May 30, 2020

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 

The artistic diversity that is Chautauqua Institution includes the 74-member Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, drawing professional musicians from around the world for 21 concerts during the summer season.

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.


School of Music



Family Entertainment

Our Popular Entertainment events feature a dynamic mix of artists, musicians, entertainers and speakers, and attract crowds to our our 4,000-seat, open-air Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series features free performances in Smith-Wilkes Hall and select $20 performances in the Amphitheater. This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment ranging from music to mime, puppetry, dance and much more. Sunday Entertainment is free at Chautauqua; your free admission to the grounds includes an afternoon show in the Amphitheater.


Sunday Entertainment

Sunday Entertainment is free at Chautauqua; your free admission to the grounds includes an afternoon show in the Amphitheater.


Community Appreciation Nights

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Two evening concerts are selected each week, Monday through Thursday, with a single ticket price of $20.00.


LEctures category description

Chautauqua Lecture Series (Morning Lectures)

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


Interfaith Lectures

2 p.m., Monday-Thursday, Hall of Philosophy

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.


CLSC Lectures

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Heritage Lecture Series

Presented by the Chautauqua Institution Archives, this series combines the research of Archives staff with notable historians and Chautauqua scholars in order to explore the rich history of Chautauqua and its effect on American culture.


Special Lectures

Lectures sponsored wholly or in part by the Department of Education but which fall outside the normal 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater format will be posted as they are scheduled.


Visual Arts Lecture Series

VACI is delighted to present luminaries from the art world and beyond who share their work, current projects and discuss relevant topics of the day as a part of our Visual Arts Lecture Series. Located in the Hall of Christ at Chautauqua Institution, our lectures occur on Tuesday evenings from 7–8:30 p.m. and Sunday evenings from 5–6:15 p.m. Weeks One through Seven. Join us for this lecture series which is open to all. We welcome questions, feedback, participation and a lively audience. 

Our 2020 schedule is forthcoming. Stay tuned! We are so excited to share with you the guest speakers who will be coming next season.


VACI Galleries Exhibitions

Every summer, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) presents nine exhibitions in the galleries of the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg Art Centers, as well as the Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden. These diverse spaces allow VACI to host a variety of contemporary shows from nationally recognized artists. The focus in our galleries is on contemporary work in a wide range of media and sensibilities.

2020 Exhibition Schedule:

Strohl Art Center

Main Gallery:
Counterbalance | June 28–July 21
Pour Spill Drip Stain | July  24–August 25

Gallo Family Gallery:
T E N A C I T Y  | June 28– August 23

Bellowe Family Gallery:
Julie Blackmon Photographs | June 28–July 27
Glass Exhibition TBA | July 30–August 24


Fowler Kellogg Art Center

First Floor:
Wallpaper Diaries | June 28–August 3

VACI Open Members Exhibition: Places We Have Never Been |  August 6–26
Use all your creative talents for this thematic exhibition that will be shown on the first floor of Fowler-Kellogg Art Center August 6 - 26, 2020. Imagine a part of the world that you've never been to, space exploration, spiritual retreats or an unknown place you saw in a dream. It could be a space in an attic you have never visited, a horizon line in the ocean or a future home you see yourself living in. Works can be both two and three dimensional. We look forward to seeing your most talented efforts put into this 2020 Open Members Exhibition!

Second Floor:
2020 Chautauqua School of Art Student and Emerging Artists Exhibition | July 1–August 12

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