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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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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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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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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