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Sensatitonal hits of the 70’s.
August 30th, @ 8 pm
Annie and Marie Burns will bring their famous lyrical harmonies to the beautifully restored Opera House stage: a rare opportunity to enjoy up-close the iconic Burns Sisters with their band, which includes singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet, bassist and record producer Tony Markellis and steel guitarist Kevin Maul, each of whom have long and respected careers recording and playing with artists, such as Trisha Yearwood, Waylan Jennings, Vince Gill, Paul Butterfield, Phish, and Robin and Linda Williams.
Most recently The Burns Sisters shared a national tour, opening and providing back-up vocals for Arlo Guthrie, followed by a tour of western Ireland with Irish folk singer Kate Purcell.
Tickets may be reserved in advance through Peachtown by calling 315-364-8721 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Peachtown Elementary School is a small progressive independent school for grades pre-K – 8.
When might the Devil, Jimmy Carter, and Mr. Rip Van Winkle have crossed paths in the Alaskan wilderness?
Treat yourself to an original play – based on fact and sprinkled liberally with imagination – to find out. “The Long, Strange Trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle” will be staged at the Morgan Opera House on September 12 and 13. Set in 1979 and 2009, the play visits several controversies -civil rights, the Cold War, and federal vs. states’ rights. Stand forewarned. The setting is NOT the Hudson River Valley! However, this “Long, Strange, Trip” shares Washington Irving’s lapses of time, outdoor ruggedness and humor.
The play was the co-winner of the 2013 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.
Directing this premier production is Marianna Raho, a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College. Ms Raho has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.
The playwright, Stanley Toledo, is a federal civil rights investigator in San Francisco. He does not consider himself a professional playwright, yet has had other productions, including a full-length play and numerous short plays, staged in theatres across the country. Mr. Toledo earned degrees in journalism and communications, both at San Jose State University; he is a resident of Richmond, CA.
The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Morgan Opera House Sunday, September 28 at 4pm. Violinists Janet Sung and Shannon Nance will join Roberta Crawford playing viola and Stefan Reuss and Heidi Hoffman on cellos. This acclaimed group, renown in the Finger Lakes area and beyond, will perform Mozart’s D major string Quartet, KV 575 and Schubert’s Two Cello Quintet in C Major, D 956.
First appearing on stage in 1953, Dylan Thomas’s work “Under Milk Wood” reveals the scope of human experience in a small Welsh town through the dreams, ordinary lives and musings of fifty-six townspeople who inhabit Llareggub (Bugger All spelled backwards) by the sea. Thomas is reported to have commented that he developed the play as a way of reasserting the evidence of beauty in the world. Perfectly suited to this play for voices, the Morgan Opera House in the small town of Aurora by Cayuga Lake, will present a reader’s theater performance in collaboration with Studio24 of Syracuse, NY.
Directing this finely drawn glimpse of life in Wales, Gerard E. Moses of Studio 24, brings a wealth of experience to his interpretation of Thomas’ script. Gerard E. Moses is the co-director of Studio24 (www.studio24m.net), as well as a professional actor, director and professor emeritus of drama at Syracuse University where he taught and directed for thirty-two years. He established the Syracuse University Drama Program in London where he trained professionally at the London Academy of Music and Art. Acting credits include Syracuse Stage, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Opera, Syracuse Repertory Theatre among others. Directing credits include The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Repertory Theatre, Ithaca Opera, Society for New Music, Syracuse University Drama Department, SUNY Oswego, LeMoyne College, Hamilton College, The Redhouse.
The Studio24 Ensemble includes : Robert Brophy, Jim Haenlin, Charles Lupia, Gerard Moses, Susan Palmer Everly, Terry Pease, Kathy Rabuzzi, Eleanor Russell, Nikolai Truskalo,Thea Van der Ven, Susan Wolstenholme These eleven talented actors move effortlessly through their multiple roles as the towns people whose lives are revealed in both dream and waking sequences.
The performance is the latest in the Renate Rewald Literary Arts Series.
Bruce Greene , a Kentucky fiddle style player, will perform on Saturday , October 18 at 8pm at the Morgan Opera House as part of the Zabriskie Folk Art Series . Greene is widely admired throughout the country in the old-time music and fiddle communities. He is also a skilled banjo player, singer, and collector of traditional Appalachian music and culture. Bruce has lived and worked among the people of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina for more than thirty-five years, bringing to his playing the intimacy and dignity he absorbed through his apprenticeships with musicians from eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and western North Carolina born as far back as the 1880’s. He will be joined by Loy McWhirter, his wife, who is recognized as a fine singer as well as an artist and illustrator. Bruce’s knowledge of the traditional music history of the Blue Ridge and its musicians inspire his performances with the perfect blend of authentic traditional interpretations and musicality. Blue-grass music lovers are sure to enjoy one of the finest old time southern Appalachian fiddlers of his generation. Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8. This event is part of the Zabriskie Folk Series.
J.G. Hertzler and the New Mercury Theatre of New York return to the Morgan Opera House November 1st with Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 work “IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE.” This time-bending staged reading is set as an open rehearsal of a live radio broadcast from ’30’s America but includes stories, images, music from the bread-lines of the Depression to the jungles of Vietnam, Hitler’s Berlin to Reverend King’s speech on the Washington Mall, from Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”, to the lyrics of John Lennon and the music of Aaron Copeland… among other voices and images of the centuries-old struggle between freedom and totalitarianism. Based on the novel and play by Sinclair Lewis (along with playwrights, Vincent Sherman and J.C. Moffitt), this adaptation of the original work tells the story of a “populist” candidate’s irresistible rise to the White House with the help of faith-based radio talkers. This cautionary tale about the vulnerability of democracy is a timely reminder of the need for all freedom loving citizens to exercise our rights and responsibilities or run the risk of losing both forever. This original production promises to challenge your assumptions, dazzle your senses and inspire you to activism, just before the election.
Cast Members include: Holly Adams, Jameson Romeo-Hall, Cole Long, Nancy Preston, Dan Tubman, William Christoffels, Douglas Lockwood, Peter Shuman*, Dean Robinson*, Godfrey L.Simmons Jr.*,Beverly Schmidt – Piano. *Member of Actors Equity Association
Continuing a cherished tradition at the Opera House, the Klezmer Kings will perform their vibrant mix of music based on the folk traditions of Eastern Europe. From the rollicking Hora to tender and powerful songs of love and faith, this group will move you. A benefit for the Morgan Opera House, the concert is sponsored entirely by Life Span Therapies of King Ferry and Moravia.
Dan and Peggy are known for their unique arrangements and masterful harmonies. Together they combine instrumental and vocal renditions of both original and traditional seasonal pieces featuring hammered dulcimer, concertina, guitar and piano.
Funded in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants.
Co-sponsored by the Aurora Arts and Merchants Association.