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An Evening with Dawes

8/16/2019 - 08:15pm

Venue: Amphitheater

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Dawes is a four‐piece folk‐rock band that creates a sound reminiscent of 1960s "Laurel Canyon" stalwarts such as Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash through their dynamic vocal harmonies and well‐crafted acoustic songs. Featuring brothers Taylor Goldsmith (lead vocals/guitar) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Tay Strathairn (guitar) and Wylie Gelber (bass), the band has been featured on shows such as the "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Dawes' sixth album, Passwords, quickly became a number one ranked independent album on Billboard. Become an "in the know" hipster and discover the band that has been selling out theaters such as the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Beacon Theatre in NYC.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Sensational Strauss"

8/17/2019 - 08:15pm

Venue: Amphitheater

Gina Chavez

8/19/2019 - 08:15pm

Venue: Amphitheater

Latin pop songstress Gina Chavez is a 10‐time Austin Music Award winner. Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR's "All Things Considered." Chavez's bilingual, pan‐Latin sound embodies the multi‐ethnicity of America. Her high‐energy concerts take audiences on a melodic journey from Austin to Argentina, El Salvador to Venezuela and beyond, blending the sounds and rhythms of each region. Backed by a talented four‐piece band, Chavez performs a passionate collection of songs traversing genres such as cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk. In addition, Chavez tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program, and runs Niñas Arriba, a college scholarship fund for young women in gang‐dominated El Salvador.

Morning Lecture: A Monday Morning with Wynton Marsalis

8/19/2019 - 10:45am

Venue: Amphitheater

An internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture, Wynton Marsalis has produced more than 80 records and won nine Grammy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and an Emmy Award. He is also the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Through his Monday and Friday morning lectures, Marsalis will convey his hopes, concerns, and insights about contemporary culture and society through a historically informed lens.

The Jungle (Symphony No. 4) was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 2016 and serves as Wynton Marsalis' depiction of New York as super highway. "New York City is the most fluid, pressure‐packed, and cosmopolitan metropolis the modern world has ever seen," says Pulitzer Prize‐winner Wynton Marsalis. "The speed, freedom, and intensity of our relationships to each other ‒ and to the city itself ‒ forces us onto a collective super highway unlike any other in our country." The work will be performed in its entirety for the first time in 2019 and this special performance will be one of only a handful of performances to occur around the world in 2019. Having worked together for the preview performance of Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto in D with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in 2015, conductor and collaborator Cristian Mǎcelaru returns to Chautauqua to join jazz legend Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The Beach Boys

8/21/2019 - 08:15pm

Venue: Amphitheater

$95 Preferred 1 Plus

($40 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)


A limited number of Preferred 1 Plus tickets are available for purchase by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250 Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Come hear some "Good Vibrations" at the Amphitheater with the return of The Beach Boys! This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and has sold albums by the tens of millions, starting with their hit "Surfin' USA." This launched a string of chart‐topping songs spanning over forty years which became eternal anthems of American youth including: "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and more. The Beach Boys' songs have forever changed the popular music landscape, influencing countless artists who followed. Sing out your summer with this iconic group in the Chautauqua Amphitheater with your friends and family!

The exploration of cultural and societal issues has yielded some of Wynton Marsalis' most impactful work: the 1986 Grammy Award-winning Black Codes, 2007's From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, and 1994's Blood on the Fields ‐ the first jazz composition ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. The Ever Fonky Lowdown continues to highlight this close connection between ambitious leadership and uncompromised creativity. Premiered in June of 2018 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, this work's next performance will be at Chautauqua Institution. The Ever Fonky Lowdown features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, vocalists, dancers and narrator. Through this work and the Friday conversation to happen on the Institution's lecture platform, Marsalis will convey his hopes, concerns, and insights about contemporary culture and society through an historically informed lens.

JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: "Masterworks of Duke Ellington"

8/23/2019 - 08:15pm

Venue: Amphitheater