Chautauqua Week 4

Storyteller Garrison Keillor, US foreign policy experts to visit

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Four of its 2017 season.The week, which begins July 16 and concludes July 22, features presentations by renowned guests such as the pastor and author Isaac Canales, U.S. foreign policy experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, author Sandra Cisneros and storyteller Garrison Keillor.

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. Held in partnership with CSIS, the Week Four theme “Geopolitics Today” focuses on identifying and discussing the world’s greatest challenges — from climate change to terrorism.

The Interfaith Lecture Series, at 2 p.m. weekdays in the Hall of Philosophy, explores the theme “Religion and Statecraft Today: The Soft Power of Global Peacemaking” Lecturers this week come from a variety of organizations exploring and pursuing peace through interfaith dialogue in an increasingly globalized world. Increasingly, interfaith traditions are promoting new paradigms for conflict transformation, understanding, and collaboration through promising practices, rituals, visions, and ideals. In this week we will learn from organizations and individuals who are exploring and practicing these emerging paradigms for global peacemaking, reconciliation, and enhancing the quality of life.

The Rev. Isaac Canales will serve as the ecumenical guest chaplain for the week. Additional Lectures

3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, Hall of Philosophy: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, Chicago’s Fifth Star Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award, in addition to the American Book Award. She is the founder of Macondo Writers Workshop and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation. Cisneros visits Chautauqua this week to discuss her book “The House on Mango Street,” the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection of the week.

Amphitheater Entertainment

The Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala takes place at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16. Chautauqua is recognized as having one of the finest summer dance programs in the United States. This Student Gala gives Chautauqua an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent, dedication and grace of these incredible young people.

The Music School Festival Orchestra performs at 8:15 p.m., Monday, July 17. Music Director Timothy Muffitt serves as the conductor. The evening’s program features Jean Sibelius’ “En Saga,” Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Claude Debussy’s “Le Mer.” Tickets are $43.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s performance “Very Wagner: From Valkyries to Valhalla” takes place at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 18. Rossen Milanov serves as the conductor. The evening’s program features Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walk˘re, “Forest Murmurs” from Siegfried, “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Funeral Music” from Gatterd–mmerung and “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold. Tickets are $20.

At 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, July, 19, Charlotte Ballet in Residence presents an evening of innovative and exciting dance. World-premiere choreography will highlight an evening of the dramatic and fanciful in contemporary dance. Tickets are $20.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performs again this week at 8:15 p.m., Thursday, July 20. Milanov serves as the conductor and Bella Hristova as the violinist. The evening’s program features stor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47. Tickets are $43. A pre-performance lecture will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary.

“An Evening with Garrison Keillor” takes place at 8:15 p.m., Friday, July 21. Heard by millions of listeners on his iconic public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor continues to walk and talk the best of Americana. Blending poetry, song and his famous down-to-earth musings about life in the American Midwest, the masterful storyteller captivates audiences across the country with his unique gift of observation in intimate, solo performances. Tickets are $43-73. Preferred seating is available.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra presents an inter-arts collaborative performance with the Chautauqua Theater Company at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, July 22. The artists will combine their talents on composer Derek Bermel’s new “Mango Suite,” a 45- to 50-minute symphonic work inspired by Sandra Cisneros’ short novel “The House on Mango Street.” The CSO program also features Leonard Bernstein’s “Fancy Free,” and Milanov serves as the conductor. Tickets are $43. A pre-performance lecture will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the Hurlbut Church sanctuary.

Alternative Entertainment Options

Chautauqua Theater Company closes its run of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” with 2:15 p.m. performances Saturday and Sunday in Bratton Theater. The piece is a roller-coaster, side-splittingly funny look at theatre — both onstage and off – as a hapless troupe of actors attempt to mount a dreadful, ill-fated farce of a play. Tickets are $35. Chautauqua Theater Company stages its first production of “Detroit ’67” at 8 p.m., Friday, July 21, in Bratton Theater. Written by Dominique Morisseau, a 2016 Obie Award Winner and the 2014 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, this moving, sharp-eyed drama filled with the iconic music of the time, explores the resilience of one family’s — and one American city’s — survival. Tickets are $35. Additional productions will take place Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 p.m and during the following week.

The Chautauqua Winds perform at 4 p.m., Monday, July 17, in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall as part of Chautauqua’s Logan Chamber Music Series.

Chinese acrobat Li Liu performs at 5 and 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, in Smith Wilkes Hall. In this one-woman acrobatic performance, Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolo, foot juggling and Chinese Kung Fu fan manipulation. A limited number of volunteers get to join her on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. Celebrate Chinese culture as Liu teaches Chinese phrases and brings ancient rituals to life. This is a free family event; free passes can be picked up at the Main Gate Welcome Center.

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 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.