Come see us this season and look whose been here over the past seasons.
The Mammals, starring Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators, form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. A rough and tumble decade in the 00’s forged The Mammals’ identity as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” or a “party band with a conscience”. Re-emerging from a hibernation period during which the band’s founders explored new songwriting terrain, The Mammals, as the Washington Post describes them, “don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton”. Their new album, Sunshiner, was recorded at their own studio Humble Abode Music in West Hurley, NY with co-producer Adam Armstrong. Visit them at their web site www.themammals.love Their show at the Morgan Opera House in 2004 was undoubtedly one of the high points of the Zabriskie Folk Series. We are very pleased to have them back, re-formed after a too long hiatus.
No Promises, a premier Midwest men’s a cappella vocal band makes their Finger Lakes debut at the historic Morgan Opera House. No Promises, a professional a cappella ensemble, brings their exhilarating vocals, breathtaking harmonizations and innovative arrangements to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and adult contemporary music. Enjoy an evening of fresh, innovative arrangements from every era, including selections by The Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and even Taylor Swift.
Hailing from across Ohio and Kentucky, the men of No Promises are Broadway veterans, theater managers, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing. Joining No Promises for the Aurora performance is rising opera artist Schyler Vargas, who appears on an off-night from the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, NY. A graduate opera student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Schyler joins fellow guest artist Noah Berry, a professional actor and musician on break between national tours of THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY and SPAMALOT.
Funded in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant
Join friends and family in the Aurora Village Park, Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30pm for a FREE concert. Discover why there’s such a buzz about the Fall Creek Brass Band; twenty musicians, all brass instruments and ten years of evolution equals one of the brightest, rising community band stars. Unique, fun, energetic and contagious in their inexhaustible effort to get the world up and shaking that groove thing, the Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music. Boogie tunes range from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk to hip-hop to rock and roll. Bring a chair or blanket and your dancing moves. It’s time to party in the park. The Village Park is accessible from the stairs near the Post Office. In the event of bad weather, the concert will move to the Morgan Opera House. Donations welcome.
The Morgan Opera House takes great delight in welcoming the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble for a seventh early-Fall, Sunday afternoon concert. Continuing their tradition of beautifully chosen and performed chamber music, it is one of the high points of every Opera House season. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Delavan Foundation, the performance is FREE and includes:
A Devienne duo for flute and viola (No. 5), a Kodaly duo for violin and cello (Op. 7), and the Mozart Flute Quartet in A, KV298. The group consists of Barry Crawford, guest artist on flute, Janet Sung on viola, Roberta Crawford on viola and Stefan Reuss on cello.
Inspired by the folk music of Eastern Europe, Dana Mandel and his band of talented Klezmorim produce the finest of tunes with the greatest of enthusiasm. Romantic love songs, songs of patriotism, wedding music, laments, and even some contemporary songs from musical theater and the movies will get your toes tapping and body swaying. But, the rhythmic dance songs will have you in the aisles. Locally recognized as the premier Klezmer band in CNY, the group makes an annual appearance to benefit the Morgan Opera House and this event is funded entirely by Lifespan Therapies of King Ferry. Tickets at $8 for all adults and $5 for children 12 and under are available at the door.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced.
Jump Castle Riot, a modern blues/rock band from Charleston, SC, consists of Nina
Murchison (vocals), Jay Van Raalte (guitar/vocals), Bradley Palles (drums) and Derk
Van Raalte (bass). JCR has been praised for its effortless chemistry and explosive
sound, which has been described as “if Ella Fitzgerald fronted a band made up of The
Killers and The White Stripes.” The group shares a special connection with the area as
the mother and wife of two members of this exciting band, Lisa Shilepsky Van
Raalte, grew up in Aurora and is happy to introduce them to family and friends.
Singer songwriters Molly Ruggles and Will McMillan from the Boston area will perform old favorites from Oscar Hammerstein, as well as a few original songs chosen with a Finger Lakes audience in mind.
Will has performed at venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, the Hi-Hat Club (RI), the Inn on Newfound Lake (NH), Westbeth Performance Center (NYC), Spring Island (SC), and Yin Par LeGarcon Chinois (Shanghai). For years McMillan hosted “Will & Company,” a series in Harvard Square highlighting local performers and songwriters, which earned him an IRNE Award for Best Cabaret Show in a Small Venue. He has released four CDs—”Sketchbook 1″ and “Blame Those Gershwins” with pianist Steve Sweeting, “Reel One” with the vocal ensemble At The Movies, and “If I Loved You,” with singer Bobbi Carrey and pianist Doug Hammer. You are welcome to visit his blog, AMusicalifeOnPlanetEarth.WordPress.com or his web site, WillSings.com. You can also watch him perform on YouTube by searching “Will McMillan.”
Molly Ruggles played piano and conducted pit bands for Opryland USA in Nashville, the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod, and Brown University. She led a house band at the Arboretum in Providence for five years. She also played with the band Bougainvillea, and worked with singers Henrietta Robinson, Lisa Thorson, and Sayida Rivers Farmer. She taught a songwriting seminar at MIT for seven years and recently produced a workshop performance of her original musical The Mis-Matched Pair. You are welcome to visit her web site at MollyRuggles.com.