At 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amp, he’s using those frequent flier miles to spirit the Chautauqua Opera Company on sojourn to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as they rendezvous with the CSO to highlight the work of Broadway legends Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
The great thing about preaching at Chautauqua, said the Rev. M. Craig Barnes, is that “those who gather to listen are so educated and well read.”
Between the events in “All the President’s Men” and “Frost/Nixon” there’s a little-known yet gripping tale worthy of making a motion picture trilogy out of the Watergate cover-up.
Junior Guilders in flapper dresses, vests, cheerleading and gymnastics uniforms, and red, white and blue attire will tap dance, somersault, sashay and sing across the Amphitheater stage in their summer performance, Our World.
Welcome to the beginning of Week Seven at Chautauqua.
It’s 8 a.m. on a monsoon Monday morning at the Amphitheater, rain sheeting down as puddles circle the venue’s concrete rim. Most of the 12 morning ushers are already here, seeing and doing what needs to be done without being asked.
Many Chautauquans value the Institution for its wealth of programming, opportunities and activities. For Jennifer McDowell, Chautauqua represents a haven for her and her son, Peter, who has Down syndrome.
“The Old First Night race is one of three or four events that, over the last 20 or 30 years, has become one of the key elements of Chautauqua,” said Paul Ritacco, a longtime Chautauquan. “It embodies what this place is all about: tradition, especially family tradition.”
Some love it for the exercise, some for the competition and some for the commemorative T-shirt. But no matter what the reason, the annual Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim is a beloved and honored tradition at Chautauqua Institution.
Several decades ago, a group of monks shared a vision of a place where all people were welcome to reflect, meditate and pray. That ecumenical monastic order, the Taizé Community, gained popularity, and Chautauqua organist Jared Jacobsen will bring a program to the Institution inspired by it.