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Chautauqua Institution's Week Five entertainment performances for all ages

July 25, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Week Five at Chautauqua Institution offers visitors an assortment of entertainment events that include the Chautauqua Festival Dancers, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra as well as Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary.

The week begins with free admission to the grounds on Sunday, July 22. Visitors are welcome to attend a performance by the New York State Summer School of the Arts, or NYSSSA, School of Choral Studies at 2:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Access to the grounds is always free on Sundays and parking is free until 1:30 p.m.

The Chautauqua Festival Dancers, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and the Music School Festival Orchestra, led by guest conductor Stilian Kirov, perform together in the Amphitheater on Monday, July 23 at 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday evening, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, or CSO, performs under the direction of guest conductor Sarah Ioannides, music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance, which also features bandoneon player Jorge 'Coco' Trivisonno begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence, directed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, presents An Evening of Pas de Deux in the Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 25 at 8:15 p.m.

The CSO also performs on Thursday, July 26 and Saturday, July 28 this week. Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk joins the CSO for both performances led by Christopher Seaman, guest conductor. Seaman has just relinquished his post as music director to the Rochester Philharmonic in New York, and has subsequently bestowed the title of Conductor Laureate. Performances begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Fact Box

General information

Morning lectures are held in the Amphitheater weekdays at 10:45 a.m. Afternoon/Interfaith lectures are held in the Hall of Philosophy weekdays at 2 p.m. Afternoon lecture themes coordinate with the themes of the 10:45 a.m. lectures, but take a different angle of vision.

Day tickets are available for purchase at the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office on the day of your visit. Morning tickets grant visitors access to the grounds for $18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For $12, afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Combined morning/afternoon passes - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. - are $30. For additional ticketing information, visit or call 357-6250.

Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $18 and Family Entertainment Series performances held in Smith Wilkes Hall are 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 please visit,

On Friday, July 27 Chautauqua Institution presents Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary. Beginning at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey share their memories and iconic folk songs such as Puff, The Magic Dragon, Blowin' in the Wind and If I Had a Hammer. Tickets are still available.



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