Event Calendar

Come see us this season and look whose been here over the past seasons.

Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble with guest artists
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm

Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble with guest artists, Janet Sung & Maureen Yuen-Mathai, violins
& Barry Crawford, flute
Haydn String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 76, No. 4 ‘Sunrise’
Dvořák Terzetto in C for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
Villa-Lobos The Jet Whistle for Flute and Cello
Ginastera Impresiones de la Puna

Klezmer Kings
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

Whether you already love the sound of Klezmer music or it is a new genre to you, come to the Morgan Opera House October at 7:30 and enjoy the experience as Dana Mandel brings together a group of talented Klezmorim to entertain you. From soulful Yiddish tunes to rollicking hora dance pieces, this group plays them all. Some songs are based on the folk music of Eastern Europe, some have more modern roots. If you feel the urge to dance, go for it! This performance is a gift to the Morgan Opera House from Lifespan Physical Therapy of King Ferry.Klezmer Kings band members

Eloise & Co.
Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
This year’s Zabriskie Folk Series concert presents a new group of favorite performers: Eloise & Co., brainchild of accordionist Rachel Bell and fiddler Becky Tracy and features guitarist Andrew Van Norstrand. Rachel last played the Opera House with Andrew and his brother Noah —a thrilling show—and Becky has performed here with Nightingale. The group describes its music as “high-energy traditional music cranked out with unbridled energy and soaring beauty: driving Celtic reels, groove-infused French village dance tunes and elegant English melodies, a rollicking, toe tapping finale to the Opera House season.
Eloise & Co. at the Morgan Opera House is sponsored in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.
Petty Thieves
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm

Montage of the bandPetty Thieves’ focus is the music of Tom Petty as well as that of the artists he has performed with, including but not limited to The Byrds, The Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. They also include material that Petty performed live and credited as influential.

This band is a product of the Auburn Public Theater’s open mic nights and the many musicians who appear there regularly. Sam Pruyn, a transplant from Long Island, started appearing at the APT in September 2016, where he met Carey Eidel, Bob Brower, Scott Anderson, and Loren Miller (among others) who had a Sunday Morning Jam every week.

Sam and Loren started doing a duo set together and subsequently heard JD Balloni performing Tom Petty material at the open mic night. The three started doing Tom Petty and related artists’ songs at the open mic nights to enthusiastic response. Eliott “Oz” Vanderveer, who was playing bass with Loren Miller in their classic rock band Rockinspiel and finally, Rich Howard, a drummer from Auburn, were asked to join.

See the Petty Thieves perform at The Morgan Opera House in Aurora on March 24th. They take the stage at 8:00pm.

Peter Mack & The Macktet
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm

Peter Mack and his groovin’ jazz ensemble, “Macktet”,  play well known jazz pieces and some original compositions written by members of the quintet.   Headliner, upright acoustic bassist Peter Mack is joined by some of the most talented and experienced jazz musicians in CNY;  guitarist Steve Brown, trumpeter Paul Merrill , Dino Losito on keyboard, Mike Melito on drums, and the incomparable Ralph LaLama on tenor saxophone from NYC.  “These guys are Cats!”

The performance is funded in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.Peter Mack with Bass

The National Park System, its History, Mission and Stories
May 20 @ 2:00 pm

Aurora native, Dustin Gunderson  presents a multimedia program on the National Parks, highlighted by his own experiences working as a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park , Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Fire Island National Seashore, Wind Cave, Mt Rushmore and Badlands National Park, and the Delaware Water Gap . Discover the behind the scenes  history of the Park Service, its goals and hear his own stories. Dustin’s enthusiasm for protecting these unique places is obvious, since it combine his love of nature, the outdoors and adventure. The program will be appropriate for all ages and is free.


The Mammals
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm

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 with special guest Leslie Goddard
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm

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.

In a near encore of her memorable 2017 “Road Trip” cabaret, Aurora native, Leslie Goddard, takes the stage with husband, No Promises singer and fellow Broadway veteran David Baum.

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

Fall Creek Brass Band in the Village Park
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm

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.Large Brass Band

Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm

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.

The Opera House is handicap accessible from the Cherry Ave. entrance.Ensemble Photo