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 | 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

     

  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 02:00pm

    Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D

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    Jennifer Dorsey, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and the founding director of Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution. 



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 03:00pm

    Flora / Fauna

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    July 25 – August 20 | Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Colorful ceramic works by  Steven Bowers, Sing–Ying Ho and Paul Scott, courtesy of the Leslie Ferrin Gallery in North Adams MA, will be shown together in this two and three–dimensional exhibition. 



    Location: Strohl Art Center/Bellowe Family Gallery

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 03:30pm

    Ilya Kaminsky, CLSC Author, Deaf Republic

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    Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear―they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. 



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 07:30pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

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    In Rossini’s lively comic opera, a young Count Almaviva (in disguise) is wooing the spirited and savvy Rosina, Dr. Bartolo’s young ward. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry Rosina himself, but Seville’s favorite trickster, Figaro, is on the scene to foil his schemes and help the young lovers unite, with hilarity and hijinks aplenty.



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Chautauqua Opera Company: ¡Figaro! (90210)

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    Vid Guerrerio’s contemporary multicultural adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro sets the action in modern-day Beverly Hills. Hollywood elite Paul and Roxanne Conti (Count Almaviva and Rosina) are now married with a daughter, and Figaro and his soon-to-be-bride Susana are undocumented workers on their estate. 



    Location: Norton Hall

     

  • Friday, July 26, 2019 | 08:00pm

    One Man, Two Guvnors

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    How hard can it be to have two jobs? This hilarious adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Comedia masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters plants us in Brighton in 1963.



    Location: Bratton Theater