Since her first summer on the grounds in 1987, Chautauqua Institution has been Katie Prechtl Cooke’s “happy place.” “Chautauqua provides
In his 1921 history of Chautauqua Institution, The Story of Chautauqua, Methodist clergyman and Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle leader Jesse Lyman Hurlbut wrote of the “Chautauqua Idea”: “education for everybody, everywhere, and in every department of knowledge, inspired by a Christian faith.”
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.
“I’m a Chautauquan, through and through,” Jo-An Webb said.
Whether performing at events like the president’s Bestor Society address or simply rehearsing in the School of Music practice shacks, the Music School Festival Orchestra students and conductors offer the Chautauqua community the opportunity to enjoy beautiful music each summer.
Key Private Bank helped underwrite An Evening with Jackie Evancho Friday in the Amphitheater.
At 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, the 14-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho will make her Chautauqua debut, performing with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in “An Evening with Jackie Evancho.”
Chautauqua Institution covers 750 acres, and traversing the grounds from its most northern to most southern points can be quite a hike. But last Sunday, members of the Bestor Society and various Chautauqua Foundation and Institution leaders made the trek to the south side of the grounds for the annual president’s address.
As the 2014 season progresses, the Chautauqua Foundation has been hard at work to ensure the Institution’s future on behalf of the entire Chautauqua community.
Each year, hundreds of Chautauquans pour their time, energy and resources into various volunteer efforts on behalf of the Institution. At 5:30 p.m. this past Tuesday at the Golf Club, a volunteer recognition reception was held to honor those who have participated in the different volunteer organizations at Chautauqua.