2021 Season Highlights

March 29, 2021

In-Person and Virtual Attendance 

Our full season at Chautauqua offers 17 unique programs over 21 performances, plus our annual Family Concert. Due to the success of our 2020 Virtual Festival, this season we are offering “virtual tickets” to six of our performances and the Family Concert in order to allow Festival fans from around the world to tune in. 

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Four World Premieres

We believe it’s more important than ever to invest in new music. This season includes brand new music — commissioned by the Festival — from composers Joan Tower, Joel Thompson, and Hannah Lash. The Festival will also premiere a new work by Aaron Jay Kernis, an elegy for those we’ve lost to the pandemic.

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Unforgettable Guest Artists 

Besides the Festival musicians we know you’ve been missing, look forward to guest conductors such as Ludovic Morlot and David Danzmayr as well as guest musicians including 2021 artist-in-residence Augustin Hadelich, Stewart Goodyear, Olga Kern, Conrad Tao, Alisa Weilerstein, and many more. 

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New! The Robert Mann Chamber Music Series

We are delighted to launch this landmark series, named for the famed founder and 50-year member of the Juilliard String Quartet, with riveting chamber music performances by the Juilliard as well as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Danish String Quartet, and ensembles comprised of your own Festival musicians. 

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The Music of Today

On top of our four world premieres, we will also spend an entire week celebrating music written by 21st century composers. Experience music by Nico Muhly, Keith Jarrett, and William Bolcom — and that’s only half of our “Kaleidoscope” program! 

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The Classical Favorites You Love 

Beethoven’s Third, Fifth, and Seventh Symphonies. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. This season is packed with the music you’ve been missing: audience favorites that stand the test of time. 

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