Event Calendar

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

Jul
18
Sat
2015
Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida by the Cornell Savoyards
Jul 18 @ 8:00 pm
Princess Ida

Princess Ida

First performed as part of Cornell’s Sesquicentennial celebration in June, this special adaptation by Ithaca College professor Anthony Di Renzo is set in Upstate New York in 1865.  This original adaption by Ithaca College  celebrates Cornell’s founding, dramatizes the campus culture of such 19th century women’s colleges as Wells and Vassar, and honors the Seneca Falls Convention.

After the Civil War, two robber barons scheme to launder their money by starting a university in Upstate New York. To maintain control of the organization, they decide to marry their son and daughter, Hilarion and Ida, and force them to chair the Board of Trustees. Ida revolts and founds a women’s academy on the shores of Cayuga Lake. Business, philanthropy, feminism, and romance clash, and everyone learns a lesson in humility.

Audiences will be transported from the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan to the American Gilded Age. To achieve historical authenticity, the Savoyards have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $2,000 for the show’s period costumes. Donors may contribute at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cornell-savoyards-princess-ida.

Jul
25
Sat
2015
Dark Hollow – Grateful Dead Tribute Band
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Dark Hollow LogoBorn from the remnants of SAMMY Hall of Fame Grateful Dead tribute ensemble The Homel-Alaniz band, Dark Hollow has direct links to the Dead. Late founding member bassist David “Ese” Alaniz collaborated with David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage), a musical friend of the late Jerry Garcia. Since then, Alaniz and founding member Mike Vincitore have shared the stage with members of the Grateful Dead, and Dark Hollow is passionate about carrying on the grand tradition of the Grateful Dead’s music.

http://www.darkhollowmusic.com/

Aug
15
Sat
2015
Klezmer Kings
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm

Klezmer Kings band members

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. Dana Mandel brings together an

outstanding group of Klezmorim to play music that will both touch your heart and turn your toes to tapping.

This performance will benefit the Opera House.

Sep
26
Sat
2015
Sip & Swing
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beer & Jazz Event

The exciting, new Sip and Swing fundraiser at the Morgan Opera House brings together two Central New York favorites, live Dixieland Jazz from Wells College and a beer tasting featuring craft beers from three regional farm breweries. Aurora Ale & Lager Co. of Aurora, Swiftwater Brewing of Rochester, and Climbing Bines Craft Ale & Hop Farm from Penn Yan brew their potions using NY State grown hops and barley. The number of craft breweries has doubled in recent years and this opportunity to sample some unique beers and nibble some tasty snacks will benefit the Aurora Masonic Center and the Opera House. Meet the brewers and learn the answers to all of your questions about craft beers. Join us on September 26, 2015 from 5 pm to 9 pm for a special evening of jazz, beer, food and fun. Tickets are available at the door.

Tastings and sales by:

Aurora Ale & Lager Co, Aurora, NY (http://www.brewaurora.com/)
Climbing Bines Craft Ale & Hop Farm (http://www.climbingbineshopfarm.com/)

Swiftwater Brewing Rochester, NY   (http://swiftwaterbrewing.com/)

Oct
4
Sun
2015
Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm

FLCE

The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble is based in Ithaca, with regular season performances there and at the Lodi Historical Society but also for the last four years at the Opera House for an early Fall, Sunday afternoon, unique program–which this year will feature the Mozart Divertimento in E flat, KV 563, and the Weber Clarinet Quintet in B flat, Op. 34, with musicians Shannon Nance and Janet Sung (violin), Roberta Crawford (viola), Stefan Reuss (cello) and Richard MacDowell (clarinet). All of the musicians have performed at the Opera House before, and we are very glad to have them back. Their playing is always vibrant, lively and thoughtful, with very un-academic insights offered about the music being played. The beauty of the season and the beautiful sound of the hall also makes for a special occasion. Late afternoon in early Fall is also a grand time to visit Aurora, and maybe drop in at the Aurora Inn or the Fargo for dinner after the show. Tickets are $15 (students are free, according to the chamber ensemble’s regular practice), and are available at the door or via PayPal at our website, www.morganoperahouse.org.
Mozart Divertimento in E flat, KV 563
Weber Clarinet Quintet in B flat, Op. 34MusiciansShannon Nance and Janet Sung, violins
Roberta Crawford, viola
Stefan Reuss, cello
Richard MacDowell, clarinet

 

Oct
30
Fri
2015
Paul Brady
Oct 30 @ 8:00 pm
PIC CREDIT MICK QUINN

PIC CREDIT MICK QUINN

Paul Brady is this year’s Zabriskie Folk Series artist, and we are honored to have him. Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, on the border of the Irish Republic, he sang with the transformative band Planxty in the Seventies before going solo and establishing himself as a songwriter of the highest order, whose songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, Mary Black, Carole King, John Prine, Trisha Yearwood, Dave Edmunds and many others. His most recent recording features performances with Mark Knopfler, Sinéad O’Connor, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Black, Maura O’Connell and others. He is a compelling and personable performer. This is what some people you know have to say about him:
“Probably the best melody writer I can think of.” -Bonnie Raitt.
“Some guys got it down, Leonard Cohen, Paul Brady, Lou Reed, secret heroes.” -Bob Dylan
“The iron fist in the velvet glove of Irish Music.” -Bono
Tickets for Paul Brady are $20 ($17 for seniors and students) and are available via PayPal at our website, www.morganoperahouse.org.

