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.
Susan Dentzer will wrap up the Week Nine examination of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” — and the 2013 morning lecture series — at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.
Dentzer is a longtime health care analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” former editor of the journal Health Affairs and a senior health policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J.
Following the adventures of Bert, Ernie and Big Bird was an integral part of almost every American’s childhood.
But Paula Kerger wants people to know that there’s more to PBS than just Sesame Street.
Guest column by Paula Kerger. Kerger will give Friday’s Morning Lecture in the Amphitheater at 10:45 a.m.
The topic of happiness seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. From the recent cover of Time magazine to the highest levels of government, across the country and around the world, this topic has become increasingly important. What does it mean to be happy? How does the happiness of individuals contribute to robust communities? How can we build public policy that supports the attainment of happiness? What may seem like an unusual focus, given these difficult economic times, actually is a very basic human need, and is at the root of the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness outlined by our nation’s founders.
Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, recently returned home from a trip to Dublin, where she spoke on the impact of public broadcasters on vibrant communities. During two different radio interviews, she heard the now-infamous clip of Mitt Romney threatening to cut the government subsidy for PBS during his presidential campaign.
“I have to tell you, hearing it in another country being played back was even more stunning,” she said.
The title still-frame from the documentary “Chautauqua: An American Narrative” shows people gathered along the Clark Brick Walk, on the edge of the Hall of Philosophy, in full-color summer — a sight familiar to Chautauquans and one that embodies the Institution’s history from the first Assembly.
Some of the best and brightest musicians from the School of Music and around the United States will be on display for Chautauquans and a national radio audience at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
The NPR show “From the Top,” hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, will conduct a live taping of the program. School of Music violin students Laura Park and Alexandra Switala are among those performing on stage tonight.
The program is broadcasted on almost 250 stations to more than 700,000 listeners each week, and it pairs blossoming musicians with O’Riley for duets and teaching sessions.
Bonnie Crosby, co-founding president of the Chautauqua Dance Circle, never really cared much for Gene Kelly.
“My ideal dancer was Jacques d’Amboise,” Crosby said. “He was tall, he had very Slavic features — high cheekbones — he was a fabulous dancer with the New York City Ballet, and Gene Kelly was a hoofer.”
Still, she chose to center the CDC’s first lecture program, “Gene Kelly: Dancer and Innovator of the American Style,” about the revered “prince of Pittsburgh.”