Something Great

CHAUTAUQUA – Chautauqua Institution presents another fun-filled week of entertainment for all ages, featuring performances from the Music School Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Opera, in addition to nationally recognized bands and comedic performers.

Today visitors have the opportunity to enjoy free admission to the grounds to attend an Amphitheater performance by the Buffalo Silver Band at 2:30 p.m. As the only British style brass band in Upstate New York, the Silver Band continues the band performance tradition that was established before the Civil War and rose to prominence at the end of the 19th century. Except for percussion, the band is composed entirely of brass instruments. Its repertoire includes traditional marches, popular songs, jazz, light classical music and more serious works composed expressly for the brass band genre.

Following Sunday’s performance, guest conductor Timothy Muffitt will lead the Music School Festival Orchestra in the Amphitheater on Monday night at 8:15 p.m.

Admission will be free to The Family Entertainment Series comedy act Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix on Tuesday at 5-7 p.m. Johnny leads his 12 rescue/shelter dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight man role in this wonderful family show. Johnny uses visual comedy, audience participation and a culmination of varied dog tricks to wow the audience while presenting a sentimental tone. Johnny and his dogs have performed for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, and on the David letterman Show.

Also on Tuesday, after the comedic act by Johnny Peers, guests can sit down and enjoy a Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performance with world-renowned guest conductor Christopher Seaman, featuring prestigious violinist Karen Gomyo at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Wednesday’s 8:15 p.m. Amphitheater performance features An Evening with Mark Russell for Community Appreciation Night. He says that whenever he is down in the dumps, he opens the newspaper and immediately cheers up. Russell is a Buffalo native, and he continues to play off the day’s headlines, performing stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano.

Stuart Chafetz is back for another summer at Chautauqua to conduct the annual Pops Concert: Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The concert will also feature singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare, who has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the U.S. as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

On Friday, July 5 at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution presents Sail Rock 2013, featuring music of the 1970s and ’80s with hit songs sung by the original artists. This evening includes memorable and iconic songs performed by Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree and Player.

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.

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

Chautauqua Institution is a summer community located in southwestern New York State on Chautauqua Lake. It offers a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship, educational programs, and recreational activities. Each summer the Institution hosts over 2,200 events and 100,000 guests. For more information please visit,