • Gina Chavez Performs

    Episode 20

    Originally broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 17, 2020.

    Gina Chavez returns to Chautauqua with a special online concert and conversation.

    Chavez is a 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Female Vocalist and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, Gina explores the true meaning of “Am...

  • CSO Rebroadcast: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Alexander Gavrylyuk

    Episode 21

    Rebroadcast at 8:15 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 16, 2020.

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Rebroadcasts

    Selected Thursdays at 8:15 p.m.

    CSO Rebroadcast: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Alexander Gavrylyuk

    Join us online to watch selected favorites from CSO performances recorded in t...

  • Music from the Other Europe

    Episode 22

    Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 13, 2020.

    Pianist Brian Zeger, violinist Nurit Pacht and cellist Tobias Werner perform music by Dvořák, Block, Janáček and Bartók.

    Brian Zeger appears regularly on the Guest Faculty of Chautauqua’s Voice Program and is widely recognized as one o...

  • The Artist as Citizen

    Episode 23

    Originally broadcast at 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, July 13, 2020.

    Joseph Polisi details the role of 21st-century artists, and their impact today.

    “Creativity is the human mind.”

    An interview with Dr. Joseph Polisi, President Emeritus & Chief China Officer, The Juilliard School.

    About Chautauq...

  • Recitals with Rossen featuring JIJI

    Episode 24

    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. ...