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Chautauqua Institution Popular Entertainment-2017


Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Aretha Franklin- Don’t miss opening night 2017 as The Queen sings in the season with soul. For six decades, Aretha Franklin has been a beacon of creative originality, winning no less than 18 Grammy Awards.  


Monday, June 26, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Ailey II: Revelations- Ailey II begins its residency with a program built around Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this cultural treasure fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.  


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 The Hot Sardines - Music first made famous decades ago comes alive through The Hot Sardine’s brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol, who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice.  


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Ailey II: New Works- Universally renowned Ailey II will capture audiences with this stunning new works program that will feature Bridget L. Moore’s Sketches of Flames. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble work.


Friday, June 30, 2017 - 08:15 pm

 The Doo Wop Project- Having debuted at Chautauqua in 2015, The Doo Wop Project is back by popular demand! This a cappella group from NYC begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies.  


Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 An Evening Piano Recital with Alexander Gavrylyuk -The extraordinary Alexander Gavrylyuk returns for his 12th season.


FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 - 8:15PM

Lake Street Dive- Featuring songs from their February 2016 album, Side Pony, Lake Street Dive promises an evening of exhilarating feel from start to finish. A side pony, for Lake Street Dive, is really a metaphor for their philosophy and personality as a band, one that seamlessly incorporates R&B, pop, ’60s era rock, and soul into a unique, dance party ready mix. The members of Lake Street Dive met in 2004 as students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Powerhouse singer Rachael Price fronts the quartet with guitarist and trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson while bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Michael Calabrese comprise the rhythm section. Their following continues to overwhelm all expectations and is destined to grow as their summer tour moves through major festivals from the East to West Coasts.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 The Raleigh Ringers -This internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music.

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 8:15pm

Sheryl Crow- A nine-time GRAMMY AWARD recipient, Sheryl Crow is an American music icon. Her eight studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide; seven of them charted in the Top 10 and five were certified for Multi-Platinum sales. In addition to such No. 1 hits as “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” Crow has lofted 40 singles into theBillboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Country Songs charts, with more No. 1 singles in the Triple A listings than any other female artist. Many artists have collaborated with her on special projects, including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett. She is known as well for her passionate support of multiple charities, including City Of Hope, Stand Up To Cancer, The World Food Program, Feeding America, ADOPT A CLASSROOM, the TJ Martell Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, MusiCares, the Special Olympics  and many other worthy causes. Her brand new album and first for Warner Bros. Records, Be Myself, will be released spring 2017.


Friday, July 21, 2017 - 8:15 pm 

An Evening with Garrison Keillor-Heard by millions of listeners on his iconic public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor continues to walk and talk the best of Americana.


Wed- July 26, 2017- 7:30pm

Rhythmic Circus- Home grown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage. “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. Bring the whole family to join this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.


Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:15pm

 Rhiannon Giddens- Giddens performs with “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues” (The New York Times). Known as a member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens comes to Chautauqua singing from her February 2017 album, Freedom Highway.  

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert- For the first time ever, audiences are experiencing a symphony orchestra performing music to the entire film from one of the most beloved film franchises in history. This concert has sold out with orchestras in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Philadelphia — and Chautauqua is next!  

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You’re Electing- The election may be over, but the opportunity to be equally offended lives on! Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You're Electing.  

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 8:15pm

American Acoustic with Punch Brothers- I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan) and Julian Lage
In 2016, the Kennedy Center invited mandolinist and host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile to curate a weekend that birthed the moniker American Acoustic. The event was a resounding success, leading to this stunning tour. The Washington Post notes, "With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart." The female trio I’m With Her has garnered acclaim for their instrumental interplay and indelible harmonies “…that could be sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountain gospel.” —The New York Times. Julian Lage has taken the world of jazz guitar by storm. The New York Times hails the “disarming spirit of generosity” in Lage’s music and notes the young guitarist has “roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music.” This acoustic show feels like it was curated as a perfect match for Chautauqua, with a stop at the Kennedy Center and other national venues along the way.

Wed- August 9, 2017 - 8:15pm

The Four Freshman-  Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have enamored listeners world-wide for 65 years, while gaining recognition as one of the most influential vocal groups of all time. Their tight-knit sound inspired The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, The Mamas & The Papas, Frankie Valli and the Manhattan Transfer. The Freshmen have recorded over 75 albums, 70 top selling singles, and received six Grammy Nominations. As the faces changed through the years, the integrity of the sound has been meticulously maintained. Die-hard fans and former members alike have agreed that the current lineup — Bob Ferreira, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey and Jon Gaines — are second to none.


Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre- Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s first performance with a live orchestra in the Amp. The program will feature excerpts from the beloved ballet Coppélia.

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 8:15pm

Kool & The Gang- "Get Down On It" and be a part of the "Celebration" as Kool & The Gang create "Summer Madness" at Chautauqua!  They've earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, and 31 Gold and Platinum albums.  Bring your friends and keep the funk alive!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 Irene Rodríguez CompañíaView- This stunning company is led by Cuban dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez López. Featuring six dancers and four live flamenco and Cuban musicians, this performance promises to be a masterful intermingling of traditional flamenco and contemporary dance.  

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 8:15 pm

The Joey Alexander Trio- Born in 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander has performed with his trio across the USA and around the globe, including tour dates in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Bern, Prague and Vienna.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 8:15 pm

The Texas Tenors - With their Emmy award winning PBS special aired across the country and their whirlwind debut several years ago on NBC's "America's Got Talent," the Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards and accolades.

 Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 8:15 pm

 The Beach Boys- Surf’s up! Grab your boards and get ready for some good vibrations! The Beach Boys have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. Their classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle of the 1960s.


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