Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 86th season in 2014. Founded in 1929, the CSO continues its legacy as the center of musical life at Chautauqua. Performing 21 concerts in the Amphitheater including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the orchestra also provides the musicians that perform for Chautauqua Opera. The 2014 season opens Saturday, June 21 with an array of exciting soloists and guest conductors presenting a diverse repertoire. Stay tuned for more details as we plan for great music and great performances in summer 2014.
While Chautauqua Institution began in 1874 as a summer educational assembly for Sunday School teachers, it was intended from the start to include in due time scientific and broadly cultural subjects. But the rate of expansion surprised everyone. A home-reading program, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), launched in 1878, enrolled readers throughout the country. Schools of Languages and Music were set up in 1879 along with courses for public school teachers.