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Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wendell Pierce, Mary Chapin Carpenter headline ninth and final week of Chautauqua Institution’s 2016 season

August 18, 2016
Westfield Republican

As summer comes to an end, Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Nine of its 2016 season. The week, which begins Aug. 20 and concludes Aug. 28, features presentations by renowned guests such as artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis and actor Wendell Pierce, as well as performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.

Chautauqua Institution's nine-week summer season features morning and afternoon lectures focusing on weekly cultural themes. The morning lecture series will take place at 10:45 a.m. Monday through Friday in the Amphitheater. During Week Nine, the Institution presents "America's Music with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center." Musical expression is a key characteristic of what it means to be human, and jazz is America's key contribution to the arts. Legendary trumpeter and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis will lead a week that explores the rich history of jazz and its role in shaping America.

The Interfaith Lecture Series, at 2 p.m. weekdays in the Hall of Philosophy, explores "America's Spiritual Songbook." From the theological and social evolution of liturgical hymns, to Spirituals and Gospel, to the ambivalent gospel of Motown, to the Jewish Chazzan, to the songs written by Jewish Americans inspired by African American Spirituals, America has not only embraced-but joyfully celebrated-the spirituality of music, and used it to bring an experience both exquisitely human as well as divine, both from and into human hearts, minds, and souls.

The Rev. Dwight D. Andrews, senior pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Atlanta, will serve as ecumenical guest chaplain from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27. A jazz saxophonist and music professor at Emory University, Andrews has appeared on over 25 jazz and "new music" recordings and collaborated on several Broadway productions. He has also taught at Rice, Yale and Harvard Universities.

The Rev Calvin O. Butts, pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, will serve as ecumenical guest chaplain on Sunday, Aug. 28. He is president of SUNY College at Old Westbury and a member as well as a member of of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He has previously served as chairman of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and as president of Africare, an organization dedicated to improving life in rural Africa.


Morning: Wynton Marsalis is artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. An internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, he has produced more than 80 records and performed 120 concerts a year for 15 years. His numerous prizes and honors include nine Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Music and a National Medal of the Arts, among many others.

Afternoon: Andrews will be joined by Jared Jacobsen, coordinator of worship and sacred music at Chautauqua Institution, for a program on the evolution of America's liturgical hymns.


Morning: Geoffrey C. Ward is co-writer of "Jazz." He has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for more than 25 years, where he has written or co-written such films and series as "Huey Long," "The Civil War" and "Baseball." Ward is also the author of 16 books, including Pulitzer Prize finalist "A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt."

Afternoon: Steven Darsey is artistic director of worship-arts non-profit Meridian Herald, where he designs and leads annual programs utilizing 19th-century folk hymns and camp meeting songs as vital components of modern liturgy. He is the author of "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: Music and Worship," which addresses theology and music in the contemporary church. Timothy B. Miller is a tenor and an active performer with national and international credits, including roles in Die Zauberfl?te, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X and La Boheme. He also regularly performs "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch of Atlanta Braves home games.


Morning:Ccile McLorin Salvant is a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist. She first began classical piano studies at the age of 5 and started singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. She has performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and with her own band at the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival.

Afternoon: The Rev. James H. Evans, Jr. is author of "The Ambivalent Gospel of Motown: Religion, Music and Cultural Politics in Detroit: 1959-1971" and professor at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He served as president of Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary from 1990 to 2000 and as associate pastor of the Chambers Memorial Baptist Church in New York City.


Morning: Wendell Pierce is an actor best known for his roles in HBO's "The Wire" and "Treme," as well as for hosting the Peabody Award-winning radio program "Jazz at Lincoln Center." He is the author of "The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play and The City That Could Not be Broken," a narrative of his family and New Orleans which received a nomination for an NAACP Image Award.

Afternoon: Michael Weis is cantor at the Brotherhood Synagogue in Manhattan. He has previously served as cantor at for the Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emet in Highland Park, New Jersey and as ritual director and bar/bah mitzvah coordinator at The Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey.


Morning:Marsalis and Ward will close the week with a conversation on jazz and the importance of jazz in American culture.

Afternoon: Rabbi Kenneth A. Kanter is director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He previously served as founding rabbi of Congregation Micah in Nashville, Tennessee and as rabbi of Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His research focuses on Jewish contributions to American popular music from the 1840s to the 1940s.

Additional Lectures

3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Hall of Philosophy: Billy Collins speaks on his book, CLSC selection "Aimless Love." His first volume of new and selected poetry in 12 years, the collection touches on themes of love, loss, joy and poetry itself, with poems that, in Collins' words, "begin in Kansas and end in Oz." Collins served as poet laureate of the U.S. from 2001 to 2003 and poet laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006. He is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including "Horoscopes for the Dead" and "The Art of Drowning."



Aside from the daily lectures, Week Nine features a variety of evening entertainment programs at the Amphitheater each night.

On Saturday, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO) returns for a "Night at the Movies," featuring conductor Rossen Milanov, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms and a repertoire filled with some of John Williams' most memorable compositions from the Star Wars films and more. Tickets for the performance are $42.

At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Barbershop Harmony Parade returns to Chautauqua. For more than 60 years, these local and regional quartets have been bringing fun for the whole family to the Amphitheater. Admission to the grounds is free on Sundays.

On Monday, "Boogie Stomp! The Get Up and Dance Musical Celebration" will feature an exploration of American music with blues, jazz, boogie-woogie, ragtime, rock 'n' roll and more with pianists Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza. Tickets for the performance are $42.

At 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the CSO makes its final appearance for the 2016 season, featuring conductor Cristian Macelaru and the JLCO. The repertoire includes a composition by Marsalis and more. As part of a series of Community Appreciation Nights, tickets are $20.

On Wednesday, Garth Fagan Dance appears at 8:15 p.m. Based out of Rochester, New York, this company has performed across the country and the world, featuring choreography from Tony and Olivier Award winner Garth Fagan. As part of a series of Community Appreciation Nights, tickets are $20.

At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, the JLCO returns with Marsalis to present "Birth of the American Orchestra." Under Marsalis's direction, the 15-member JLCO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic works to commissioned compositions, and in venues all around the world. Tickets for the performance are $50 with an additional charge for preferred seating.

On Friday, Marsalis and the JLCO will perform "The Abyssinian Mass." Featuring conductor Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and The Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Marsalis' landmark composition of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals is not to be missed. Tickets for the performance at 8:15 p.m. are $50 with an additional charge for preferred seating.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Chautauqua. The five-time Grammy winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame artist will help close out the season with an evening of song and soul. Tickets for the performance at 8:15 p.m. are $42 with an additional fee for preferred seating.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, the East Winds Symphonic Band presents "A Celebration of American Music." From the Appalachian Mountains to the Wild West, and from Main Street to Broadway, this All-American music program promises to delight. Admission to the grounds is free on Sundays.


Entertainment Options

The JLCO will perform as part of the Logan Chamber Music Series on Monday, Aug. 5 p.m. with a program curated by JLCO lead trombonist Vincent Gardner. A gate pass is required for admission to this performance.

Gate Pass Information

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 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $24. Afternoon tickets grant access from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $16. Combined morning/afternoon passes allow access from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and cost $40. Evening passes grant access from 4 p.m. to midnight with the cost varying based on the evening entertainment. For tickets and information, visit or call 716-357-6250.

The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages - all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. In a recent piece in the New York Times Travel section, Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote, "A week at Chautauqua is a microcosm of what we can make of our lives, if only we remember to slow down and pay attention."



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