Chautauqua Chamber Music, held in the intimate setting of Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, offers a variety of chamber music experiences each season with a diverse selection of guest and resident ensembles comprised of both instrumental and vocal music. Chautauqua is proud to announce the 2018 expansion of Chautauqua Chamber Music which now includes a Guest Artist Series on Mondays and a Resident Artist Series on Saturdays. Both series offer world class artistry and a wide variety of ensembles and genres, ranging from traditional string quartets and classical repertoire to jazz and contemporary music of our time.

 

Guest Artist Series

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This Guest Artist Series is dedicated to supporting and featuring full-time chamber ensembles of any make-up and genre that are committed to the intimate and powerful art of chamber music.

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Resident Artist Series

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Chautauqua resident artists include members of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, School of Music faculty and other guests that are in residence for an extended period of time.

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Student Ensembles

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The Chautauqua Institution School of Music presents a student chamber series featuring exceptionally talented young musicians studying at Chautauqua each summer.

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Supporting the Arts at Chautauqua Institution

VACI Partners is a member-driven organization with a mission to promote awareness, education, appreciation and excellence in the visual arts at Chautauqua Institution. The Partners support the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden, and the Chautauqua School of Art. VACI Partners encourages an appreciation for all forms of art making, by both professionals and amateurs. The Partners want all artists at Chautauqua reaffirm their commitment to their work, to listen, and to be challenged.

VACI Partners is managed by a Board of Directors who work closely with Sharon Louden, Sydelle Sonkin and Herb Siegel Artistic Director of the Visual Arts, and Judy Barie, Susan and John Turben Director of VACI Galleries.

Over the course of the season VACI Partners hosts events for its members and for the general public. These have traditionally included art fairs, lectures, exhibition openings, and fundraising activities. Events planned for 2019 are described below. Please join us and take advantage of all that Chautauqua has to offer in the area of visual arts.

VACI Partners Membership Application

 

Community Events

VACI Partners Community Events

Art in the Park 
Sundays, July 7 & August 4, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

An open art fair with 75 vendors held in Miller Park, showcasing art by members of the Chautauqua community, students from the School of Art, and artisans from the region around Chautauqua Institution. 


Opening Receptions for major exhibitions. View the schedule of exhibitions here.


Stroll Through the Arts Auction and Gala  
Each summer VACI Partners hosts a ticketed event to raise funds in support of student scholarships. This year the Gala takes place on Friday, July 26, from 5:30–8 p.m. in the VACI Piazza with music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on original piece of art. The Gala is not just a fundraiser, but also a community building event that raises awareness around the breadth and depth of the arts at Chautauqua. All proceeds benefit Chautauqua School of Art Student scholarships.

Tickets may be purchased in advance using the VACI Partners membership form or at the Strohl Art Center once the season begins.


Picnic Dinner for Friends of an Art Student Hosts 

The host program connects students in the School of Art to members of the Chautauqua community. Volunteer hosts, who are paired with students, are encouraged to share their Chautauqua experience by offering small gestures of support, such as a home cooked meal, a shared evening in the Amphitheater, or a ride to the local grocery. The connections between a student and a volunteer host can transform the summer experience for both parties, simultaneously integrating an emerging artist into the community, and bringing the ideas and process of art marking out of the studio to a porch front discussion. In 2019 the picnic will be held on June 27.

If you are on the grounds throughout the first six to seven weeks of the season you are welcome to volunteer to be a “Friend of an Art Student” by emailing VACIPartners@gmail.com.

Volunteers are requested to attend an organizational meeting on Tuesday, June 25, in the Strohl Art Gallery to receive an overview of the program and expectations for communication.

 

Concerts & Events

072217 CSO Milanov Hristova CB268Performing 22 concerts including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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Musicians

071517 CSO Music as Muse mpo 120The CSO is a professional orchestra that draws its membership from around the nation and around the world. It has grown from its original complement of 52 musicians to the current roster of 74 active members.

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History

CSOhistoryAn Institution orchestra of 21 musicians had been organized in 1903 by Henry B. Vincent, assistant music director at Chautauqua, and a swiftly growing music program included School of Music artist-teacher recitals and large choral works. 

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Support the CSO

071517 CSO Music as Muse mpo 073Enhance your symphony experience by becoming a member of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra League.

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Openings

07xx17 cso wagner ec805View open positions and application information for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

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Chautauqua Diversity Fellowship Program

0714 MSFO RLG03masterChautauqua Institution is pleased to announce the establishment of the Chautauqua Diversity Fellows Program, an expansion of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) groundbreaking Diversity Fellowship Program for pre-professional underrepresented musicians.  

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Mission Statement

The Arts at Chautauqua: exploring the best in human values and the enrichment of life

Our mission is to expand the lives of our audience within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of the performing and visual arts.

We seek to serve the purposes of the Institution by inspiring, educating, entertaining and engaging a diverse and growing audience; by serving as an integral part of the Chautauqua community; by exemplifying artistic excellence in presenting programs that celebrate both tradition and innovation; and by demonstrating sound financial stewardship.

Popular (Evening) Entertainment

0720 Straight No Chaser BCH 4Popular entertainers are featured in our open-air Amphitheater.

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Symphony Orchestra

080918 CSO Pato DM 14Performing 21 concerts including two accompanying visiting dance companies, our resident professional orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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Theater

081018 Breeches DM 18Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join 19 emerging artists drawn from top training programs to produce a vibrant body of work in the historic Bratton Theater.

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Family Entertainment

072518 PekingAcrobats HK 5This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Chamber Music

ChamberFestInstrumental and vocal music from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time.

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Opera

072518 Candide DM 57Chautauqua Opera is the oldest continuously producing summer opera company in the U.S. as well as the fourth-oldest American opera company overall.

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Sunday Entertainment

070118 AmericanLegionBand RR 1Sundays are always free at Chautauqua — free admission to the grounds and a free afternoon show in the Amphitheater.

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Visual Arts

071618 TiesThat Bind DM 05The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) includes the School of Art, the galleries of the Strohl Art Center, the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden and the visual arts lecture series.

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Dance

062718 CharlotteBallet HK 2Chautauqua showcases visiting dance companies each season, with wide-ranging styles from masterpieces in classical ballet to modern dance and contemporary ballet.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the lives of our audience within and beyond the Institution’s gates through the power of symphonic music.

We seek to serve the purposes of the Institution by inspiring, educating and engaging a diverse and growing audience; by serving as an integral part of the Chautauqua community; by exemplifying artistic excellence in presenting programs that celebrate both tradition and innovation; and by demonstrating sound financial stewardship.