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Week Nine :: America’s Music with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Located on Chautauqua Lake, Chautauqua Institution offers an extraordinary blend of arts programming, educational and religious opportunities and recreational activities

The 2016 nine-week season runs from June 25 to August 28, during which more than 100,000 visitors will participate in Chautauqua’s mix of programs.

MORNING LECTURES 10:45 a.m. • Amphitheater

Admission is included with your gate pass purchase.

America’s Music with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center

Musical and artistic expression is a key characteristic of being human. When it comes to our cultural identity, few things are distinctly American as our music, and jazz is America’s singular contribution to the arts. No music tells us more about ourselves as Americans — or as human beings.

Mon. • 8/22

Wynton Marsalis, artistic director, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Tues. • 8/23

Geoffrey C. Ward, co-writer, Jazz

Wednesday. • 8/24

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Thurs. • 8/25

Wendell Pierce, Actor, author, The Wind in the Reeds

Fri. • 8/26

Wynton Marsalis & Geoffrey C. Ward

INTERFAITH LECTURES 2 p.m. • Hall of Philosophy

Admission is included with your gate pass purchase.

America’s Spiritual Songbook

America has not only embraced – but joyfully celebrated – the spirituality of music, and used it to bring an experience both exquisitely human as well as divine, both from and into human hearts, minds, and souls. In this week we explore the rich musical heritage of the American soul.

Mon. • 8/22

Dwight D. Andrews; Jared Jacobsen, organist and coordinater of worship and sacred music, Chautauqua Institution

Tues. • 8/23

Steven Darsey, author, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Music and Worship; Timothy B. Miller, tenor

Wed. • 8/24

The Rev. James Evans, author, The Ambivalent Gospel of Motown

Thurs. • 8/25

Michael Weis, cantor, Brotherhood Synagogue

Fri. • 8/26

Rabbi Kenneth A. Kanter, director, Rabbinical School, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Insitute of Religion

CHAPLAINS Morning Worship Vespers Service Sacred Song Service

Admission is included with your gate pass purchase.



The chaplains invited for the 2016 Season will once again represent intended theological, denominational, gender, racial and ethnic diversity, as well as ministerial context. As always, the Department of Religion’s commitment to diversity in gender, race and theological perspective is clear. The philosophy of the Department of Religion, from the beginning, has embraced and manifested the belief that an expression of these diversities is key to Chautauqua’s future.


The Rev. Dwight D. Andrews, senior minister, First Congregational Church UCC, Atlanta

Sunday Morning Worship (8/21) 10:45 a.m. • Amphitheater

Sunday Vespers Service (8/21) 5 p.m. • Hall of Philosophy

Sunday Sacred Song Service (8/21) 8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater

Monday – Friday Morning Worship (8/22–8/26) 9:15 a.m. • Amphitheater


The Rev. Calvin O. Butts, pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City

Sunday Morning Worship (8/28) 10:45 a.m. • Amphitheater

The Abyssinian Mass Friday 8/26 • 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater

Performance is included with your gate pass purchase. (You can also by single event tickets here.)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Chorale Le Chateau; Damien Sneed, conductor; the Rev. Calvin O. Butts, narrator

Raise your voices and lift your hearts during this hand-clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ gospel celebration! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, conductor Damien Sneed, and Chorale Le Chateau will perform Marsalis’ landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals. Commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, this performance will also feature the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. Come make a joyful noise!


All performances included with your gate pass purchase. (You can also by single event tickets here.)

Jazz, orchestra & dance performances throughout the week

Emerse yourself in a week of world-renowned performances and artistic collaborations.

Through a unique mix arts programs, Chautauqua celebrates, encourages and studies the fine and performing arts in a community where artists and audiences live together.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Performances
Monday, 8/22: 5 p.m. Lenna Hall
Tuesday, 8/23: With the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater
Thursday, 8/25: 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater
Friday 8/26: The Abyssinian Mass 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater

Garth Fagan Dance

Wednesday • 8/24 • 8:15 p.m. • Amphitheater

Now in its 45th season, Garth Fagan Dance is deemed “unfailingly original” by The New York Times. Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan’s dancers communicate with unbridled energy the depth, precision, and grace of Fagan’s work. For his choreography for Walt Disney’s The Lion King, Fagan was awarded the prestigious 1998 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Based out of Rochester, NY, this company has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Near and Middle East, North and South America, New Zealand...and now Chautauqua.

MASTER CLASSES Monday - Friday

Register for classes before you arrive: available this April.

To provide a deeper dive into the music, Jazz at Lincoln Center will also offer a series of master classes throughout the week.

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will lead daily sessions focused on a variety of musical genres, from “The Blues” to the “Great American Songbook.” Todd Stoll, jazz trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s vice president of education, will also offer three master classes during the week, on topics ranging from “How to Listen to Jazz,” “Jazz and Social History” and “Syncopated Leadership.”

Monday (8/22): Course 2210 The Blues, Sherman Irby, JALC Orchestra Member (9-10:30 a.m.)
Course 2209 How to Listen to Jazz, Education/Seton Hawkins (3:30-5 p.m.)
Tuesday (8/23): Course 2211 Gospel, Chris Crenshaw (3:30-5 p.m.)
Wednesday (8/24): Course 2213 Afro-Hispanic Music, Carlos Henriquez, JALC Orchestra Member (9-10:30 a.m.)
Course 2212 Jazz and Social History, Education/Todd Stoll (3:30-5 p.m.)
Thursday (8/25): Course 2214 The Great American Songbook, Ted Nash (3:30-5 p.m.)
Friday (8/26): Course 2216 New Orleans Music. Victor Goines, JALC Orchestra Member (9-10:30 a.m.)
Course 2215 Syncopated Leadership, Education/Seton Hawkins (3:30-5 p.m.)


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1 Ames Ave. Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722

Chautauqua Institution, located in the southwestern corner of New York state, is easily accessible via Interstate 90 (the New York State Thruway), New York Route 394, and the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86).

Come for a day: Everyone over the age of 12 needs a gate pass to enter Chautauqua’s grounds. Your gate pass gives you access to all lectures and events during Week 9. Parking passes are also needed. Purchase both passes at the Main Gate Welcome Center when you arrive. (You can also pay cash for parking when you enter our main lot)

Special Studies classes must be registered for separately, before you arrive.

Stay Overnight: Take advantage of our special package at the Athenaeum Hotel below. Gate passes and parking are included in the package.

Stay for a week: Make finding accommodations your first priority. Take advantage of our Athenaeum Hotel Package below, which includes your gate pass, or browse private accommodations online.

Additionally, our accommodations concierge, Myra Peterson, can help in finding accommodations. Call 716-357-6321.