CHAUTAUQUA - The final days of the Chautauqua Institution season feature entertainment from Straight No Chaser, Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Supertramp and many more beginning Aug. 19.
Week Nine begins with free access to the grounds on Sunday, Aug. 19. As always, visitors can access the grounds for no cost of admittance and parking is free until 1:30 p.m. In the Amphitheater at 2:30 p.m., will be the Barbershop Harmony Parade.
The New Christy Minstrels Under the Direction of Randy Sparks provide the Monday evening entertainment. They perform in the Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. on Week Nine's first Community Appreciation Night. The Institution offers access to the grounds for $18 on these nights, which take place twice a week throughout every Chautauqua season. The New Christy Minstrels is a world-famous, much loved folk group performing hits like "Mighty Mississippi" and "This Land is Your Land."
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra plays its last summer concert of the season on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater for the second Community Appreciation Night of the week. The performance features 20-year-old Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. He performs under the baton of guest conductor Noam Zur.
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Now, 31 years later they perform their extremely funny show Wednesday, Aug. 22 in the Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m.
With over 75 albums and dozens of hit singles such as "A Summer Place," "Shangri-La," and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," the popular vocal group, The Lettermen, perform at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater on Thursday evening.
Straight No Chaser returns to Chautauqua this season for another performance in the Amphitheater Friday, Aug. 24. The group, with more than 25 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, popular recordings and sold-out concerts across the U.S. and Canada, is reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. The performance begins at 8:15 p.m.
Roger Hodgson, the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of some of its greatest hits like "Give a Little Bit" and "Take the Long Way Home," brings his internationally recognized show with full band to tour in the U.S. Hodgson has been headlining all over the globe and now brings all his iconic Supertramp hits to Chautauqua's Amphitheater. The show begins at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Tickets are still available.
The Parade Street Dixieland Jazz Band provides the final performance of the 2012 Chautauqua Institution season Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m., in the Amphitheater.
Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $18 and Family Entertainment Series performances in Smith Wilkes Hall are always free.
For additional ticketing information, visit chautauquatickets.ciweb.org 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, www.ciweb.org.