CHAUTAUQUA - Chautauqua Institution opens its gates this 2013 season to feature nationally known bands, talented artists and world-renowned speakers that will keep the entire family entertained.
To kick off the season, Chautauqua welcomes Straight No Chaser back for a third season in a row to perform at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the Amphitheater. The ensemble, full of captivating sound from 10 unadulterated human voices, comes together to make extraordinary music that moves people in a fundamental sense and with a sense of humor.
Following Saturday's performance, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy free admission to the grounds on Sunday to attend an Amphitheater performance by the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, originally formed by WWI veterans in 1929 and made up of 90 members. The concert is a treat for the entire family, and it's a perfect way to open the 2013 Chautauqua Sunday Series.
On Monday, identical twin brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata will perform "Broadway Our Way" at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The Nunziata brothers have traveled the country with their acclaimed duo concert. Their charm and energetic stage presence combined with their tenor singing voices create a powerful and touching show for audiences of all ages. Backed by their three-piece swinging band, Will and Anthony are exuberant, brassy, funny and put a fresh spin on the Broadway classics.
Tuesday's 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater performance features "An Evening with The 5 Browns." The 5 Browns were the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to The Juilliard School. They have become the talk of the classical music world with their concerts, recordings and PBS TV special. They will be performing on five Steinway concert grand pianos provided by Steinway International.
The Family Entertainment Series begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater with astronaut Story Musgrave presenting "25 Million Miles in Orbit." Over the course of 30 years, Musgrave has become one of NASA's most colorful, dedicated and passionate astronauts. He's a pilot, surgeon, mechanic, poet, philosopher, and he fixed the Hubble Space Telescope. He is also the only astronaut to have flown all five space shuttles. Musgrave will share his stories and fascinating photos for the entire family to enjoy.
Chautauqua Dance opens its 2013 season with the Chautauqua Dance Salon at 8:15 p.m. June 27 in the Amphitheater. The North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence and associate artistic director Mark Diamond will present an evening of intimate dance and music.
On Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution presents Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, all performing songs from their album Love Has Come for You. The tour will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, and the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.
The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra finishes up Week One's entertainment on June 29 at 8:15 p.m. World-renowned pianist Andrew von Oeyen will perform with CSO under the direction of guest conductor Christopher Seaman, Conductor Laureate of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $18 and Tuesday evening Family Entertainment Series performances are always free.
For additional ticketing information, visit chqtickets.com or call 357-6250.
Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information visit, www.ciweb.org.