Chautauqua Institution welcomes 2014 with a new video that captures the variety of programming and community spirit that bring people to the grounds from across the globe. 



The 8-minute video is designed as an introduction to those unfamiliar with Chautauqua and will be available on the Institution’s YouTube page for easy sharing. Look for it this summer at the Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza. 
Click here to view and share the video

 

Lecture Platform Announcements
The Department of Education is pleased to announce the addition of former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt and former CIA deputy directorMichael Morell to this summer's Amphitheater Lecture Series.
 
Babbitt will speak on Thursday, July 24, as part of Week Five’s exploration of “The American West.”
 


Morell joins Fareed Zakaria during Week Eight’s “Chautauqua’s Global Public Square” (exact lecture date to be announced). Click here to watch a recent "60 Minutes" interview with Morell.





The Department of Religion has also announced the return of Krista Tippett, host of public radio’s “On Being” and creator of the Civil Conversations Project, who will lead a week of conversations for the Interfaith Lecture Series in Week Seven (Aug. 4-8). 
 

 

 


Chautauqua Theater Company recently announced its 2014 season of productions on the Bratton Theater stage.
 
Following the CTC production of Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” last summer, the company begins its 2014 Season with the Chautauqua premiere of Lorraine Hansbury’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” running June 27 through July 6. “The May Queen,” a new play commissioned by Chautauqua Institution and written by Molly Smith Metzler, runs July 18–27. CTC’s season culminates with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” running Aug. 8–15. CTC partners with Chautauqua’s other arts programs for this summer's inter-arts collaboration, titled “Go West!,” on Saturday, July 26, and celebrates 10 years of new play development with two staged readings in its New Play Workshop.
 
Click here to learn more about CTC’s exciting 2014 Season. Tickets go on sale April 1. 
 

Sleigh Rally
The Currier & Ives Sleigh Rally returns to Chautauqua on Sunday, Jan. 19. Horses will be put to a variety of vehicles to compete in pleasure driving, obstacle and other classes. Spectators may also take sleigh rides throughout the grounds. Click here for more information.
 
Horse-drawn sleigh rides at Chautauqua also run every Saturday and Sunday through the winter. Rides run every half-hour from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chautauqua Bookstore. 
 



Franklin reflects on MLK legacy
The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, who began his duties as the new director of Chautauqua’s Department of Religion earlier this month, will be the guest speaker for the Martin Luther King Center in Erie at the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. For more information, call 814.459.2761.
 
Franklin will also join the Chautauqua family for its annual celebration of King’s legacy at Hurlbut Church at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20. The event will be followed by a community lunch hosted by Hurlbut.

 

Chautauqua Institution welcomes 2014 with a new video that captures the variety of programming and community spirit that bring people to the grounds from across the globe. 



The 8-minute video is designed as an introduction to those unfamiliar with Chautauqua and will be available on the Institution’s YouTube page for easy sharing. Look for it this summer at the Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza. 
Click here to view and share the video

 
Lecture Platform Announcements
The Department of Education is pleased to announce the addition of former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt and former CIA deputy directorMichael Morell to this summer's Amphitheater Lecture Series.
 
Babbitt will speak on Thursday, July 24, as part of Week Five’s exploration of “The American West.”
 


Morell joins Fareed Zakaria during Week Eight’s “Chautauqua’s Global Public Square” (exact lecture date to be announced). Click here to watch a recent "60 Minutes" interview with Morell.





The Department of Religion has also announced the return of Krista Tippett, host of public radio’s “On Being” and creator of the Civil Conversations Project, who will lead a week of conversations for the Interfaith Lecture Series in Week Seven (Aug. 4-8). 
 


Chautauqua Theater Company recently announced its 2014 season of productions on the Bratton Theater stage.
 
Following the CTC production of Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” last summer, the company begins its 2014 Season with the Chautauqua premiere of Lorraine Hansbury’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” running June 27 through July 6. “The May Queen,” a new play commissioned by Chautauqua Institution and written by Molly Smith Metzler, runs July 18–27. CTC’s season culminates with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” running Aug. 8–15. CTC partners with Chautauqua’s other arts programs for this summer's inter-arts collaboration, titled “Go West!,” on Saturday, July 26, and celebrates 10 years of new play development with two staged readings in its New Play Workshop.
 
Click here to learn more about CTC’s exciting 2014 Season. Tickets go on sale April 1. 
 

Sleigh Rally
The Currier & Ives Sleigh Rally returns to Chautauqua on Sunday, Jan. 19. Horses will be put to a variety of vehicles to compete in pleasure driving, obstacle and other classes. Spectators may also take sleigh rides throughout the grounds. Click here for more information.
 
Horse-drawn sleigh rides at Chautauqua also run every Saturday and Sunday through the winter. Rides run every half-hour from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chautauqua Bookstore. 
 


Franklin reflects on MLK legacy
The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, who began his duties as the new director of Chautauqua’s Department of Religion earlier this month, will be the guest speaker for the Martin Luther King Center in Erie at the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Awards Dinner. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. For more information, call 814.459.2761.
 
Franklin will also join the Chautauqua family for its annual celebration of King’s legacy at Hurlbut Church at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20. The event will be followed by a community lunch hosted by Hurlbut.


 
 
Opera and Voice Alumni News
Several recent alumni of Chautauqua’s Voice Program and Chautauqua Opera Company’s Young Artists program have made it to the second round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will compete in the semi-final auditions on March 23. Click here for more information.

 
VOICE ALUMNI
Sofia Selowsky, soprano
Lacey Jo Benter, mezzo
Raquel Gonzalez, soprano
Paul Han, tenor
Pureum Jo, soprano
Brian Vu, baritone
Diego Silva, tenor
Leela Subramaniam, soprano
Kyle Oliver, baritone
Andrew Bogard, bass-baritone
Jarrett Ott, baritone
Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano
 
OPERA YOUNG ARTISTS
Mandy Brown, soprano
Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano
Renee Rapier, mezzo-soprano
John Riesen, tenor
Rachelle Pike, mezzo-soprano

 
  Colonial Williamsburg hosts event with CHQ this February
Chautauqua Institution’s partnership with Colonial Williamsburg on “Emerging Citizenship: The Egyptian Experience,” which includes a week of Amphitheater lectures July 12–19, begins next month with a public event in Williamsburg titled “Turning Worlds Upside Down: Liberty and Democracy in Revolutionary Times” in Williamsburg Feb. 21–22.
Click here for more information.