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Chautauqua Institution announces 2016 concert lineup

February 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua Institution is pleased to announce its 2016 concert lineup, highlighted by a July 8 performance from one of the country's most spirited live bands, The Avett Brothers.

Elsewhere in the season, the Chautauqua Amphitheater stage will welcome Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops, pop rockers Huey Lewis and The News, a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, renowned jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and Grammy-winning classical sensations Joshua Bell and Chris Botti, who will perform with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are available for the general public. Tickets are currently on sale for all other announced summer concerts. Visit or call 357-6250. Pricing and descriptions for each are included below.

The Temptations & The Four Tops

Saturday, June 25, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $50

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

Known for their blend of R&B sensibilities and Motown sound, The Temptations will kick off the 2016 Chautauqua Season with favorites such as "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," and "Psychedelic Shack." The Four Tops have maintained their reputations as one of America's most influential vocal quartets. Come hear them sing some soul with songs such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself," and "Are You Man Enough."

Capitol Steps: Mock the Vote

Wednesday, July 6, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $42

With the race for President heating up, now is the best time to see the Capitol Steps and their unique brand of political comedy! The material writes itself and both sides of the political spectrum will leave the theater laughing. If the Steps actually influence anyone's vote, this country is in much more trouble than we thought. The Capitol Steps look forward to bringing the political circus to Chautauqua's week on "Money and Power" as they continue to put the mock in democracy!

The Avett Brothers

Friday, July 8, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $60

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, folk, rock and roll, honky-tonk, country, and ragtime to produce a unique and current sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones." The band has quickly become known for celebratory live events and memorable songwriting. Rolling Stone writes that "the band's stage prowess has played an important role in their development as one of Americana's leading touring outfits." Don't miss their first performance at Chautauqua. "That moment in a concert we experience only one time. Once. Then it's over. Gone. Poof." -The Avett Brothers

An Evening Piano Recital with Alexander Gavrylyuk

Wednesday, July 20, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $20

Well-loved by Chautauqua, the extraordinary Alexander Gavrylyuk returns for his 11th season. Growing in international popularity each year, highlights of Mr. Gavrylyuk's 2015-16 season include recitals in Toulouse, Fribourg, Moscow, Minneapolis, New York, and London, and concerto performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. On Wednesday, July 20, Mr. Gavrylyuk will present a solo recital and on Saturday, July 23, he performs Rachmaninoff's dynamic Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mark your calendars for two evenings to celebrate!

Huey Lewis & The News

Friday, July 22, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $50

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

Do you believe in love? Then come out for this feel-good night of great tunes and big hits! Huey Lewis & The News are truly one of America's great rock 'n' roll bands. As they enter their 37th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic top 10 hits as "Heart of Rock and Roll," "Stuck With You," "I Want A New Drug," "If This Is It," "Hip To Be Square," "Do You Believe In Love" and "Workin' For A Livin'." Be it their albums, their live performances, or the way they interact with their fans, this is a band with "Heart and Soul."

Straight No Chaser

Friday, August 5, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $50

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

Straight No Chaser has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The New Old Fashioned Tour comes to town on the heels of the release of their new album The New Old Fashioned, their fifth album release through Atlantic Records. SNC is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music. Canadian Brass

Thursday, August 11, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $20

Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of "the world's most famous brass group." The five virtuoso brass musicians have a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. The hallmarks of any Canadian Brass performance are musical variety, entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and most of all, fun. Bring the family!

Chris Botti & Joshua Bell

Saturday, August 13, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $60

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

It's a double billing of out-of-this stratosphere musicianship as two renowned Grammy winners take the stage. Chris Botti has sold more than 4 million albums, won Grammy awards, and played with A-list pop collaborators such as Paul Simon, Sting, and Yo-Yo Ma. Grammy Award winner Joshua Bell, considered "the greatest American violinist active today" (The Boston Herald), has all the prestigious accolades of a superstar classical musician. This collaboration with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will create lasting memories for all music lovers.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, August 25, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $50

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and now for an entire week at Chautauqua! Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works. Don't miss this chance to swing with Wynton.

The Abyssinian Mass

Friday, August 26, 8:15 p.m.

Tickets $50

Preferred seating available (additional $20)

Raise your voices and lift your hearts during this hand-clappin', tambourine-slappin' gospel celebration! The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, conductor Damien Sneed, and Chorale Le Chateau will perform Marsalis' landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals. Commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, this performance will also feature the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III. Come make a joyful noise!

Additions to this concert line-up will be announced in the upcoming months. Visit to purchase your tickets.



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