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Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater Set to Host Popular Entertainment, Theater and Opera

CHAUTAUQUA, NY — For nine weeks this summer, Chautauqua Institution’s open-air amphitheater—a 70-minute drive west of Ellicottville—will host a variety of popular entertainment concerts featuring top performers in country, bluegrass, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as a very special evening conversation between two legendary artists.

Tickets for Chautauqua’s popular entertainment, theater and opera performances go on sale Monday, April 1, on Chautauqua’s website, www.chqtickets.com. 

The season opens with the return of a capella sensation Straight No Chaser on Saturday, June 22. The concert marks the group’s third consecutive season performing at Chautauqua. The group releases its new album, “Under the Influence,” on May 7.

Following their sold-out Amphitheater show in 2011, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers will return to Chautauqua on Friday, June 28, joined by Edie Brickell, to perform songs from their new album, “Love Has Come for You,” set for an April 23 release. The tour will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers delighted the Chautauqua audience with two years ago.

The music of the 1970s and 1980s comes alive on Friday, July 5, with “Sailing Rock 2013,” an evening featuring nothing but hit songs by Christopher Cross (“Sailing”), Orleans (“Still the One”), Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver”), Firefall, John Ford Coley (“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”), Robbie Dupree and Player (“Baby Come Back”).

Five-time Grammy Award-winning artist Michael McDonald will bring his distinctive, soulful voice to the Amp on Friday, July 12. McDonald’s work spans four decades, from ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly acclaimed Motown covers albums and recent genre-busting guest spots with alternative buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost.

American country music singer, songwriter and actor Travis Tritt performs in Chautauqua’s amphitheater on Friday, July 19. The multiple Grammy and Country Music Association award winner has produced seven platinum-plus albums, five number one singles, and charted more than 40 times on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Dust off those poodle skirts, bobby socks and 45 rpm records for Friday, July 26, when Dick Fox’s “Golden Boys” starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell take us for a walk down memory lane. Teen idols of the 50s and 60s, these icons of the early rock n’ roll years will sing the songs that made them famous and caused hearts to swoon around the world.

A favorite for music lovers young and young at heart, The Beach Boys return to Chautauqua on Friday, Aug. 9, for another evening of classic songs that epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle in the 1960s. Their first hit “Surfin› USA” launched a string of chart-topping songs that spans more than 40 years and includes eternal anthems of American youth.

On Friday, Aug. 16, musician Paul Simon and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins sit together on the Amp stage with microphones and a guitar for a special evening conversation about the art of writing from the vantage point of their life’s work. This unique evening with two unparalleled artists brings their insights and personal stories to the Amp stage.

What happens when the “Founder of the Dance Revolution” and the “Kings of Disco” share the stage? You get an evening of singing and dancing for the entire family, featuring KC & The Sunshine Band and Village People on Friday, Aug. 23.

And to close Chautauqua’s 2013 Season, American music icon Amy Grant brings her talents to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 24. With six Grammys, numerous Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and numerous other accolades to her credit, Grant has erased lines between genres and earned the respect of fans and peers with her honesty, vulnerability and creaseless creativity.

To purchase tickets, which go on sale April 1, please visit chqtickets.com or call (716)  357.6250. All performances take place at 8:15 p.m. in Chautauqua’s open-air amphitheater, which fills on a first-come basis. Guaranteed floor seating is available at an additional cost.

Each summer, on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, the community of Chautauqua Institution comes alive with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks—from June 22 through Aug. 25—more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.

For more information on the 2013 Chautauqua Season, please visit www.ciweb.org.

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