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CHAUTAUQUA – Chautauqua Institution presents another week of entertainment for all ages.

Today, enjoy free admission to the grounds to see the Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala at 2:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Chautauqua is recognized as having one of the finest summer dance programs in the U.S., and young dancers from around the country audition to be part of the program. This student gala gives Chautauqua an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent, dedication and grace of these incredible young people. Parking is free until 1:30 p.m.

Later, Sunday evening, Caroline Doctorow will be in the Hall of Christ at 9:15 p.m.

Doctorow, who pays homage to her 1960s folk music roots while pushing way beyond those limited boundaries, can be heard on the soundtrack of the feature film Daniel directed by Sidney Lumet and on the soundtrack of the PBS series “Freedom, The History of Us” narrated by Katie Couric singing “This Little Light of Mine.” She will invite members of the audience to bring their guitars and join her in selected songs at the end of the concert.

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

Enjoy free admission to The Family Entertainment Series (FES) visual comedy show with Pete Geist, returning to Chautauqua for his second visit on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Geist is a professional comedian who makes magic, pantomime, juggling and physical comedy work for him. He’s known as a “12-year-old trapped in the body of a 36-year-old man.” He’s been performing his one-man show for 17 years throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

“Kids like this stuff because it’s silly. It’s visual. They can listen with their eyes instead of their ears,” says Geist. “But this is not just a kiddie show, this show is for everyone.”

Guest conductor Josep Caballe-Domenech will lead the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (CSO) twice this week, joined by violinist Augustin Hadelich on Tuesday and violinist Tasmin Little on Thursday. Consistently cited in the press for his “gorgeous tone,” “poetic communication” and “fast-fingered brilliance,” Hadelich has confirmed his place in the top echelon of young violinists. Tasmin Little was the subject of a television documentary by the prestigious South Bank Show, which followed her ground-breaking project The Naked Violin.

Alexander Gavrylyuk returns for his eighth season to present an evening recital in the Amphitheater on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. He will also perform on Saturday with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Elizabeth Schulze and present master classes for the Chautauqua Piano Department. He continues to astound the audience with his talent, passion and generosity of spirit.

American country music singer, songwriter and actor Travis Tritt will perform Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater. Tritt is a multiple Grammy and Country Music Association award winner. With seven platinum-plus albums, five number one singles and charted more than forty times on the Hot Country Songs charts, he has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.

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.