Chautauqua entertainment features Michael McDonald and more in Week Three

CHAUTAUQUA – Week Three at Chautauqua presents a calendar filled with entertaining performances for all ages.

Chautauqua’s Week Three entertainment line-up begins with the Brass Band of Columbus, performing Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater. As always, enjoy free admission on the grounds to attend Chautauqua Institution’s Sunday Entertainment. Parking fees only apply after 1:30 p.m.

On Monday, guest conductor Timothy Muffitt returns again this week to lead the Musical Festival Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) first performance of the week is on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor Grant Cooper and will perform alongside the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Residence, directed by Jean- Pierre Bonnefoux.

Wednesday’s Family Entertainment Series performance features the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater. People of all ages can enjoy award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques that is said to entertain, amaze and often stun the audience. This is a Community Appreciation Night performance and the cost of tickets is reduced to only $20.

Celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 is the theme for Thursday’s CSO performance, featuring guest conductor Steven Osgood and baritone vocalist Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews, winner of the 3rd American Spirituals Collegiate Voice Competition. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Artist Michael McDonald will perform on Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The five-time Grammy-winning McDonald is a rare artist in contemporary pop whose work is both timeless and ever evolving. He is known for ’70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin,'” in addition to two highly-acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost.

Week Three’s entertainment ends Saturday when the Chautauqua Opera Young Artists join the CSO to present the CSO Opera Highlights Concert. The performance, titled Verdi and Wagner: A 200th Birthday Celebration, will be led by guest conductor Steven Osgood and will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Tickets for Amphitheater performances are $40. On Community Appreciation Nights, ticket prices are reduced to $20 and Tuesday evening Family Entertainment Series performances are always free.

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