The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
Upon entering the Amphitheater, a friendly usher approaches, prepared to scan gate passes and greeting passersby as they enter the gates. Everyone, from vice presidents to first-time visitors, hesitates for a moment. Guests may feel a sigh of relief as they enter the Institution’s entertainment hub.
A swell of Chautauquans flooded Hultquist Center porch Wednesday morning, overflowing onto the steps and surrounding area to listen to the Trustees Porch Discussion, “Fine & Performing Arts & Inter-arts Collaboration.”
This year, Jay Lesenger celebrates 20 years as artistic/general director of the Chautauqua Opera Company.
Last Sunday, the Chautauqua Opera Guild held a soireè for the purpose of thanking their members and supporters, along with celebrating a very special set of anniversaries.
Coined by author Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass, the word “galumph” is a verb that means “to move with a clumsy, heavy tread.” In 2001, the term became also became the official name for an acrobatic troupe.
Four students from Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts will take their talents from the Amphitheater to the small screen next spring as features of a documentary produced by WQED-TV, Pittsburgh’s PBS affiliate.
As luck would have it, my decision to begin testing the Institution’s hearing enhancement system during a musical act was well-rewarded.
Marty Merkley, Chautauqua Institution vice president and director of programming, provided an overview of large- and small-scale collaborative arts efforts on the grounds during the weekly Trustees Porch Discussion last Wednesday.
It isn’t often that Marty Merkley recites rhymes in front of a packed Amphitheater, but he hopes that tonight will be one of those nights.
Merkley, Chautauqua Institution vice president and director of programming, will perform his rhyming adaptation of the narration that accompanies Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This year marks the British composer’s 100th birthday, and Merkley said that performing Britten’s most well-known piece to mark the occasion was a no-brainer.