Event Calendar

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

May
20
Sun
2018
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.

 

Jun
2
Sat
2018
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.

Jul
28
Sat
2018
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.

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Funded in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant

Aug
23
Thu
2018
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

Oct
7
Sun
2018
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

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Klezmer Kings
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Inspired by the folk music of Eastern Europe,  Dana Mandel and his band of talented Klezmorim  produce the finest of tunes with the greatest of enthusiasm.  Romantic love songs, songs of patriotism, wedding music, laments,  and even some contemporary songs from musical theater and the movies will get your toes tapping and body swaying. But, the rhythmic dance songs will have you in the aisles. Locally recognized as the premier Klezmer band in CNY, the group makes an annual appearance to benefit the Morgan Opera House  and this event is funded entirely by Lifespan Therapies of King Ferry. Tickets at $8 for all adults and $5 for children 12 and under are available at the door.Klezmer Band

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Incendiary Agents
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

“Incendiary Agents” is one of three plays selected as winners of the Morgan Opera House’s seventh Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition. Set in the 1960s, against the backdrop of anti-establishment rebellion, Jim Crow and the Viet Nam war, this original play focuses on a small group of idealists, including two members of the clergy, who determine to protest the war by breaking into a federal building to destroy draft records.  The consequences of the “simple” burglary are greater than anything they might have imagined.  Jack Karp’s work explores the questions,  “What impels people to march and plot and be willing to be arrested for their beliefs.  How do they draw the line between what they’re willing to protest and what they’re not?”  Directed by Siouxsie Easter, Associate Professor of Theatre at Wells.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs


Aug
17
Sat
2019
We Will Not Be Silent
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm

Individuals are sometimes willing to risk everything for a cause in which they believe.  But how far is one willing to go to risk the lives of friends and family?  We Will Not Be Silent explores this dilemma as it presents the intense confrontation between 21-year-old Sophie Scholl, a university student activist who led the only major act of civil resistance to the Nazi during WW II, and Kurt Grunwald, her interrogator.  Both wield strength; one wields power. Based on the true events which occurred in Munich, Germany in 1943.

The cast includes Jim Byrne as Kurt Grunwald, Mallory Cleere as Sophie Scholl, and Luke Lauchle as Hans Scholl. Patti Goebel is the set and lighting designer. Production assistant is Liz Sherman.

We Will Not Be Silent is the 13th original play to be performed at the Morgan Opera House as a winner of the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Playwright Competition.  Written by David Meyers and directed by Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre at Wells College.

David Meyers is an actor and playwright based in Los Angeles and New York. As a writer, his plays have been produced and read off-Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. He has been published by Applause, Smith and Kraus, and more. As an actor, he has appeared on TV, film, and national commercials. www.DavidActs.com  @DaveActs