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GRANT

Better than a Hallelujah: Grant returns to Chautauqua to perform songs new and old, with family

In 2004, the last time Amy Grant performed at Chautauqua, she brought her bike. She may be a six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, but, when it comes to biking, she considers herself more of a Katherine Hepburn than a Lance Armstrong.

“I certainly don’t have the kind of expendable income that would allow me to travel on a whim,” Grant said, “but because I travel with work … I’ve been to maybe a hundred different cities in a year. And sometimes some pretty remote and amazing parts of the country, and that’s why I take my bike; that’s why we try to hike or look around.”

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KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND

Get down tonight: KC and the Sunshine Band, Village People bring flare of ’70s disco to amp

Despite 40 years of performing in venues all over the world, everywhere from New York City to Sydney, Henry Wayne “K.C.” Casey, leader of KC and the Sunshine Band, still gets nervous before he performs.

“You always get nervous.” Casey said. “The day you’re not nervous is the day your career is over.”

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THE TENORS

Tenors’ loving care: Compassionate Canadian men’s quartet brings ‘healing and therapeutic’ worldly music to Amp tonight

Having just recently returned from Africa, the globetrotting male vocal quartet The Tenors travels to Chautauqua for the first time to perform at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. Originally a trio, today the Canada-based group consists of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray.

The Tenors have passionately supported a Canadian charity called the Bulembu Foundation for the past five years, Max Kubiak said in an email. Kubiak works as part of the group’s management.

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Drink it in: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre makes Chautauqua debut with three different ballet styles

At 8:15 p.m. tonight, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will end its summer season with three distinct pieces on the Amphitheater stage. This is the company’s first time performing at Chautauqua Institution.

Though the three works the company is performing tonight are not new, combining the three in the same show provides an innovative and eclectic mix of ballet; each dance is drastically different in period and style from the others.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSinger-songwriter Paul Simon and poet Billy Collins discuss the difference between song lyrics and poems during Friday’s evening conversation in the Amphitheater.

In conversation with Collins, Simon reveals stories behind famous songs

Chautauqua-centric entertainment reached a new peak Friday night when poet and perennial favorite Billy Collins compared his creative process with songwriter Paul Simon. The two discussed the qualities an opening line should have, their sources of inspiration and told the stories behind several well-known songs and poems, all with a heavy dose of charm and humor.

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SMITH

The faces of health care: Smith to explore health, wellness, power and vulnerability in monologues from ‘Let Me Down Easy’

Actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith is just one woman. But this is easy to forget when Smith is onstage presenting her “deeply individual and deeply moving” documentary theater pieces, said Sherra Babcock, Institution vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education.

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COLLINS

Conversations with Simon & Collins: Musician, poet talk shop on artistic process in Amp tonight

“Chautauqua’s very hard to describe,” said Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States, “as anyone who’s asked to describe it probably says.”

This marks Collins’ fourth visit to the Institution. He noted that whenever he comes to Chautauqua, it seems to involve some time-travel to a simpler, more thoughtful time. He described the place’s origins as very philosophical, which perhaps explains why so many people on the grounds are buzzing about the chance to spend their Friday nights watching a conversation between a poet and a musician.

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Cultural ambassadors: Erdoğdular, Makam New York bring Turkish music, dance to the Amp stage

Ahmet Erdoğdular came to New York with the purpose of educating Americans about Turkish music and culture. Erdogdular is the founder of Makam New York, a nonprofit organization that spreads the rich cultural and musical history of Turkey by performing across the country.

Performers from Makam New York will join Erdoğdular at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater to showcase “An Evening of Turkish Music and Dance.”

The program will include music ranging from classical to modern pieces accompanied by whirling Dervish dancers. Erdoğdular explained in an email that Turkish music was traditionally passed from teachers to students, generation after generation. Erdoğdular’s father comes from a long line of such teachers dating back to the 13th century.

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