Describing Chautauqua to an outsider is a daunting if not futile undertaking but it means something deeply personal to the Chautauquans who have been returning for decades.
The Massey Memorial Organ is an important part of the Chautauqua community, and it certainly has been significant to Jared Jacobsen’s life as well. Jacobsen, 65, has been coming to Chautauqua for 60 years, and he has been the Chautauqua organist for 16 years. Jacobsen shares what it’s like to be an organist and how the Massey Organ changed his life.
There are about 90 pianos on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, and there is one man who tunes all of them throughout the season. From music lessons, recitals and rehearsals to evening concerts, Robert Bussell, a 53-year-old piano technician of 33 years, works intensively and practically unnoticed throughout the summer. He shares his story of being the unknown artist.
While there’s still a little more than a week left in the 2014 season, students in the Music School Festival Orchestra and the School of Dance bid adieu to audiences in grand form Sunday and Monday, showcasing their talents in the Amp with final performances on Chautauqua’s main stage.
The Rev. Allan Aubrey Boesak shared three turning points in his faith journey at Sunday Vespers in the Hall of Philosophy.
On Tuesday evening, hundreds gathered in the Amphitheater to celebrate Chautauqua’s 140th birthday. From the Drooping of the Lilies to the three-fold roll call, Chautauquans embraced the many traditions that are Old First Night.
They had all assembled for a single purpose: to ring in another Chautauquan milestone with a gallop around the grounds. Nearly 900 men, women and children gathered in front of Sports Club to celebrate Chautauqua’s 140th birthday with the Old First Night Run/Walk.
The Amphitheater’s main stage, the central hub of Chautauqua entertainment, has served as a platform for lectures and performances all summer long. On Thursday, the Chautauquans from Boys’ and Girls’ Club claimed that stage.
After a year of pre-production and two intense weeks of putting everything together, the night of Friday, July 24 is the last night before the opening of Go West!. Director Andrew Borba talks about the final work the team has left in less than 24 hours.
The CLSC Alumni Association hosted its annual Great American Picnic on Sunday on the front lawn of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.