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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
Born and raised in Poplar Ridge, NY, Dave McKeon and his band Moonshine Falls return to the Morgan Opera House on Saturday, September 14 at 8PM. Moonshine Falls bridges the gap between Traditional Bluegrass and the “New Blue” movement playing bluegrass standards and writing their own songs that blend seamlessly with that canon.
Co-sponsored by the Aurora Free Library.
J.G. Hertzler returns to the MOH stage as Mark Twain revealing the secrets of a long life with music, jobs programs and shipbuilding with music, tales of Barbers and livestock, medical advice on castor oil, cigars and good scotch with music, ” Life on the Mississippi” in 1870…followed by “After Life on the Potomac” in 2020..with music by the “Oldfangled Troubadors, Uncle Joe Chicone and Fiddlin’ Rene Baum”. Mark Twain using an I-Phone ??? Yes, because this Twain will comment as himself, as Sam Clemens, and as JG Hertzler. From 1835-to 2020, the two Twains shall meet at the Morgan Opera House. Sponsored in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant and Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
This lively and enthusiastic band has provided evenings of European folk, American Pop and all genres in between for many years as a benefit for the Opera House. Clarinet, sax, percussion, accordion, piano, voice and more share the music making with both gusto and sweetness. If you haven’t experienced Klezmer before, now is the time. Thanks go to Dana Mandel and Lifespan Physical Therapies for their support.
Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble performs the seventh of what has become an annual Sunday afternoon, early fall concert. The group always presents a singular, piano-free program for the Opera House. This year’s features two extended Classical period quintets, the Kuhlau Quintet for Fute and Strings in D Major, Op. 51, No. 1, and the Mozart Quintet in C Major, KV 515. The group consists of Janet Sung, violin; Roberta Crawford, viola; and Stefan Reuss, cello, with guests Jessica Tong, violin; David Rose, viola; and Barry Crawford, flute. Sponsored in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant. https://
Bones East, a group exceptionally talented trombonists, will present an exciting program at the historic Morgan Opera House Sunday, November 17 at 1 PM. Lead by William Harris, former principal trombonist with the Syracuse Symphony and retired music professor at Syracuse University, Christmas tunes plus classical and jazz numbers are on the program. The group plays familiar tunes arranged in four-part harmony by Tom Camp for maximum resonance. The performers include a range of musicians —mostly semi-professionals, retirees and students from all over Central New York—who volunteer their time and talent. The donations will benefit the Morgan Opera House programing. Contact email@example.com more information about Bones East.
POSTPONED in response to the need for social distancing due to Covid-19
The Probables are a “rhythm-driven, folkcana/roots rock band” that has sought to perform in all the opera houses in Western New York (along with other venues). Many music lovers in the region became familiar with founder Steve Johnson as the lead singer and main songwriter for the popular jam band Big Leg Emma, which performed at the Grassroots Festival and opened for Donna the Buffalo. After Big Leg Emma went on hiatus in 2015, Johnson picked up the pieces and created The Probables in March 2016. When writing material for the band, he stayed true to his rock, folk and bluegrass influences. The addition of Adam McKillip – an already accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist from Erie, PA – has added an extra boost to the band’s sound and power. The lineup changes came at the perfect time, as the band has already spent time in the studio recording new songs for a future release to complement the 2 albums they have already put out, Cumberland Line and this time around. Videos of their performances can be found on YouTube.
Produced by the New Perspectives Theatre Company, it premiered in June 2017 as an interactive series of presentations focused on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in 2020. Each program in the series includes general information about the movement, and highlights the contributions of Theatre Women across all disciplines in gaining the ballot. Each piece includes “In Her Own Words” quotes and commentary from the women profiled, and an in-depth slide show that brings these people and places to life. This last piece in the series highlights the contributions of African American women to the suffrage movement in addition to the efforts of Theatre Women. This performance is funded in part by grants from the Cayuga Community Fund of Central New York and Humanities New York which were awarded to the Howland Stone Store Museum as part of its 100th anniversary celebration + 1 of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote and its dedication of Opendore.
Audience members are expected to adhere to all current Covid regulations regarding masking and vaccinations.
Free, but donations gladly accepted.
The Aurora Book Lovers’ Ball will offer its annual complimentary book talk at the Morgan Opera House on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2pm.
Jim and Lydie Haenlin, long-time residents of our village, will present the book last published by their company, The Cricket Publisher of Aurora, entitled 3 Questions for Today’s Jazz Musicians, prepared by Lilian Dricq.
Jim is a retired journalist and advertising writer. He is now focusing on translating French poetry, and running his small publishing company.
Lydie was a professor of French at Wells College for 34 years. Since her retirement she writes historical fiction and helps manage the Publishing company.
Both are delighted to share their adventure and discuss their most recent publication. Lovers of Jazz should not miss it.
Please join us for this talk. Refreshments will follow.
The Morgan Opera House proudly announces a Classic Chamber Ensemble performance featuring Lindsay Groves, cello, Edgar Tumajyan and Jonathan Hwang, violins, and Victoria Miskolczy, viola. Two pieces by Beethoven, the “Razumovsky” Opus 59 #2 and the “Harp” Opus 74 will be among the selections to be performed. The concert is free but donations would be appreciated. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Made possible by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.
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