Week One :: June 23–30

The Life of the Written Word

Language is a living and dynamic thing, passed along through writing. Words and the act of writing can erase or reclaim history, identity. We write to communicate our truths, and we read to understand, to gain new perspectives, new knowledge and new empathy. For these reasons, the literary arts find themselves at the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations in the U.S. and around the world. As the line between writer and reader is blurred, we recognize that human beings are storytellers as well as story readers. In this weeklong festival, Chautauqua builds upon its traditions as a literary community, and we hold up the power of language and pledge to be responsible stewards of that power.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Producing a Living Faith Today?

Who is God in a world that has been shaped by Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud and Einstein? What does the Bible really say? How do you deal with the supernatural in a non-supernatural world? If God is all-powerful, why is there suffering? What does resurrection mean? What does it mean to be raised into God? Christianity is bound up with these questions, and these are the questions to be raised in this week guided by John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal bishop of Newark.

 

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Alison Krauss

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    Alison Krauss’ new album Windy City features Alison performing 10 classic songs that she carefully selected with producer Buddy Cannon. Following Raising Sand, her platinum 2007 album with Robert Plant that won six Grammy Awards, and her 2011 album Paper Airplane, which won a Grammy Award...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 10:45am

    Rev. Karoline M. Lewis

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    Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College.

    Sun., June 24 at 10:45am | Mon., June 25 – Fri., June 29 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 02:30pm

    The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

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    The 2018 season opens with a Chautauqua favorite — the band that has participated in numerous presidential inaugural parades and supported many diplomatic missions overseas. Joining these instrumental forces will be the Soldiers’ Chorus, known for performing the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet, and Americana.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 03:00pm

    The 61st Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art

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    June 24–July 17 / Opening Reception Sunday, June 24 /  3–5 p.m.

    The Chautauqua Annual Exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country. For our 61st year, approximately 25 works from contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and ceramicists will be selected by a guest...



    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center / Second Floor Galleries

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 03:00pm

    Ties That Bind

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    June 24–July 17 / Opening Reception Sunday, June 24 /  3–5 p.m.

    Curated by Erika Diamond, this exhibition draws together contemporary artists whose works depict the structural intricacy and metaphorical connectivity of Lace.



    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center / First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 03:45pm

    Opera Invasion #1: Ballads on Balconies

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    Meet Steven Osgood at the Amphitheater Plaza to collect your route map, then follow the enchanting voices of our Young Artists from the Amphitheater to the Art Galleries on a mini walking-tour, ending at the VACI Gallery opening.



    Location: Beginning at the Amphitheater Plaza

     

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 05:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: As You Like It

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    Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods, the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.



    Location: Bestor Plaza

     

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 | 09:15am

    Rev. Karoline M. Lewis

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    Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College.

    Sun., June 24 at 10:45am | Mon., June 25 – Fri., June 29 at 9:15am



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 | 10:45am

    John Irving in conversation with Pamela Paul

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    John Irving, Author, The Cider House Rules | Pamela Paul, Editor, The New York Times Book Review

    Novelist and screenwriter John Irving is one of the most popular and respected writers in the world, whose novels have become American classics.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Shelby Spong

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    John Shelby Spong will present the 2:00 Interfaith lectures during Week One, Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 | 04:00pm

    Garth Newel Piano Quartet

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    The Garth Newel Piano Quartet is known for their spirited and impassioned performances that offer an enlivened interpretation of both standard and new repertoire. As artists-in-residence at Garth Newel Music Center, one of the premier and most active chamber...



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 | 08:15pm

    An Evening Piano Recital with Alexander Gavrylyuk

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    The extraordinary Alexander Gavrylyuk, now artistic advisor for Chautauqua’s Piano Program, returns for his 13th season at Chautauqua.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 10:45am

    Tyehimba Jess, CLSC Author, Olio

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    Author, Olio  This lecture will also serve as a CLSC Roundtable presentation.

    Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Shelby Spong

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    John Shelby Spong will present the 2:00 Interfaith lectures during Week One, Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece

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    Jon Lindseth, General Editor and Exhibition Curator of ‘Alice in a World of Wonderlands.’



    Location: Hall of Christ

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 05:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: Young Playwrights Project

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    Shows at 5 & 7 p.m.Don’t miss CTC’s public family offering of plays for youth, by youth! CTC actors will perform winning plays from surrounding elementary school young playwrights.



    Location: Smith-Wilkes Hall

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 07:00pm

    Sharon Louden, VACI Lecture Series

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    Sharon Louden, Editor, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life Series



    Location: Hultquist Center

     

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Black Violin

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    Black Violin is a mash-up of classical, hip-hop, rock and R&B featuring the classically trained violin duo of Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester and Wilner “Wil” Baptiste.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 10:45am

    Lisa Lucas

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    Executive Director, National Book Foundation

    Lisa Lucas is the executive director of the National Book Foundation, the organization responsible for the annual National Book Awards. The third director in the history of the Foundation, Lucas is also the first woman and first African-American at its helm.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Shelby Spong

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    John Shelby Spong will present the 2:00 Interfaith lectures during Week One, Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy