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7/20/2019 - 08:15pm
Sat. July 20th, 2019 08:15pm:
Preferred 1 seating is limited. Please purchase by phone,
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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. Under Glass's editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including six Peabody awards. In 1999, the American Journalism Review declared that This American Life was "in the vanguard of a journalistic revolution." Glass is sure to provide an evening of thought, laughter and ideas as we gather in the Amphitheater to engage with this master storyteller.
7/22/2019 - 08:15pm
The Music School Festival Orchestra (MSFO) is comprised of 81 of the world's most promising young musicians who are admitted through a competitive audition process. Each summer the MSFO delivers a six concert series under the direction of Maestro Timothy Muffitt, including joint collaborations with the School of Dance and Voice Program.
7/23/2019 - 08:15pm
7/24/2019 - 07:30pm
Acrobatics, tumbling, a flamingo limbo bar, skip rope footwork, and African drumming and dancing are just some of the electrifying feats that await you with Jabali African Acrobats. This group has performed at many of the world's top arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Adelaide Festival in Australia, the Tokyo Festival in Japan, Circo Moira Orfei, and Gatherland Park Verona in Italy. Additionally, they have performed at various international children's festivals and performing arts centers throughout the United States and Canada. Having performed for President Clinton in the White House, these acrobats are ready to set the stage on fire for their debut performance at Chautauqua!
7/25/2019 - 08:15pm
Our Native Daughters (featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah)
Back at Chautauqua by popular demand, Rhiannon Giddens is the co‐founder of the Grammy Award‐winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, was awarded a 2017 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and won the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. For her project with Our Native Daughters, Giddens brought together three other black female roots artists. "Gathering a group of fellow black female artists who had and have a lot to say, made it both highly collaborative and deeply personal to me," she explains. Their debut recording, Songs of Our Native Daughters, is a stunning thirteen‐track album written and performed by Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell (of the band Birds of Chicago), and Amythyst Kiah, and is available February 22nd from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
7/26/2019 - 8/11/2019
Venue: Bratton Theater
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. Recently fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall scrambles to find work in this working class British beach town, where the ladies liberation movement has just begun to bloom. High and low humor collide in this British farce complete with live Beatles-inspired music.
7/26/2019 - 08:15pm
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, "the king and queen of the banjo" (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a sixteen‐time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer‐songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re‐radicalized the instrument by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Chautauquans also fell in love with this duo in 2015 and the Amphitheater is ready for their return! On stage, Fleck & Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy‐winning self‐titled debut as well as their new album, Echo in the Valley (Rounder 2017). Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond ‐ combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact ‐ makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.
7/27/2019 - 08:15pm
Music by John Corigliano; Libretto by William Hoffman
Sung in English
Peter Kazaras • Stage Director
Caitlin Lynch • Marie Antoinette
Daniel Belcher • Beaumarchais
Marco Nisticó • Louis XIV/Pasha
Aleks Romano • Samira
Marie Antoinette and her court are bored of the afterlife, and bitter about their deaths. The love-struck ghost of Beaumarchais believes he can change the queen's untimely fate by using the power of art. He brings his beloved Figaro and company back to life in a new opera, but when Figaro refuses to stick to the script, Beaumarchais must enter his own story. Alternately hilarious and heart breaking, this grand opera buffa is one of America's operatic masterpieces.