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

07252019 OurNativeDaughters VG 02Popular entertainers are featured in our open-air Amphitheater.

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Symphony Orchestra

081719 CS0 MS 05Performing 22 concerts including two accompanying visiting dance companies, our resident professional orchestra also provides musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera.

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072519 OneManTwoGuvnors MS 17Internationally 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

08062019 EveningTaikoza VG 06This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Chamber Music

081919 JLCOChamberMusic SY 05Instrumental and vocal music from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time.

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062619 Figaro90210 MS 04Chautauqua 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

08042019 RollingHillsRadioAfternoon VG 05Sundays are always free at Chautauqua — free admission to the grounds and a free afternoon show in the Amphitheater.

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Visual Arts

081519 FloraFauna Review DM 01The Chautauqua Visual Arts (CVA) 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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072919 AlumniDanceGala SY 11Chautauqua 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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