Prior to the season, the Institution announced plans to further engage the Chautauqua community on the Amphitheater project. It’s working. The community is engaged.
The pulse of art beats through Chautauqua’s veins. Whether it is listening to the sounds of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in the Amphitheater, seeing a row of young ballerinas in line for lunch, or attending a Friday night performance in Bratton Theater, there are myriad ways for Chautauquans engage with one art form or another.
Since John and Linda Wadsworth were married in 1987, they have been coming to Chautauqua and immersing themselves in the community — particularly the performing arts.
With a goal of $98.2 million to be raised by the end of 2016, the Promise Campaign is now in the public phase and has already raised just over $64 million. These funds will be invested across the Institution’s programs and people.
High above the platform for world-renowned lecturers, resounding symphonies and graceful ballets, two men — armed with a device that looks like an old-fashioned transistor radio — investigate a dark, sweltering area of the Amphitheater few people aside from stagehands ever see.
A musty scent lingers in the dusty air, and the worn, wooden floor is wrought with holes that could send someone through with one miscalculated step. Light peeks in through the holes, revealing a small glimpse of the programs below, a stage for more than a century of Chautauqua tradition.
John Shedd, Chautauqua’s administrator of architecture and land use regulations and capital projects manager, is joined by John Hermanson, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
They are on a hunt. Their target: bats.
Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees held its first open meeting of the season Saturday.
At the morning meeting led by Chairman George Snyder, members of the board updated Chautauquans on current and future projects and gave them a chance to voice concerns and ask questions.
After the updates, the floor was opened up to questions and comments. Dan Pieroni, 6 Ames, voiced his concerns about safety on the grounds during the winter, when Chautauqua is not a gated community.