The Massey Memorial Organ is an important part of the Chautauqua community, and it certainly has been significant to Jared Jacobsen’s life as well. Jacobsen, 65, has been coming to Chautauqua for 60 years, and he has been the Chautauqua organist for 16 years. Jacobsen shares what it’s like to be an organist and how the Massey Organ changed his life.
There are about 90 pianos on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, and there is one man who tunes all of them throughout the season. From music lessons, recitals and rehearsals to evening concerts, Robert Bussell, a 53-year-old piano technician of 33 years, works intensively and practically unnoticed throughout the summer. He shares his story of being the unknown artist.
After a year of pre-production and two intense weeks of putting everything together, the night of Friday, July 24 is the last night before the opening of Go West!. Director Andrew Borba talks about the final work the team has left in less than 24 hours.
The voice department will be performing three songs in the Go West! production. Voice department student and coach Don St. Pierre teases what they will be singing on the night of Saturday, July 26.
Go West! is the first major inter-arts project produced by Chautauqua Institution that includes the visual arts element on the stage. Don Kimes, artistic director of VACI, explains how the images will be presented, and how the visual arts play a role in Go West!
After last year’s The Romeo & Juliet Project, Go West! is the second inter-arts collaboration produced by Chautauqua Institution. This year, it is an original show created by the artistic leadership of Chautauqua, spearheaded by Chautauqua Theater Company associate artistic director Andrew Borba. In this video, Borba talks about what Go West! is all about.
Having news sellers on the grounds is a tradition in Chautauqua since 1876. Newsies singing their jingles is a unique scene you don’t see anywhere else. Patricia Dudley, 13, the only newsgirl in Chautauqua this year, shares her experience selling newspapers.
The Fourth of July is the great American summer family holiday. It has patriotism, parades, sunshine, beaches and kids of all ages enjoying themselves and their families — and Chautauqua has its own familiar holiday traditions.
Kids are at the center of much of the Fourth of July activity on the grounds, so a team from the Daily set out recently to meet some of them and their families. We visited the Children’s Beach on a warm Sunday afternoon and the Children’s School on a fun-filled weekday morning. These are the stories we found.
Bestor Face Forward is a series of video portraits and vignettes, documenting how Chautauquans interact within this distinct, engaging, and beautiful community.
From finalizing construction and dabbing on a last coats of paint, to planting flowers and dusting off bicycles, the Chautauqua Institution community prepares for the 2014 season.