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Peter is heading south this weekend to see a diverse cast in OUR TOWN, the classic play by Thornton Wilder, presented by the Chautauqua Theater Company through July 12th at the Bratton Theater (your theater ticket is also your gate pass for the Chautauqua Institution). Anthony says that if you did OUR TOWN in high school, forgive that experience, and see the play anew.

We have one opening this weekend: Nickel City Opera presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the story of the lecherous Count, the innocent Susanna, the wily Figaro, and the long suffering Countess. It’s at the Riviera Theatre, in a full production with professional singers and orchestra, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

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Supporters are getting a boost in their push to restore the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Brian Berg, who is spearheading the effort, says CJS Architects has devised ways to improve the 122-year-old structure "while maintaining its historic integrity."

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Chautauqua Amphitheater a “National Treasure.” The Trust is now part of a coalition of groups campaigning against the Chautauqua Institution’s proposal to demolish and replace the 122-year-old venue.

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Officials at the Chautauqua Institution have decided to delay plans for rebuilding the historic amphitheater.

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Plans by the Chautauqua Institution to demolish the historic Amphitheater and replace it with a modern replica are being challenged by preservationists and many Chautauqua residents.  The Institution's leadership team is under increasing pressure to find a way of saving the existing structure.

The Chautauqua Institution is in the midst of a three-year series that is exploring health care issues.  This week, Chautauqua examines health care from the "bench to bedside."  And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our last Chautauqua Preview of the year, this week will also feature a wide variety of music from classical and folk to rock and jazz.

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Filmmaker Ken Burns' latest production, "The Roosevelts," will premiere on PBS in September.  This week, Burns will be appearing at the Chautauqua Institution to talk about this and the other films he's produced during his illustrious career.  More now from WBFO's Mark Scott in our Chautauqua Preview.

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In a summer when Brazil took center stage as host of soccer's World Cup, South America's largest country is receiving a week's worth of attention at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports on "Brazil: Rising Superpower" in this week's Chautauqua Preview.

The Chautauqua Institution explores the American West this week -- in its daily lectures and in an original arts production that will be staged in the Amphitheater Saturday night.

It's been a year since Egypt's first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted from power.  For now, Egypt is back where the nation was before the Arab Spring -- under the control of a military dictator.  That's the backdrop as the Chautauqua Institution this week explores the Egyptian experience of trying to create a democratic government. 

The Chautauqua Institution has scored quite a coup for week three of the summer season.  Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson will speak at the Amphitheater Wednesday morning as part of this week's theme, "The Ethics of Privacy." 

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Week two of the 2014 season at the Chautauqua Institution explores feeding a hungry planet, plus the return of a popular Independence Day tradition. 

The 2014 season is underway at the Chautauqua Institution.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our Chautauqua Preview, the first week includes an exploration of storytelling through the written word and much more.

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Sunday was bittersweet at the Chautauqua Institution. As the 2013 season came to a close, so did Joan Brown-Campbell's tenure as Chautauqua's director of religion.

The nine week season at the Chautauqua Institution draws to a close this week with an exploration of health care.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more in our Chautauqua Preview.

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It's been a turbulent summer in Turkey.  Protests there turned violent in June.  While the turmoil has eased, Turkey's ongoing problems will be explored this week at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott has our Chautauqua Preview.

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PBS President Paula Kerger was the morning lecturer at the Chautauqua Institution Friday. Kerger talked about the role of public media and how it engages communities across the country.

The Pursuit of Happiness is the theme of Week Five at the Chautauqua Institution.  And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in his Chautauqua Preview, this week will also feature a first-ever collaboration involving the Institution's various artistic entities.

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Market ethics will be explored this week as the Chautauqua Institution's summer season continues.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our Chautauqua Preview, several prominent journalists will be traveling here to talk about "Markets, Morals and the Social Contract."

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There are a few significant years in American history.  Many baby-boomers point to 1968 as an example of a year fraught with turmoil.  Younger Americans consider 2001 as a year when things changed in this country.  In the 19th century, there may be no more of an important year than 1863.  And that will be the focus this week at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott has our Chautauqua preview.

Week two of the Chautauqua Institution season pays tribute to the next, great generation.  Plus, old friend Mark Russell returns and the season's first opera is staged.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more in our Chautauqua preview.

Theater Critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Mark Scott talk about the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of "Hamlet."  Plus, they touch on the Shaw Festival and Chautauqua Theater in this edition of Theater Talk.

It's the final week of the 2012 season at the Chautauqua Institution.  This week's theme is The President's Club.  And as WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, several big name national acts will be featured in the Amphitheater this week.

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The 2012 summer season at the Chautauqua Institution has reached Week Eight.  Highlights include an exploration of radicalism and the world premier of what's described as a "violin fantasy," featuring the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  But WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott begins this week's preview by checking out what Chautauqua offers outdoors.

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The Chautauqua Institution explores the ethics of cheating in this -- Week Seven -- of the 2012 season.  As WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, all aspects of cheating will be under discussion -- from infidelity in marriage to misdeeds on the athletic field.

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This week's theme at the Chautauqua Institution is especially timely this summer as some prominent newspapers in the United States cut back on their print product in favor of digital editions.  As WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, Chautauqua is exploring all things digital in this -- Week Six -- of its summer season.

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Saturday is Public Radio Day at the Chautauqua Institution. 

For 139 years now, the Chautauqua Institution has been a summer retreat where people go to learn and expand their horizons.  Tom Becker is institution president.  He says Chautauqua is truly unique, not only in this area, but worldwide.

Public Radio culminates this evening with a performance of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra that will air on our sister station, Classical 94.5, WNED.

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The Chautauqua Institution's 2012 season reaches its half-way point this week with a focus on an international hot-spot, a Puccini opera and a celebration of public radio.  Mark Scott has this preview of Week Five.

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It's week four of the Chautauqua Institution's 2012 season.  Highlights include the live recording of an NPR classical music program, the world premiere of a new play and the answer to the question of why water matters.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott has this preview.

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