Music, Dance and Entertainment during Week Eight at Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA – Week Eight at Chautauqua offers an array of entertaining performances for all ages.

The week begins with free admission to the grounds on Sunday with the Chautau-qua School of Dance Stu-dent Gala on the Amphithe-ater Stage at 2:30 p.m. Access to the grounds is always free on Sundays, and parking is free until 1:30 p.m.

Timothy Muffitt leads the Music School Festival Orchestra on Monday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphithe-ater.

Family Entertainment Series presents the Chau-tauqua Regional Youth Ballet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lenna Hall. Artistic director Monika Alch guides her young dancers for an evening of classical and contemporary dance.

The first Community Appreciation night of the week features the Chau-tauqua Symphony Orches-tra Pops Concert, “A Night on the Red Carpet,” celebrating Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning music at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphithe-ater. Richard Kaufman, principal pops conductor of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, will lead the CSO.

The second Community Appreciation Night of the week presents An Evening of Turkish Music and Dance at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

The performance will feature music from Ahmet Erdogdular, who is Turkey’s foremost vocalist noted for his role in preserving the classical singing style of the Ottoman Turkish musical tradition.

On Thursday, Marcelo Lehninger, who is recognized as one the most gifted conductors of his generation, will lead the CSO. Pianist Robert Plano will join Lehninger and the CSO for the 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater performance.

Friday’s Amphitheater performance features Conversations with Music-ian Paul Simon and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The two renowned artists sit together with microphones and a guitar to discuss the art of writing from the vantage point of their life’s work. This unique evening with two unparalleled artists brings their insights and personal stories to the Amp stage on Friday at 8:15 p.m.

Week Eight ends with a Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performance, joined by guest conductor Markand Thakar and violinist Brian Reagin.

The performance will be on Saturday 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 Entertain-ment Series performances are always free.

For additional ticketing information, visit chqtickets.com or call 357-6250.