Through a unique mix of professional and pre-professional programs, Chautauqua celebrates, encourages and studies the fine and performing arts in a community where artists and audiences live together as one.
The artistic diversity that is Chautauqua Institution includes the 74-member Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, drawing professional musicians from around the world for 21 concerts during the summer season.
Chautauqua Opera Company, the oldest continuously producing summer opera company in the United States, builds on its rich history with both professional performances and the education of young singers on the verge of careers in opera.
Chautauqua Theater Company brings together internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers with 19 emerging artists to produce a vibrant summer of work.
The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution extends throughout the Chautauqua community with professional and student exhibitions in two renovated gallery facilities, a lecture series and special events.
The Chautauqua Dance program presents classical and contemporary ballet as well as modern dance performances by the North Carolina Dance Theatre in residence and Chautauqua’s renowned School of Dance. The Chautauqua Music Festival — designated an All-Steinway Music Festival — provides a unique learning experience for students from around the world to study in the school’s instrumental, voice and piano programs.
Our Popular Entertainment events feature a dynamic mix of artists, musicians, entertainers and speakers, and attract crowds to our our 4,000-seat, open-air Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series features free performances each Tuesday evening (during the Chautauqua season) in Smith-Wilkes Hall. This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment ranging from music to mime, puppetry, dance and much more. Sunday Entertainment is free at Chautauqua; your free admission to the grounds includes an afternoon show in the Amphitheater.
The Logan Chamber Music series, held in the intimate setting of Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall, offers a variety of chamber music experiences each season with a diverse selection of guest ensembles of both instrumental and vocal music, ranging from medieval chant to Brahms to jazz to the contemporary music of our time.
The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) encourages engagement with an expansive range of critical issues in the visual arts, and attracts distinguished exhibitors and renowned guest artists and faculty. Our galleries present contemporary as well as historically based exhibitions.