2021 Season :: June 26–August 29


While the days ahead are rife with uncertainty, Chautauqua will convene in 2021 to wrestle with the critical issues of our time, considering ways in which we as individuals, families and communities have been tested and have responded, and how we move forward.

Our theme weeks for the 2021 Season will evolve in response to the world around us; as our lives change, so too will we adapt our work in order to present the explorations that are most needed at whatever moment in time we find ourselves during the summer of 2021.

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Planned 2021 Weekly Amphitheater Schedule
(Subject to change)
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10:45 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship 9 a.m. EDT Morning Worship
  10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series 10:30 a.m. EDT Chautauqua Lecture Series Masterclass (not in Amp)  
 Afternoon Program TBD  1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series 1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series 1 p.m. EDT Interfaith Lecture Series Rehearsal or Entertainment Load-In Rehearsal or Entertainment Load-In Afternoon Program TBD 
  Rehearsal Rehearsal Rehearsal      
Sacred Song Service Evening Chautauqua Entertainment Evening Chautauqua Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment Evening Chautauqua or Popular Entertainment  

Confirmed 2021 Programs

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  • Thursday, April 08, 2021 | 07:00pm EDT

    Steph Cha, CLSC Author, Your House Will Pay

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    A powerful and taut novel about racial tensions in LA, Your House Will Pay follows two families—one Korean-American, one African-American—grappling with the effects of a decades-old crime.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Thursday, May 06, 2021 | 07:00pm EDT

    Shankar Vedantam

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    2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series & Preview — “Week Eight: The Human Brain: Our Greatest Mystery” | Science journalist Shankar Vedantam is the host and creator of “Hidden Brain,” one of the most popular podcasts in the world. 



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 | 07:00pm EDT

    Bari Weiss

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    2021 Chautauqua Lecture Series Special Event & Preview | Journalist and author Bari Weiss joins Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill for a wide-ranging conversation reflecting on themes to be explored during Chautauqua's 2021 Summer Assembly Season.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Chris Thile

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    MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile returns to the Chautauqua Amphitheater to open the season with a solo evening of mandolin and song.



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  • Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 10:45am EDT

    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

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    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America...



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  • Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Co-Existence: Works by Cecile Chong, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, QiuChen Fan, and Cathy Lu

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    June 27–July 21 | This exhibition examines cultural signifiers and the notion of hybridity in works by four contemporary artists of Chinese descent who live and work in the U.S. Their varied practices interrogate the histories and metaphors of everyday objects like dishware, vases, plants, and ping pong paddles...



    Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery

     

  • Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Counterbalance

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    June 27–July 25  | Counterbalance features women working primarily in the media of Wood and Textiles, using a hybridized language of adornment and structure. Wood objects drape over corners and conform to the body, while textiles muscle in with bold color and rigid form.



    Location: Strohl Art Center/Main Gallery

     

  • Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Materials Redefined

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    June 27–August 25 | This exhibition focuses on seven contemporary artists who work with their selected materials in non-traditional ways. The result will be a thought provoking, inspiring show of pieces that have not been seen before in Chautauqua. 



    Location: Fowler-Kellogg Art Center/First Floor Galleries and the Angela Fowler Memorial Gallery

     

  • Sunday, June 27, 2021 | 02:30pm EDT

    A Massey Organ Movie: “Safety Last!”

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    Organist Joshua Stafford will accompany the film on the Massey Memorial Organ, following the arc of romance, comedy and drama leading up to the indelible image of Harold dangling from the hands of a large clock, high above a busy street.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

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    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, June 28, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Somini Sengupta

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    Somini Sengupta, currently the international climate correspondent for The New York Times, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change — reporting from the front lines of the climate crisis, and recently focusing more and more on both China and the United States’...



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  • Monday, June 28, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Kelly James Clark

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    Kelly James Clark, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame), is former Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  He has held visiting appointments at Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews, and the University of Notre Dame. 



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  • Monday, June 28, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    Music School Festival Orchestra: Opening Night

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    In their first performance of the 2021 season, the Music School Festival Orchestra (MSFO) will delight the audience with a contemporary piece title “River of Doubt” by composer, Patrick Harlin.



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  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 09:00am EDT

    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis

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    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 10:30am EDT

    Mei Fong

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    Mei Fong is an author and journalist, whose work covering Hong Kong and China earned her a shared Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Her stories on China’s migrant workers also won a 2006 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Correspondents Club...



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Fenggang Yang

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    Fenggang Yang is Professor of Sociology and the founding Director of the Center on Religion and the Global East at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as the founding Editor of the Review of Religion and Chinese Society. 



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  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 08:15pm EDT

    ChamberFest Cleveland

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    Since its founding in 2011 by Franklin Cohen, Principal Clarinet Emeritus of The Cleveland Orchestra, and his daughter Diana Cohen, Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, ChamberFest Cleveland (CFC) has grown from a five-concert series to a multi-disciplinary, acclaimed three-week festival.



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