More information about Paul Brady at his website.

A part of the Zabriskie Folk Series.

 

Nov
13
Fri
2015
Blackbirds’ Garden
Nov 13 @ 8:00 pm

Winner of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

Written by Merlaine Angwall

Directed by Marianna Raho

Made possible by the generous support of the Peter Family

 

Blackbirds’ Garden is set in Mount Pleasant Female Prison, a neighbor to the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York.   It is based on one chapter in the true story of Eliza Farnham, a life-long reformer, abolitionist, and advocate for women’s rights.  In 1844, relying on her connections with Horace Greeley and other reformers, she took a job as Women’s Warden at Mount Pleasant.  There, following in the footsteps of British Quaker Elizabeth Fry, she adapted modern notions of rehabilitation including kind treatment, education, and the use of music.  Despite the reforms she was able to make, Farnham’s liberal views brought her into conflict with other staff members.   Ultimately, the prison’s trustees came to regard her as dangerous, and in 1848 they succeeded in driving her out.   As one inmate puts it, ”You want to stay here and they force you out and I want to get out and they force me to stay.”   

Blackbirds' Garden posterThe cast of characters in Blackbirds’ Garden consists of young inmates, prison staff, Eliza’s husband, and members of the prison’s Board of Inspectors.  Theatre goers interested in mid-19th century attitudes towards women, incarceration, and in particular the incarceration of women, will find Blackbirds’ Garden enlightening. Many of the themes of social justice to which Eliza Farnham devoted her life are found in our own local history which involves the Quakers, Women’s Rights activisim and Thomas Mott Osborne, a native son of Auburn whose prison reform efforts in the early 20th century propelled him to the forefront of the movement. The full-length play will be staged as a readers’ theatre.

 

Nov
14
Sat
2015
Blackbirds’ Garden
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm

Winner of the 2015 Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition

Written by Merlaine Angwall

Directed by Marianna Raho

Made possible by the generous support of the Peter Family

 

Blackbirds’ Garden is set in Mount Pleasant Female Prison, a neighbor to the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York.   It is based on one chapter in the true story of Eliza Farnham, a life-long reformer, abolitionist, and advocate for women’s rights.  In 1844, relying on her connections with Horace Greeley and other reformers, she took a job as Women’s Warden at Mount Pleasant.  There, following in the footsteps of British Quaker Elizabeth Fry, she adapted modern notions of rehabilitation including kind treatment, education, and the use of music.  Despite the reforms she was able to make, Farnham’s liberal views brought her into conflict with other staff members.   Ultimately, the prison’s trustees came to regard her as dangerous, and in 1848 they succeeded in driving her out.   As one inmate puts it, ”You want to stay here and they force you out and I want to get out and they force me to stay.”   

Blackbirds' Garden posterThe cast of characters in Blackbirds’ Garden consists of young inmates, prison staff, Eliza’s husband, and members of the prison’s Board of Inspectors.  Theatre goers interested in mid-19th century attitudes towards women, incarceration, and in particular the incarceration of women, will find Blackbirds’ Garden enlightening. Many of the themes of social justice to which Eliza Farnham devoted her life are found in our own local history which involves the Quakers, Women’s Rights activisim and Thomas Mott Osborne, a native son of Auburn whose prison reform efforts in the early 20th century propelled him to the forefront of the movement. The full-length play will be staged as a readers’ theatre.

 

Dec
4
Fri
2015
“A Christmas Carol” Radio Show
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm

A Christmas CarolThe Morgan Opera House and the New Mercury Radio Theatre of New York announce

the opening of an exciting new production of Charles Dicken’s imortal classic “A Christmas

Carol.”  The performances are scheduled to coincide with the

Village’s celebration of Christmas In Aurora.

This timeless story of a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge huddled in his London counting house,

rejecting any need for human kindness in the name of Christmas, will be staged as a 1930s

radio show. ‘Broadcast’ from the New Mercury Radio Theatre of New York the show will be

hosted by Orson Welles. Close your eyes and join us on a journey to Merry old Londontown,

hear the clip clop of horse’s feet on cobblestone streets, the sounds of children dancing around

a bonfire, the chimes of Big Ben cutting through the snow laden fog as Scrooge makes his way

home along a darkened alley to begin a journey through time and space in a race to save his

eternal soul. Directed by J.G. Hertzler, this not-to-be-missed performance will uplift your

spirits and put you in a holiday mood.

Dec
5
Sat
2015
“A Christmas Carol” Radio Show
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm

A Christmas CarolThe Morgan Opera House and the New Mercury Radio Theatre of New York announce

the opening of an exciting new production of Charles Dicken’s imortal classic “A Christmas

Carol.”  The performances are scheduled to coincide with the

Village’s celebration of Christmas In Aurora.

This timeless story of a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge huddled in his London counting house,

rejecting any need for human kindness in the name of Christmas, will be staged as a 1930s

radio show. ‘Broadcast’ from the New Mercury Radio Theatre of New York the show will be

hosted by Orson Welles. Close your eyes and join us on a journey to Merry old Londontown,

hear the clip clop of horse’s feet on cobblestone streets, the sounds of children dancing around

a bonfire, the chimes of Big Ben cutting through the snow laden fog as Scrooge makes his way

home along a darkened alley to begin a journey through time and space in a race to save his

eternal soul. Directed by J.G. Hertzler, this not-to-be-missed performance will uplift your

spirits and put you in a holiday mood.