Week Seven :: Aug. 4–11

The Arts and Global Understanding: A Week Featuring the Silkroad Ensemble, Culminating with the Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

Art can create a culture; it can cross borders; it can sing of possibility. In this week of performances, lectures and workshops led and influenced by the work of The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, we focus on the role of art — particularly music — in a culture, with an eye toward cross-cultural collaboration and global understanding. We explore and celebrate cultures different than our own; we examine critically the path of good intentions leading from cultural tourism to cultural appropriation; and we look for ways that earnest understanding and a shared loved of our art and each other can perhaps change the world. The Silk Road Ensemble opens the week’s lecture platform exploring the notions of home through distinct traditions and personal stories, and continues its Chautauqua residency with master classes and performances. The week culminates with a morning presentation and evening performance by renowned cellist and Silk Road Ensemble founder/artistic director Yo-Yo Ma.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Let Them Eat Cake?  Defining the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, in which a Colorado baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, claiming it violated his right to practice his religion, will have been announced in June 2018. That decision will set the trajectory of the American religious world for years to come, defining the constitutional understanding of First Amendment protections for religious liberty, and determining its limits as balanced against other rights. We will explore both sides of the argument presented at the Supreme Court, and seek to understand the Court’s ruling and how it will impact religion in the future.

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | 07:30pm

    Theatre of Varieties

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    Preceded by Chautauqua’s Old First Night birthday celebration and vespers service at 6:45 p.m., this dazzling show includes the death-defying aerial feats of Viktoria Grimmyringmaster and juggler Michael DuBoiscomedian ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger, and spell-binding magician Kid Ace.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | 09:15pm

    Family Movie: "Coco" in Bestor Plaza

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    Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and join us in Bestor Plaza for Disney's "Coco."  



    Location: Bestor Plaza

     

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 10:45am

    Tayo Rockson

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    Cultural translator; CEO, UYD Management

    Tayo Rockson is CEO of UYD Management — a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps corporations improve their bottom line by incorporating diversity, inclusion, hiring, retention and social justice strategies.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Daniel Mach

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    Daniel Mach is the Director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.  He leads a wide range of religious-liberty litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts nationwide, and often writes, teaches, and speaks publicly on religious freedom issues.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Middle East Update with Geoffrey Kemp and Dennis Ross

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    Geoffrey Kemp, dir., Regional Security Programs, Center for the National Interest. 
    Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 08:15pm

    The Silkroad Ensemble

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    The Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represents dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 10:45am

    W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu

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    W. Kamau Bell, Host, CNN’s “United Shades of America”
    Hari Kondabolu, Writer, “The Problem with Apu"
    This program is presented in partnership with the National Comedy Center.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Frederick Mark Gedicks

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    Frederick Mark Gedicks is Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law at Brigham Young University Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and legal theory. Gedicks is widely published in the areas of law and religion and constitutional interpretation, including three books, Choosing the Dream (1991) ...



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Kao Kalia Yang, CLSC Author, The Song Poet

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    In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses. He keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

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    Rossen Milanov, conductor | Cristina Pato, gaita

    US premiere of Octavio Vazquez’s "Widows of the Living and of the Dead”



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 10:45am

    Yo-Yo Ma

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    World-renowned classical cellist

    World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 02:00pm

    John Pulleyn

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    John Pulleyn has been practicing Zen Buddhism for 50 years, working with the late Roshi Philip Kapleau, founder of the Rochester (NY) Zen Center and author of Three Pillars of Zen, as well as Kapleau’s successor, the current Abbot, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 03:30pm

    Gerrymandering

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    Justice Max Baer, Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Judge Maureen Lally-Green, Dean of Duquesne Law School



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, August 10, 2018 | 08:15pm

    The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

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    For this evening’s concert, which marks the culmination of Silkroad’s week at Chautauqua, the Silkroad Ensemble includes its founder, cellist Yo-Yo Ma.



    Location: Amphitheater