‘House of Cards’ creator among highlights of Chautauqua Week Seven

Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Seven of its 2017 season.The week, which begins August 6 and concludes August 12, features presentations by renowned guests such as writer Shaun King, former MI5 director general Stella Rimington and “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon.

Chautauqua Institution’s nine-week summer season features morning and afternoon lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. The morning lecture series will take place at 10:45 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Amphitheater. Titled “The Nature of Fear,” the Week Seven theme explores the many ways in which fear dominates and manipulates us, whether we are conscious of it or not. In addition, it focuses on the role fear plays in politics, advertising and media.

The Interfaith Lecture Series, at 2 p.m. weekdays in the Hall of Philosophy, studies the theme of “Spirituality in an Age of Anxiety.” Lecturers this week will not only work to identify the causes of contemporary anxieties, but will also study what secularists, religions and spiritual modalities can offer as antidotes.

The Rev. Robert Allan Hill will serve as the ecumenical guest chaplain for the week. He is the dean of Marsh Chapel and a professor of New Testament and pastoral theology at Boston University. His ministry at BU is rooted and grounded in the historic pulpit of Marsh Chapel, whose Sunday service is broadcast on NPR each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. (WBUR 90.9FM), with a weekly listenership of 50,000-100,000. As dean of the Chapel, he preaches most Sundays, leads the Marsh staff, gives oversight to all university religious life and guides pastoral care for the community through the chaplains’ offices.

Additional Lectures

A series of Chautauqua Institution’s annual Middle East Updates will take place Monday through Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy. On Monday Geoffrey Kemp, director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, will join Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, in conversation about the existential fears of the Israelis. On Tuesday Kemp will join Ghaith al-Omari, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in conversation about the existential fears of Palestinians. And on Wednesday Kemp will join both Feldman and al-Omari on political and policy fears.

12:15 p.m. Thursday, August 10, Hall of Philosophy: William Heyen is a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American literature in Germany. The author of numerous collections of poetry, his work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. His poetry collection “Crazy Horse in Stillness” won the Small Press Book Award; “Shoah Train” was a finalist for the National Book Award; and “A Poetics of Hiroshima” was a selection of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle in 2010. Heyen visits Chautauqua this week to discuss his book “The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts,” the first Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection of the week.

3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10, Hall of Philosophy: Susan Southard is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, and Lapham’s Quarterly. She has taught nonfiction seminars at Arizona State University’s Piper Writers Studio and the University of Georgia, was a nonfiction fellow at the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and is the founder and artistic director of the Phoenix-based Essential Theatre, now in its 27th season. Southard visits Chautauqua this week to discuss her book “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” the second Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection of the week.

Amphitheater Entertainment

Aside from the daily lectures, Week Seven features a variety of evening entertainment programs at the Amphitheater.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 6. Considered one of the greatest bands of all time, the Glenn Miller Orchestra boasts a unique jazz sound. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Step back in time to enjoy classics such as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo-choo” and “A String of Pearls.”

The students of the Chautauqua Voice Program perform with the Music School Festival Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. Monday, August 7. Timothy Muffitt serves as the conductor. As part of a series of Community Appreciation Nights, tickets are $20.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s “Botticelliano and a Cello Concerto” takes places Tuesday, August 8, at 8:15 p.m. Daniel Boico serves as the conductor and Harriet Krijgh as the solo cellist. The evening’s program features Ottorino Respighi’s “Trittico botticelliano,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, op. 45.

One of the most influential vocal groups of all time, the Four Freshmen will perform at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, August 9. Since the beginning, 65 years ago, the Freshmen have recorded more than 75 albums and 70 top-selling singles and have received six Grammy nominations. As the faces changed through the years, the integrity of the sound has been meticulously maintained. Die-hard fans and former members alike have agreed that the current lineup – Bob Ferreira, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey and Jon Gaines – are second to none. Tickets are $43-73. Preferred seating is available.

The CSO’s “Classicism to Iconoclasm” takes place Thursday, August 10, at 8:15 p.m. Rossen Milanov serves as the conductor and Anthony Marwood as the solo violinist; Steven Mackey is on the electric guitar. The evening’s program features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob. I/101, “The Clock,” Mackey’s “Four Iconoclastic Episodes” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, “Jupiter.”

The Chick Corea Elektric Band and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, two of the most innovative bands of the last 30 years, have finally joined forces and will perform at Chautauqua at 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 11. These two bands — led by 22-time Grammy Award winning piano master Chick Corea and 15-time Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck — occupy the top tier of truly thrilling improvised music. Sharing a marquee for the first time, they now make for one of the year’s most anticipated summer concert events. Tickets are $50-80. Preferred seating is available.

Alternative Entertainment Options

The JACK Quartet performs at 4 p.m. Monday, August 7, in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. The recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the JACK Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Kolner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland) and the Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia). Deemed “superheroes of the new music world” by The Boston Globe, the JACK Quartet is one of the hottest groups in classical music today.

David Gonzalez shares his “Cuentes: Tales from the Latino World” at 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 8. As part of Chautauqua’s free Family Entertainment Series, “Cuentes” paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero Juan Bobo to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for all.

The Chautauqua Theater Company begins its run of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” this week, on Friday, August 11, at 8 p.m. in Bratton Theater. Perhaps the most famous love story ever written, the play is a timeless tale of two young lovers caught between feuding families and swept away by the powerful nature of love. Tickets are $35.

Gate Pass Information

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $24. Afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $17. Combined morning/afternoon passes allow access from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $41. Evening passes grant access from 4 p.m. to midnight with the cost varying based on the evening entertainment. For tickets and information, visit chqtickets.com or call 716-357-6250.

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.

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