Popular Entertainment

Our Popular Entertainment events feature a dynamic mix of artists, musicians, entertainers and speakers, and attract crowds to our our 4,000-seat, open-air Amphitheater.

Events

Popular (Evening) Entertainment
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Aretha Franklin - Canceled

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    We have learned that Aretha Franklin is unable to travel over the next few weeks per doctor’s orders and cannot make the trip to Chautauqua for her scheduled performance on June 24. We have the fortunate opportunity to bring acclaimed TV late night show host, comedian and Emmy Award winner Jay Leno the Chautauqua stage for Opening Night 2017.



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  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Jay Leno

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    Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist … Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”



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  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: Revelations

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    Ailey II begins its residency with a program built around Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this cultural treasure fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.



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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Hot Sardines

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    Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through The Hot Sardine’s brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol, who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice.



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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: New Works

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    Universally renowned Ailey II will capture audiences with this stunning new works program that will feature Bridget L. Moore’s Sketches of Flames. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble work.



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  • Friday, June 30, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Doo Wop Project

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    Having debuted at Chautauqua in 2015, The Doo Wop Project is back by popular demand! This a cappella group from NYC begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies..



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  • Friday, July 07, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Lake Street Dive

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    Featuring songs from their February 2016 album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive promises an evening of exhilarating feel from start to finish. A side pony, for Lake Street Dive, is really a metaphor for their philosophy and personality as a band, one that seamlessly incorporates R&B, pop, ’60s era rock, and soul into a unique, dance party ready mix.



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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Raleigh Ringers

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    This internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music.



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  • Friday, July 14, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Sheryl Crow — Be Myself Tour

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    A nine-time GRAMMY AWARD recipient, Sheryl Crow is an American music icon. Her eight studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven of them charted in the Top 10 and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales.



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  • Friday, July 21, 2017 | 08:15pm

    An Evening with Garrison Keillor

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    Gate pass or event ticket required.

    Heard by millions of listeners on his iconic public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor continues to walk and talk the best of Americana.



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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 07:30pm

    Rhythmic Circus

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    Home grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage.



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  • Friday, July 28, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Rhiannon Giddens

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    Giddens performs with “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues” (The New York Times). Known as a member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens comes to Chautauqua singing from her February 2017 album, Freedom Highway.



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  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

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    For the first time ever, audiences are experiencing a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history. This concert has sold out with orchestras in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Philadelphia — and Chautauqua is next!
    Watch the movie with live music by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra!



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  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 07:30pm

    Playing By Air

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    This frolicsome trio captivates audiences with a joyful fusion of music, juggling and circus in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. The award-winning performers of Playing By Air share their sense of playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults, families and children.



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  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Four Freshmen

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    Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners world-wide for 65 years, while gaining recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time.



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  • Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

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    Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s first performance with a live orchestra in the Amp. The program will feature excerpts from the beloved ballet Coppélia,...



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