Event Calendar

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Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm
The Morgan Opera House is pleased to present the 2016 installment the Zabriskie Folk Series of concerts, at 8PM on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters is Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch—”Tradition steeped in possibility.”
Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, has played with many artists, among them the fellows of BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions—singing with Joan Osborne and Julie Fowlis and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. Bruce’s previous collaboration, with Anonymous 4, 1865 – Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD, Tracker, and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.
Bruce writes: “Many of the old players I met years ago said that each person should play their own way, have their own voice, even when playing old tunes and songs. I want to see where traditional music is headed through my own eyes, and have been pounding away at the possibilities. And I’ve been lurking and listening to newer voices emerging around me, and want to be part of where they’re headed, too.”
Allison de Groot, on clawhammer banjo, combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio.
Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Coming over from the punk-metal world, Stash brings great sensitivity and real emotion to the trio, plus some superb guitar and vocal chops.Trio in the woods
Mark Bader @ the piano
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mark is the lead singer/bassist/percussionist and songwriter/producer of The Swooners. He is also a solo pianist/vocalist. Mark plays and sings a wide variety of classics spanning the past century of American Pop Music, from Sinatra to Coldplay. He is an old soul, who shines a a sultry crooner with an undeniable love for bouncy jazz chords. Mark has performed alongside of Lady Gaga and has opened for Soulive.Photo of the Artist

Jamie Notarthomas in the Park
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm

After too many years of absence from Aurora, the Jamie Notarthomas duo will appear by beautiful Cayuga Lake in the Aurora Village Park (behind the Aurora Inn) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday July 13, 2016.  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.guitar player in colorful lighting

Billy Montana
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm

Billy sitting by a sign

IMPORTANT: Tickets for this show must be purchased directly from Ed Heslop at 315.321.2538 or concert@rochester.rr.com. TICKETS CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON THE MOH WEBSITE.

Join us for an intimate evening of story-telling and singing with one of Nashville’s most acclaimed songwriters, CMA winner and Grammy nominee, Billy Montana!   Montana sings and shares stories behind the songs he has written performed by top artists such as Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney.

Montana first picked up a guitar as a teenager in rural upstate New York encouraged by his musician father.  After graduating with a degree in agriculture from Cornell University, Montana decided to try music full time and traded his dream to farm for a record deal with Warner Brothers!

Limited tickets are available for an additional $10 per person to attend a Meet & Greet party, with Billy Montana, at a home in Aurora from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. this event is sponsored by a local benefactor.   Please contact concert@rochester.rr.com or call Ed Heslop at 315.521. 2538, to purchase advance tickets or for more information.  Net proceeds will benefit the King Ferry Food Pantry and the SCCS Girls’ Varsity Basketball team!


Meet Eleanor Roosevelt
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm

Hear ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ speak of her life as the longest serving first lady of the UnitedEleanor Roosevelt
States and of how she came to that exalted position. Nancy J. Snedeker worked at the
FDR Library for 20 years as archivist, photographer and speaker. Based on the
knowledge she gained from her professional life, Ms. Snedeker examines Eleanor’s early
life and rise to prominence through re-enactment followed by the narration of
anecdotes. As part of the Renée Rewald Literary Arts Series, the program is free.

Candide presented by Savoyards Musical Theatre Ltd.
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm

Candide PR GraphicSavoyards Musical Theatre Ltd. presents a special performance of Candide on Saturday, September 24th at 8pm at the historic Morgan Opera House. With a score by legendary Leonard Bernstein, a witty book by Hugh Wheeler and lyric contributions by Stephen Sondheim, Candide is a “masterpiece for the ages”. Directed by Gary Mousdale, this production transplants Voltaire’s satire on mindless optimism (“Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds!”) from the salons of 18th century to the cafes of the dolce vita 1960s. Fast-paced, riotously funny, and with some of the most gorgeous singing in any Broadway score, Candide is a show which will not fail to entertain! The cast is led by tenor Andrew Hudson-Sabens as Candide and soprano Karen Wonder Dumont as Cunegonde. Savoyard favorites also appearing are Anthony DiRenzo as Voltaire, Doug Mathews as Dr. Pangloss, and Elizabeth Frank as the Old Lady. Newcomer Sarah Weldon portrays Paquette and Nick Roscoe is Maximillian. They are joined by a cast of 26 prepared by Music Director Katrina Kuka. The show will be accompanied by Mary Holzhauer at the piano. Candide is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).




Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm

The Morgan Opera House is pleased to welcome the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble for what has become a lovely annual event on a Sunday afternoon in early fall—a small-group chamber concert in the bright, acoustically vibrant space of the opera house.

The Finger Lakes Chamber ensemble has been making good on its pledge to bring the classical chamber repertoire to this area for twenty-five years this year. They have also championed the work of new composers, some of it commissioned. For this year’s concert at the Opera House, the group will consist of Janet Sung, violin, Roberta Crawford, viola, Stefan Reuss, cello, and guest artist Barry Crawford, flute. Apart from Beethoven duos for violin and cello, the emphasis will be on flute, with a duo by the 18th c. French composer Francois Devienne for flute and viola, a Beethoven serenade for flute, violin and viola, and Mozart’s flute quartet in D major, K.285.

The concert is at 4 PM on Sunday, October 9 at the Opera House, which is located upstairs in the Aurora Free Library building in the center of Aurora. Tickets are $15 general admission, available at the door, with students admitted free in keeping with the regular practice of the Chamber Ensemble to encourage young people’s exposure to this wonderful music.   Further information about the Chamber Ensemble is available at the group’s website: http://www.fingerlakeschamberensemble.org/
Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble

Klezmer Kings
Oct 15 @ 7:30 pm

Continuing a long standing tradition,  the Klezmer Kings will again perform at the Opera House Saturday, October 15th at 7:30pm.   Dana Mandel and his band of talented Klezmorim produce the finest of tunes with the greatest of enthusiasm. The folk music of eastern Europe influences the melodies and the moods. Romantic Love songs, songs of patriotism and some contemporary songs from musical theater and the movies are on the program plus some rollicking dance songs that just about pull you out of your seat. Dancing in the aisles HAS occurred! This is a great evening of entertainment and is fully sponsored by Lifespan Therapy of King Ferry.
Klezmer Kings band members

Gap Mangione & his Big Band
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm

Gap Mangione’s Big Band will return to the Morgan Opera House stage and will feature his legendary musical arrangements which include the sounds of Latin, Smooth, Pop, Swing and Blues styles. 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.  Funded in part by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant.

big band on stage

Sip & Swing Beer & Wine Tasting
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Beer & Jazz EventWhether your taste is craft beer or local wine, or both, come to the MOH for Sip and Swing to sample the wares of Aurora Ale & Lager Co. of Aurora and Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing  and some fine wines from Bet The Farm.

Live jazz music will be provided by Cayuga Sax and the Ithaca College Jazz Trio.

Light snacks and nibbles will complement the beverages. You can meet the brewers and wine makers and ask about your favorite beverage.

The event benefits the Aurora Masonic Center and the Morgan Opera House.

Tickets are available at the door, or can be reserved by calling 315-364-5437 or purchased online at www.MorganOperaHouse.org