Celebrate Chautauqua – A Tribute to Two Great Legacies: JFK and the Colorado Chautauqua

JFK: The Last Speech Film Screening and Fundraiser Honoring the 125th Anniversary of the Colorado Chautauqua


Doors: 4:15 PM

Showtime: 4:45 PM


Auditorium concert ticket not included. Follow this link to purchase tickets to the concert.


In this era of political tension, when civic culture is fractured and when the value of the liberal arts is questioned, a message from 1963 has particular resonance.


Twenty-seven days before he was assassinated, President Kennedy came to Amherst College to honor the poet Robert Frost in a speech Stewart Udall called “the most majestic” of Kennedy’s career. He spoke of the relationship of poetry to power and of a view shared with Frost that power must be exercised, but wisely — tempered by a moral restraint inspired by the arts and a liberal arts education.  And, he spoke of the obligation of those “given a running start in life” to serve the public interest.


JFK: The Last Speech communicates the impact of this message through the stories of Amherst alumni and students and reflections by prominent scholars and political observers.  Produced by an award-winning filmmaker, this film ignites public discourse on enduring values and on our shared responsibility for the public interest.  It is a call to action to rebuild our civic sphere — infused with broad sympathy, understanding, and compassion.



Enjoy cocktails and appetizers in Chautauqua’s historic Community House and meet the producers of the poignant documentary JFK: The Last Speech prior to the screening of this important film, which reveals how President Kennedy and poet Robert Frost inspired a generation to serve their country and humanity with their words at Amherst College in 1963.

The film will be followed by an orchestral tribute to two great legacies: JFK and the Colorado Chautauqua. The Colorado Musical Festival will perform two world premier symphonies, including an interpretation of JFK: The Last Speech, and a tribute to Chautauqua – Flatirons Escapades: A Celebration of Chautauqua’s 125th Anniversary, performed in the iconic Chautauqua Auditorium

(Note: Go to Chautauqua.com/event/jfk-the-last-speech-world-premiere/ to purchase tickets to the concert).

This program is supported with funding from the generous bequest of Betsy Hitchcock.

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