General Admission evening Gate/Performance tickets are $40 each. This pass allows you onto the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution; is good from 4 p.m. until midnight; and is non-refundable and non-replaceable.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 85th season in 2013. 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 2013 season opens Saturday, June 22 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 2013.
All Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances take place in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. Built in 1893, the Amphitheater stage has seen thousands of performances and a plethora of legendary people entertain, educate, thrill, inspire, challenge and preach. The Amphitheater is the heart of Chautauqua, our ceremonial home. It is the beat to which we all march during the nine weeks of the season.
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. A School of
Theology, almost totally a correspondence school, was chartered in 1881
to be followed by Chautauqua University in 1883, and a School of
Liberal Arts in 1885. These were just some of the 19th century
accomplishments of this popular mass educational movement, called The
Since the basic emphasis at Chautauqua was and is educational, the
arts, including music, have been pursued in the context of education.
Professional performances are presented by resident and guest artists,
some of whom are also involved with teaching or master classes.
Performances by younger professionals and by even younger talented
students in the various schools (Dance, Music, Theater) give another
expression of the educational work, while the overall music programming
for Amphitheater concerts is designed not only to be balanced for the
sake of the resident audience, but sufficiently expanded to offer new
listening experiences. Thus, there develops naturally at Chautauqua a
creative arts climate in which students find enhanced study conditions
and the audiences find added selective enjoyment of the arts.
An Institution orchestra of 21 musicians had been organized in 1903 by
Henry B. Vincent, assistant music director at Chautauqua, and a swiftly
growing music program included School of Music artist-teacher recitals
and large choral works. Chautauquans welcomed the first visit of Walter
Damrosch and his New York Symphony Orchestra in 1909, and a second, in
1910. Other visiting orchestras, including Victor Herbert and his
orchestra, the Russian Symphony and the French Band, appeared at
Chautauqua before 1919, when the New York Symphony returned for a
series of 12 concerts. In 1920 this orchestra began a summer residency
- the first for a major American orchestra away from its winter home,
according to L. Jeanette Wells in her book A History of the Music
Festival at Chautauqua Institution from 1874 to 1957. Except for 1922,
this residency lasted until 1929, when, following the New York
Symphony's amalgamation with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York,
the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra was formed to take its place at the
Institution. >>Read More
Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. Please click here for information on giving to Chautauqua.