Event Calendar

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

Dec
17
Sat
2022
The Shepherd’s Play
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm

The Poplar Ridge Players’ annual production of the Shepherds’ Play (our 44th year!) will be based in Aurora—at the Morgan Opera House– showtime is 7PM on Saturday, December 17. Admission is free.

The Shepherds’ Play is a Medieval play preserved by an isolated community living on an island in the Danube River and not transcribed until the late 19th Century. Parts were handed down through families—something like that has happened with our group, consisting of your friends and neighbors. Like the wonderful Middle English Second Shepherds’ Play, it blends slapstick with reverence.

The Poplar Ridge Players are grateful to the Morgan Opera House and Aurora Free Library for making the great space available.

For more information call/text Chris MacCormick at 607-351-6864

 

Jun
28
Wed
2023
Brig Juice Brass at the Wells College Field House
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brig Juice Brass is a 25-30 piece all-brass, high-energy music ensemble.
Larry Luttinger, Chairman of the NE Jazz & Wine Festival, described them as, “the most unique big band imaginable”.

Formed in 2015, Brig Juice Brass plays a wide variety of music ranging from contemporary big band selections (Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Chic Corea) to all your favorite patriotic songs. During the winter they perform holiday brass music at area malls & museums.

Brig Juice Brass has played performances all over NY State & PA at music festivals, park concerts, drum corps shows & special events.

Music Director Rhys Henson, tells us that the ensemble is made up of brass players aged 17 to 80, ranging from hobbyists, to music educators, to semi-professional & professional musicians.

Brig Juice Brass is always open to brass players who would like to join.
You can contact them at: BrigJuice@gmail.com or visit their website at: BrigJuice.com You can also follow Brig Juice on Facebook to find out where they are performing.

Come out and enjoy the fun, exciting, and unique musical experience that is, Brig Juice Brass.

Jul
29
Sat
2023
Little House Blues Concert
Jul 29 @ 8:00 pm

Aurora’s very own Matt Haenlin brings his band, Little House Blues, to the Morgan Opera House, Saturday, July 29th at 8pm. The concert is free, but donations are welcome.

Based in Massachussetts, the band draws much of its inpsiration from the Chicago blues scene of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s – iconic figures like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, James Cotton, Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson inform the spirit of their music. They interpret a range of standards from that period, honoring the inventors of the genre. But, they also play originals and covers of a few more contemporary surprises in a way that tries to sustain the essence of the blues: a good time, danceable antidote, however fleeting, to the feelings of self-doubt, weariness and despair so undeniably a part of everyday life, that are the blues as such.

Little House Blues is a collaboration of Bill Blatner on blues harp and vocals, Matt Haenlin on electric guitar, Nina Rossi on electric bass and Ben Sears on drums. They started jamming in the fall of 2017 and liked the chemistry so much that they just kept going, building a repertoire and beginning to perform publicly about a year later.
Featured in the band are: Bill Blatner, a journeyman blues harp player and singer who also performs with Blue Shade. Ace guitarist Matt Haenlin, co-founder of the band Cart Blanch, that enjoyed a huge following in Central New York and Boston in the 90’s and 2000’s. Fans of the band, She Said, will recognize local artist, musician and writer Nina Rossi holding down the groove on bass. Ben Sears is best known for his remarkable work as a painter and fine artist, bringing the same focus, professionalism and creativity to his drum work with Little House Blues.

Sep
13
Wed
2023
Women of the Watch, Keepers of the Light
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm

Written and performed by Anna Marck and directed by D.B. Schroeder, “Women of the Watch, Keepers of the Light,” is an uplifting 45-minutes of music, laughter, and simple honest storytelling. Hosted by the Aurora Free Library

Oct
21
Sat
2023
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Oct 21 @ 8:00 pm

Returning to the opera house after 13 years!

Donations welcomed—$20 suggested.

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and thejoyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

Oct
29
Sun
2023
Skaneateles String Quintet
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm

The Morgan Opera House proudly announces the return of the Skaneateles String Quintet, Sunday October 29th  at 4 pm. This stellar ensemble features Yoojin Lee and Laura Smith, violins; Hee Jung Yang and Willie Ford-Smith, violas;  Lindsay Groves, cello. Special guest Gerald Wolf on harmonium.  They will perform selections from the well-loved repertoire of Mozart and Brahms:

Mozart, Quintet in G minor, K. 516
Dvorak, Op 47
Brahms, Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Free, $20 Suggested donation

Nov
5
Sun
2023
Book Discussion with Local Author Tom Wilber
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm

 

This event originally scheduled for Sunday, October 8th, has now been re-scheduled for Sunday, November 5th.

Local author Tom Wilber will discuss his book, “Vanishing Point: The Search for a B-25 Bomber Crew Lost on the WWII Home Front”. Hosted by the Book Lover’s Ball committee.

Nov
18
Sat
2023
Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm

The beloved klezmer music returns to the Morgan Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 18th at 7:30PM. Though the Klezmer Kings dissolved, many of them live on in CUKE! Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble. They will play several genres of klezmer music: American klezmer from New York and Philadelphia of the 1910s and 1920s; the repertoire of New York clarinetist Dave Tarras from the late 1930s to mid-1940s; and Russian (Ukraine/Belarus) klezmer from pre-revolutionary times. Led by Ryan Zawel, trombonist and past member of the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble and Klezmer Kings. CUKE is a student organization of Cornell University, but also includes staff and community members. True to klezmer tradition, they play an eclectic collection of instruments and will appear at MOH playing violins, viola, clarinet, mandolin, cello, trombone, sousaphone, piano, and drum set. Be prepared to enjoy the variety and vigor of their performance.

The concert is free but a donation of $10 to benefit the Morgan Opera House would be appreciated.

Klezmer was originally the ritual and celebratory music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe, where it developed over the course of many centuries. Brought to North America with the Jewish immigration wave from Russia and other Eastern European countries during the period 1881-1924, a modern klezmer tradition developed in the urban centers, particularly in New York City, although it subsequently went into a decline due to the forces of acculturation and assimilation. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place. It has since become one of the most visible transnational music and culture movements involving many thousands of participants on five continents. The recent popularity of klezmer music has brought it far from its roots in medieval minstrel and Jewish ritual and into the sphere of mainstream culture, reaching as far as “Sex and the City.” It has inspired parallel developments in jazz/improvised music, such as the Radical Jewish Culture movement in New York’s Downtown Scene, as well as spawning a new genre of klezmer-influenced art music compositions by composers such as Golijov and Schoenfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec
2
Sat
2023
(Trom) Bones East Octet
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm

Bones East, a trombone octet will give a concert of seasonal and classical music at the Morgan Opera House, Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 PM in conjunction with Aurora’s annual “Christmas in Aurora” celebration.  Family friendly renditions of tunes both familiar and original will include “Silent Night” featuring soloist Dave DiGennaro; Haydn’s “Achieved is Thy Glorious Work”, directed by Bill Harris; and “Angels We Have Heard on High”, a stirring arrangement by Tom Camp as well as many more familiar pieces that brass instruments enhance.  The 8 talented musicians are part of the 25-30 members Trombones East group which was founded by Howard Kelly in the early 1980’s and has performed at colleges, universities, churches and community events throughout Central New York. The volunteer group includes a variety of musicians, mostly semi-professionals, retirees and students. William Harris, former principal trombonist with the Syracuse Symphony and music professor at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College serves as conductor and Tom Camp as arranger and co-conductor.
Monetary donations will benefit the King Ferry Food Pantry.