Week Nine :: Aug. 17–25

Exploring Race and Culture in America with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center

The intersection of race and culture creates a unique vibrancy to American democracy, often channeling and challenging the ugly effects of racism, bigotry and inequality, past and present. In this week, we examine the different ways that race and culture shape and enrich our society, and how being responsible consumers of culture, regardless of our different backgrounds and tastes, matters to who we are as citizens and as an American community. We open and close the week with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who explores race and culture as a testing ground for the principles of American democracy.

Week Nine also features the third annual Chautauqua Food Festival on Bestor Plaza.

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Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Exploring Race, Religion, and Culture

It has been observed that racism is one of the most disturbing of historical cultural phenomena – speciously scientific, privileging some, and denying value to segments of the world’s populations. This week will explore how racism became enculturated, and will look for ethical realities, understanding, and cultural healing.

  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 02:30pm

    Barbershop Harmony Parade

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    This parade of harmony and joy has been filling the Amp for over 60 years with a cappella singing at its best. Several ensembles are selected each year, creating fun for the whole family. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 | 08:00pm

    Sacred Song Service

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    Closing Sunday: “Camp Meeting Is Over”: Final Chautauqua Thoughts
    The Chautauqua Choir and Congregation with President Michael Hill's Three Taps of the Gavel

    Location: Amphitheater