Event Calendar

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

Gap Mangione and his New Big Band
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gap Mangione and his New Big Band

Gap Mangione’s New Big Band’s music is legendary ranging across Latin, Smooth, Pop, Swing, Blues and more. This carefully assembled band, comprised of the best musicians in the Rochester area, features a compliment of three trumpets, three trombones, four saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalists. Its repertoire draws from the swing era bands through the more modern big bands to a cross section of the best selections in popular music. Arranged by Gap, specifically for this group, the emphasis is on quality, style and variety. In a nutshell, there’s something for everyone regardless of your taste in music. And, it’s all wrapped up in Gap’s infectious and engaging presentation. Guaranteed to leave you smiling and humming on your way home.

The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble will perform on September 29th at 4PM

The Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble is thrilled to be returning to the Morgan Opera House for an afternoon of chamber music classics on Sunday September 29 at 4:00 pm.  Ensemble members Shannon Nance, violin, Roberta Crawford, viola and Stefan Reuss, cello, will be joined by guest artists Richard MacDowell, clarinet and Lara Sipols, violin.

They will perform:

Mozart’s brilliant String Quartet, KV 421, in D minor, the romantic duos Op. 89 for violin and cello by Reinholt Gliere, and Brahm’s autumnal masterpiece the Carinet Quintet, op. 115 in B Minor.

A free wine tasting with food pairings will follow the performance at Bet the Farm, 381 Main Street.

War of the Worlds – Radio Show
Nov 2 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
War of the Worlds live radio show Saturday, November 2 at 8pm


J.G. Hertzler  will direct a live, onstage re-creation of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio production of “War of the Worlds” at the Morgan Opera House .  Relive the excitement and drama of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic performed with authentic sound effects as originally intended for radio listeners.   This re-creation of the 1938 radio production also features the talents of Irving Cook, Danielle Bates, William Christoffels,  Gavin Keaty and Matt Winberg.   J.G. Hertzler is best known for his role as  General Martok in “STAR TREK: DS9″, but has also appeared in regional theaters around the country, on Broadway, as well as on television.  The Morgan Opera House is the perfect venue for such a unique performance given its phenomenal acoustics and historic atmosphere.

Tickets Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $8.

Klezmer Kings
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Klezmer Kings

Klezmer Kings

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.

The Body of Eva Peron
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-authored by William Untiedt and Angela Gant
Directed by Siouxsie Easter

(not recommended for children under the age of 16)

 What happens to Evita after “Evita”?  Why are Juan and Isabel carrying her body with them? The Body of Eva Peron dramatizes the spirit that infuses the future of Argentina and why, to this day, Eva is the virtual patron saint of Argentina.  Come cheer with her, Argentina!

William B. Untiedt is a Denver-based playwright whose work has won numerous awards and been produced in eight states.  The Crossroads Theater did a reading of his full-length playCastling in April and Promised Land has been accepted into multiple festivals this summer and fall.  He is a recovering journalist, a petroleum landman, and a dad.

Angela Gant has received two national playwriting awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has attended the Sundance Theatre Laboratory as the Kennedy Center Grantee.  In 2009, Ms Gant wrote the book for the musical Three Dames Make a Queen, which debuted at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. She is completing her PhD at Texas Tech University.

The Body of Eva Peron is the seventh winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  In 2005, the friends and family of Ms Peter,  a playwright, actress, and lover of history,  established a fund to underwrite the GABP Playwright Competition to honor her memory and to encourage the writing and production of theatre art.  The announcement of the next competition and its criteria will come in the fall of 2014.

Judy Furness – “Dig Deeper”
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm

History of local cemeteries.    Free

Diane Ackerman
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm

Postcard imageThe Morgan Opera House presents New York Times best-selling author Diane Ackerman on June 6 at 8pm.

Come hear this award winning, Ithaca based writer read from her many books including The Zookeeper’s Wife,  A Natural History of the Senses and her most recent landmark book, The Human Age.

“Diane Ackerman’s vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure…” – Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel

“One of our most adventurous, charismatic and engrossing public science writers” –NY Times

Renate Rewald Literary Arts Series sponsored by James and Lydie Hanelin

Free and open to the public.  Donations accepted.


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.


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.


Lewis Henry Morgan at 200: The Legacies of a Nineteenth-Century Aurora Scholar
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm

Illustrated presentation by Robert J. Foster, Professor of Anthropology, University of Rochester

Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was born in Aurora, NY and became a distinguished Rochester attorney and businessman who served two terms in the New York State Legislature. He was also an internationally known scholar who corresponded with Charles Darwin, influenced Karl Marx, and established the fields of anthropology and archeology in the United States. In 1931, a Democrat and Chronicle article hailed Morgan as “Rochester’s most distinguished man of science.”  Today, however, Morgan is hardly remembered in the city that he once called home. What are Morgan’s legacies and how might they be appreciated today?