On a quiet Chautauqua evening, nearing dusk, there are 24 notes in the air — 24 notes that tap deep…
The British are coming, but they’re waiting until after July Fourth to storm the Amphitheater. Brian Stevens and the Brass…
In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, playwright and producer Meredith Bean McMath opted to commemorate the milestone with an opera based on the life on one of its characters: Oliver Willcox Norton.
In name and spirit, O.W., as he was known, will appear at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. David E. Chávez, composer of the opera, will discuss the research and writing of the opera, and along with members of the Loudoun Lyric Opera, will perform excerpts.
It was shortly after a bloody battle near Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, in June 1862, when Oliver Willcox Norton settled with his Third Brigade alongside the James River. With 236 men lost to Confederate soldiers — along with Norton’s two best friends, Henry and Denison — the company slept with low spirits.
I am often asked, is the West red or blue? Republican or Democrat? The answer is neither. Even as the rest of the nation aligns by region into red, Republican South and blue, Democratic North, western states continue their maverick ways, switching from one color to the other.
John Wigger, professor and chair at the University of Missouri’s History Department, will examine the ways that at-the-time new 19th-century religious movements changed American society and culture.
While making plans for next season, Chautauquans may want to pencil in “Ken Burns” for Week Seven. Burns is returning to Chautauqua Institution after visits in 2009 and 2010; Week Seven’s theme is “A Week with Ken Burns: Historian, Documentarian and American Conscience.” Burns will be part of all the morning Amphitheater lectures that week. Some of his collaborators from throughout the years will also be part of the discussions.
History and memory have perhaps never been more at odds than over the Civil War. At least, that’s the way Joan Waugh, history professor at University of California, Los Angeles, sees it.
“1863 in History and Memory” was the title of Waugh’s lecture, the last one in the series of the Week Four theme, “America, 1863.” Through her lecture, Waugh sought to explain how memory traditions shape modern interpretations of history.
It is Kent Gramm’s first visit to Chautauqua, and already he is dispelling myths. Gramm, the prose writer in residence at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center for Week Three, will give a Brown Bag lecture titled “Perfect Tribute: Writing the Gettysburg Address” at 12:15 p.m. today on the porch of Alumni Hall.