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Week one entertainment line-up offers performances for all ages in Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

June 27, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - The first week of Chautauqua Institution's season features a wide assortment of performances for visitors. In the Amphitheater, Under the Streetlamp opens the season Saturday, June 23 and Swingle Singers perform for the season's first Community Appreciation Night on June 26.

America's hottest new vocal group, Under the Streetlamp, makes its Chautauqua debut this season. The quartet, composed of recent leading cast members of the smash hit "Jersey Boys," brings a unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old time Rock 'n' Roll hits from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons and more. Tickets are still available for the show at 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy free admission to the grounds Sunday, June 24 and attend an Amphitheater performance by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus at 2:30 p.m. Access to the grounds is always free on Sundays. Parking is also free on Sundays until 1:30 p.m.

Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet comes to the Amphitheater Monday, June 25 at 8:15 p.m. Grammy-winner Pablo Ziegler leads a quartet featuring piano, bandoneon, cello and double bass in arrangements of his own compositions as well as music by other tango legends.

Tuesday evening, Swingle Singers performs at 8:15 p.m. for the first Community Appreciation Night of the season. Offering a variety of music from jazz to Latin to pop and rock, this a cappella group has traveled throughout the world and are the winners of five Grammy Awards. On Community Appreciation Nights, evening passes can be purchased for just $18.

The Family Entertainment Series begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater with wildlife expert and co-host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Peter Gros. He will share his exciting travel experiences and insight into the animal world. He highlights his adventures with video clips and bloopers, and also introduces friendly exotic animals to the audience.

Another performance in the Amphitheater this week is Chautauqua Dance Salon. Thursday June 28, the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence and associate artistic director Mark Diamond will present an evening of intimate dance and music at 8:15 p.m.

Friday June 29 at 8:15 in the Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution presents, Celebrate the 60s with The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. Medley and Puckett will share their classic songs such as "Unchained Melody" and "This Girl Is A Woman Now" for the audience to enjoy.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra finishes up week one's entertainment on Saturday, June 30 at 8:15 p.m. World-renowned pianist Peter Serkin will perform with the CSO under the direction of guest conductor Roberto Minczuk, music director of the Calgary Philharmonic.

Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $18 and Family Entertainment Series performances are always free.

For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information, visit



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