Performing and Visual Arts
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...
Wynton Marsalis in Conversation with Jon Batiste
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
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
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
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...
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 24, 2020.
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...
Berofsky Piano Quartet
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, August 17, 2020.
-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...
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
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...
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...
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...
The Switala Duo
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)
Music from the Other Europe
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
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.
Recitals with Rossen featuring JIJI
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. ...
ChamberFest Cleveland in Concert
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, July 6, 2020.
Launched in 2012 by Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinet Franklin Cohen and daughter Diana Cohen, ChamberFest Cleveland focuses on creating thematic programming for unique chamber music experiences in a variety of venues.
Diana Cohen ...
Memorial Concert in Memory of Jared Jacobsen
Originally broadcast at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 28, 2020.
The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson and interim organist Joshua Stafford remember Jared Jacobsen.
Jacobsen, Chautauqua’s longtime organist and coordinator of worship and sacred music, died in a car crash in 2019, shortly after completing his 65...
Cristina Pato and Mazz Swift: INVISIBLE(s)
Originally broadcast at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, June 29, 2020.
Cristina Pato and Mazz Swift perform and discuss their collaborative project, INVISIBLE(s).
Pianist Pato and violinist Swift perform solo improvisations on the pieces commissioned for their INVISIBLE(s) project and engage in a musical c...
Renee Fleming Master Class
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
The Voice Program is thrilled to welcome world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, as she leads a masterclass for our young singers in a private session on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. This masterclass will be broadcast on the Virtual Po...
Marlena Malas Master Class
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, w...
Ilya Kaler Master Class
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Today's violin masterclass features Ilya Kaler.
Ilya Kaler is one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today, with a career ranging from that of soloist and recording artist to chamber musician and professor. He is the...