Event Calendar

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Apr
29
Sat
2017
Absinthe
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

Apr
30
Sun
2017
Absinthe
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm

Absinthe, one of the three winners of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition, is an original play by Joe Musso.   It’s July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen.  As the riot unfolds in the streets, the relationship between Grace, a genteel blind woman, and Curtis, her black house servant, unravels.

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5

The Director: 

Marianna Raho is a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory and Wells College.  She has performed in cabarets, musicals, and straight plays throughout the US and the United Kingdom where she lived for several years. In previous years, she has directed The Long Strange trip of Mr. Rip Van Winkle and Blackbirds’ Garden for MOH.  She currently teaches and resides in Elmira, NY.

The Playwright:

Joe Musso lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and three dogs. He has been writing plays for over a decade and has won numerous awards, including the Great Plains Theatre conference Holland New Voices Award, the MTWorks Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the HRC Showcase Theatre W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award.  His plays , which have been presented in numerous theatres across the US and abroad encompass a variety of styles – romantic comedy, farce, horror, absurdism, and magical realism.   Many of Joe’s plays for young actors are published by Heuer Publishing and Brooklyn Publishers.  Applause Theatre and Cinema Books included his play Bam! Ka-Pow! in its anthology “25 Ten-Minute Plays for Teens.”

Program Notes: 

Robert Charles, a quiet intense man, was a black activist who supported black emigration to Liberia, Africa as a response to white terrorism in the South. He read extensively and collected guns, but broke no laws.  The New Orleans Race Riot of 1900 evolved as the result of Charles’ harassment by and subsequent killing of two white police officers.  He fled.  Not surprisingly, the following day a crowd of residents gathered and called for his lynching; numerous events of lawlessness and civil unrest occurred over the next three days as mobs of whites roamed the streets attempting to ferret him out.  The mob frequently fired indiscriminately into the black community; several were killed and many injured.

The riot was exacerbated by local newspapers that reported African-Americans were to blame for the unrest.  Some African-Americans provided assistance to Charles in his flight; others were sympathetic because of the growing voting and civil rights restrictions in the city long known for its racial tolerance.  Ultimately, Charles was shot and his body mutilated.  The rioting ended when the mayor deputized 1500 special police and requested assistance from the state militia.

May
13
Sat
2017
The Sorcerer presented by Savoyards Musical Theatre
May 13 @ 8:00 pm

Love is in the air, magic is at work and a love potion is about to create havoc with the affections of an entire village. Chaos ensues until someone willingly breaks the spell so the path of true love can run smoothly once more. This early work of Gilbert & Sullivan features all of their famous range of songs such as comic duets, patter song and the double chorus. Join us this spring for an evening of music and laughter. Stage Director: Melissa Snyder; Music Director: Scott Miller.

 

 

 

Jun
11
Sun
2017
Women Voted in New York — Before Columbus
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will speak about the early history of women’s rights.

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn’t make wise decisions for the future. Living in a world free from violence against them, women will not allow a man to hold office if he has violated a woman. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies.

This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority and more since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores.

While white women were the property of their husbands and considered dead in the law, Haudenosaunee women had more authority and status before Columbus than New York State women have today. Women of the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosaunee) had the responsibility for putting in place the male leaders. They had control of their own bodies and were economically independent. Rape and wife beating were rare and dealt with harshly; committing violence against a woman kept a man from becoming Chief in this egalitarian, gender-balanced society. When women in New York State began to organize for their rights in 1848, they took their cue from the nearby Haudenosaunee communities, where women lived in the world that non-native women dreamed of. Amazingly, despite the assimilation policy of the United States, Haudenosaunee women still maintain much of this authority today.

The 2017 centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State opens the opportunity for us to explore this new yet very old and unknown history of our region. The format of the talk is an informal, story-telling presentation followed by interaction with the audience designed to give you a platform to share knowledge, insights and experiences.

Sally Roesch Wagner is a Professor at Syracuse University and the Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue. Awarded one of the first doctorates in the country in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz) and a founder of one of the first college-level women’s studies programs in the USA (CSU Sacramento) she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University. A founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue, and author of articles on historic house museums, and she wrote Ken Burns’ documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

 

The program is free and funded by a grant from Humanities New York.

The Morgan Opera House is handicapped accessible from the north entrance off of Cherry Avenue.

 

Jul
7
Fri
2017
On the Road to Adventure
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm

Starring Aurora born Leslie Goddard and her husband David Baum along with friends Brooke and Joshua Steele, this show will take you on a musical trip with songs that evoke the lure of the open road. Head out for adventure with music and dance that will have you dreaming about cruisin’ with the top down. 

Leslie Goddard is a native of Aurora, NY where she began performing in musicals with The Auburn Players, The Talent Company and Merry Go Round Theatre.  Leslie has been seen on Broadway in Hairspray as Brenda/ Penny Pingleton (u/s), at The Kennedy Center in Broadway: Three Generations, and across the country in touring and regional theatre shows and Francine in Jersey Boys.  Some favorite roles include: Darlene in Honky Tonk Angels, Delee in Smokey Joe’s Café, and Maggie in A Chorus Line.  Leslie has a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University.  She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and is active on several AEA committees including the A.C.C.A and the Production Contract Committee. 

Made possible in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.

Jul
19
Wed
2017
The Jamie Notarthomas Experience
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm

A gifted songwriter, Jamie combines thoughtful, provocative and sometimes humorous lyrics with a soulful, broad vocal range to reach the minds and hearts of his audience. Jamie has shared the stage with many greats including Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Melissa Ethridge, David Burne, Rosanne Cash, Tori Amos and performed with the likes of Allen Toussaint, Rick Danko, Keller Williams, Hot Tuna, Patti Smith & Pete Seeger.  Bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the music and view.  The concert is free, but donations are welcome.  In case of rain, the performance will be held in the Morgan Opera House.

Aug
2
Wed
2017
Steel Drum Band from Dundee High School
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Dundee Steel Drum Band was formed in the late ‘70s by then-Music Director Ronald K. Miller. Participants are students from grades 7 through 12. Throughout the bands’ history, the group has traveled and performed throughout Europe and the United States, delighting audiences everywhere. Nothing says summer like a steel drum band on the lake at sunset.  Don your Caribbean Joe shirt, wide brimmed straw hat and prepare to sing, sway and dance to this unique style of music from the West Indies.  The band will perform a mix of favorite songs; a little reggae,  a little calypso and maybe some Bob Marley.  No better way to get a taste of paradise.   The concert will be held at the Village of Aurora park on the lakeshore behind the post office. Join the fun!

Oct
1
Sun
2017
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

Oct
14
Sat
2017
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

Dec
2
Sat
2017
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.