Week Five :: July 20–26

The Life of the Spoken Word

As consumers, creators and critics, we are experiencing a renaissance of the spoken word. We join together the history and modernity of compelling oratory to explore broader themes of social and intergenerational connectedness and the ways that our speech, our stories, bring us together.

  • The week begins with “This American Life” host and storyteller extraordinaire Ira Glass, in a Saturday evening Amphitheater special.
  • From political rhetoric and civil discourse, to the arts of theater and poetry, to podcasts and stories told around the campfire, what is the power of the spoken word?
  • Throughout the week, as we look to the future of the spoken word, we present ways to use technology to preserve our past, our history, our stories.

 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Chautauqua: Rising from the Ashes of the Burned-Over District

We refer often to Chautauqua’s beginnings in 1874 and its history going forward, but little-known is the history that preceded Chautauqua’s founding. The Chautauqua Assembly reflected many movements that had had their genesis in what was called the “Burned-Over District” resulting from the “on fire” religious environment and culture of the early 19th century in Western New York. The Assembly synthesized the religious passion of the age with its own unique contributions to American culture, as did other religious and civic expressions of the region arising out of that epoch. In this week we will revisit that incendiary era, and then meet some other religious and civic entities that have also stood the test of time.

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 02:15pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: New Play Workshop: How the Light Gets In

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    While grappling with her recent cancer diagnosis, a travel writer meets a frustrated Japanese architect, a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree, and a tattoo artist who doesn’t want to use his gift.



    Location: Bratton Theater

     

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Chamber Music Resident Artist Series: The Athena Quartet

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    Chautauqua School of Music faculty members Aaron Berofsky, violin, Kathryn Votapek, viola, and Arie Lipsky, cello/chair of Chautauqua Chamber Music, are joined by violinist Yehonatan Berick in a program of Ravel and Beethoven masterworks.



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 06:00pm

    Chautauqua Theater Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.



    Location: Bestor Plaza

     

  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Ira Glass

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    Ira Glass is the host and creator of the popular public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another 2.5 million downloading each podcast.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 10:45am

    The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

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    Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ 

    Sun., July 21 at 10:45 a.m. | Mon., July 22 – Fri., July 26 at 9:15 a.m.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 02:30pm

    Twisted Pine

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    Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos” and “tight harmonies,” this acoustic quartet deftly reimagines pop, rock and disco favorites.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Sacred Song Service

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    “New Every Morning”
    Hymns and Storytelling with Ken Medema, The Chautauqua Choir, and Congregation



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 09:15am

    The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

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    Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ 

    Sun., July 21 at 10:45 a.m. | Mon., July 22 – Fri., July 26 at 9:15 a.m.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 10:00am

    Masterclass with Marlena Malas

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    Chautauqua Opera Young Artists will work with Marlena Malas, Chair of the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program.



    Location: Fletcher Hall

     

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 10:45am

    John McWhorter

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    John McWhorter is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western Civilization and music history, and the host of Slate’s “Lexicon Valley” language podcast.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Spencer W. McBride

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    Spencer W. McBride is an historian and documentary editor at The Joseph Smith Papers and the author of Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Monday, July 22, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Damask Vocal Quartet

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    Damask Vocal Quartet gives “voice” to stunning and rarely performed repertoire for vocal quartet. Based in the Netherlands, Damask unites musicians of four nationalities: American soprano Katharine Dain, French mezzo-soprano Marine Fribourg, English tenor Guy Cutting, and Canadian baritone Drew Santini.



    Location: Lenna Hall

     

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  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 10:45am

    Larry P. Arnn

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    Larry P. Arnn is the 12th president of Hillsdale College, where he also serves as a professor of politics and history, teaching courses on Aristotle, Winston Churchill, and the American Constitution.



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Patrick Mason

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    Patrick Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, where he also serves as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. 



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 08:15pm

    Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Nutcracker in July”

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    Into the Music No. 3 | Rossen Milanov, conductor | JP Bonnefoux, director, School of Dance | Featuring students from the Chautauqua School of DanceRepertoire: Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss)...

     



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 10:45am

    Julie A. Washington

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    Julie A. Washington is the chair and a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, M.S.

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    Rev. Elaine D. Thomas, M.S. has worked in the metaphysical field for 49 years as a medium, healer, spiritual counselor, and teacher, primarily at the Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York, founded in 1879, the world's original and largest Center for the Religion of Spiritualism.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 07:30pm

    Jabali African Acrobats

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    Acrobatics, tumbling, a flaming limbo far, skip rope footwork and African drumming and dancing are just some of the electrifying feats that await you with Jabali African Acrobats. 



    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 10:45am

    J. Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier

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    J. Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier is the E Ola! Learning Designer and Facilitator at Kamehameha Schools Maui, where she provides campus support to provide a world class Hawaiian culture-based education to haumāna (students). 



    Location: Amphitheater