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Saturday, February 16, 2019
7:30pm
Stan & OllieStan & Ollie

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake their past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Ollie’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. Aware that they may be approaching their swan song, they try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

“You’ll laugh all the way through, you’ll cry by the end, and you’ll see the brilliance of Laurel & Hardy come back to life via the very same cinematic magic that made them legends in the first place.” - IGN.

Rated PG for some language, and for smoking, 97 mins.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30pm
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Bridge Theatre

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

"Leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness" - The Independent

Alan Bennett's sharp and hilarious new play is "just what the doctor ordered" (Daily Telegraph).  Don't miss this acclaimed production full of "sing-alongs and stinging wit" (Guardian), filmed live at London's Bridge Theatre during its limited run for release to cinemas worldwide.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a small town in Yorkshire, is threatened with closure as part of a money-saving efficiency drive.  A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of its old people's choir.

One of Britain's best-loved writers, Alan Bennett's celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were made into films.  Allelujah! is his 10th collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.

The play contains strong language and is recommended for ages 15 and older. 

 


Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks - including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs - in Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment.

Maurizio Muraro is the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield.  Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner also will make a cameo in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp.  Enrique Mazzola conducts.

This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way. 

This production runs two hours, 35 minutes, with one intermission. 

  


Friday, March 8, 2019
7:30pm
Tammy Pescatelli Presents ... Aaron Kleiber

General Admission $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)

Aaron Kleiber has been entertaining his entire life - from climbing atop his grandmother's coffee table as a child, being voted class clown in high school to taking the stage at comedy clubs across North America today.

On the strength of his energizing, crowd-pleasing live performances, Kleiber has emerged as one of the most in-demand acts in stand up, touring alongside Bob Saget, Jim Breuer, Bert Kreischer, John Witherspoon, Josh Blue and Steve-O.  He has appeared on the #Deathsquad tour with Doug Benson, Tom Segura, Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redband as well as on the top-rated podcast Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson and the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show.

He has opened for comedy greats Billy Gardell, Emo Phillips and Bobcat Goldthwait as well as one of his comedy idols, Sinbad.  Now, he is a bonafide headliner himself playing clubs all across the US and Canada. 

Kleiber made his nationally televised stand up debut on AXS-TV's Gotham Comedy Live in 2013; and his set was featured as part of its Best of the Season episode.  Named a Top 5 Finalist in the 2014 Big Sky Comedy Festival, he also has been named Best Comedian three times by Pittsburgh Magazine.

As an accomplished comedic actor, Kleiber can be seen in a guest-starring role on the Nickelodeon series Supah Ninjas.  He costarred in the film Help Me, Help You opposite Sabrina Bryan, appeared in the acclaimed drama Warrior starring Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte, and was featured in the original series The Mercury Men on the SYFY Network.  Seen as the face of the Pennsylvania Lottery as President Grover Cleveland, he also has appeared in numerous national and regional television commercials.

Kleiber studied improv comedy and writing at the legendary Second City in Chicago before having his first of three children.  A native of Pittsburgh, Kleiber has been a fixture in the city's booming comedy scene producing multiple shows monthly including the weekly Comedy Sauce showcase, the longest running independent comedy show in Pittsburgh, and StandUp GetDown, an original stand up comedy gameshow/party/competition now being booked all over the country.  He can be heard weekly on his hit podcast Grown Dad Business, chatting with other comedians and creatives about parenting, childhood and the comedy life. 

Opening for Kleiber will be Suzanne Lawrence.  Lawrence has performed all over the country and has been a featured performer in the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and the Burning Bridges Festival, at the Pittsburgh Improv and is a regular at Arcade Comedy Theatre.  She has opened for headliners Chris Kattan, Shane Torres and Felonius Munk.  A graduate of West Virginia University with a BFA in Acting, and MS in Psychology, she then moved to LA with her husband where she landed a number of acting jobs, including the coveted role of "office floozy" in a network pilot before moving to Pittsburgh and diving into the world of stand-up comedy.  She lives with her husband, 3-year-old daughter and various morbidly obese pets.

 

Sponsored by EBC West


Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Take an immersive journey through the life, works and struggles of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio.

His existence, no less than his art, is characterized by lights and shadows, contrasts and contradictions, genius and sobriety. Revolutionary artist, he was often not so beloved by contemporaries.

He travelled Italy in search of luck or perhaps in search of himself, escaping the enemies that he always found at his passage. Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Malta, Sicily. His death seems a twist of faith: he died in Porto Ercole, one step away from Rome, one step away from salvation.  

Roberto Longhi, a Caravagio expert, explores in the artist's masterpieces the echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional.

These evocative moments - thanks to the use of light and cinematic techniques - allow viewers to go deep inside the mind and soul of Caravaggio, empathizing with his impulses and fears.

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Nottingham Playhouse

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

In National Theatre Live's first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse comes the multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III.

Written by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs).

It's 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world.  But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.  With the King's mind unraveling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 

With a rating equivalent to PG-13, the production runs approximately two hours, 40 minutes. 

  


Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.  Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. 

The second opera in Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

Philippe Jordan conducts this production, which runs four hours, 55 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!

Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are:  Derek Johnson - guitar & lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar & lead vocals; Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals; Mark Anderson - bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica & harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.

Monroe Crossing has recorded 15 CDs to date. Their latest release is entitled, "Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country." It is a collection of cover songs from the golden era of country music (1950s & '60s). Songs from George Jones, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are brought back to life with bluegrass instrumentation and that special Monroe Crossing vocal blend.

Whether playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass, or even songs outside the bluegrass genre, Monroe Crossing is one of the most active and most entertaining acts on the bluegrass scene today!  

Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated; but this major show hosted by London's National Gallery and Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum in 2014, was an event like no other.

Given privileged access to both galleries, Rembrandt documents this landmark exhibition, while interweaving the artist's life story with behind-the-scenes preparation at these world-famous institutions. 

Exploring many of the exhibition's key works, with contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this cinematic production makes a welcome return to the big screen marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death.

For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived; and this deeply moving production seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place


Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30pm
Four-time Grammy Award Winner and Founding Member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

General Admission $30, $25 (Opera House Members), $15 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

John McEuen and his unique cast of iconic Americana string wizards share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career and its landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album, initiated by John.  With narrative and early NGDB music, McEuen takes us on the band's incredible journey interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard early classics, and Carter Family music, all in a multimedia presentation that features archival footage.  Add to that new selections from his latest album, Made in Brooklyn.

McEuen helped found the NGDB in 1966.  In October of 2017, following the band's 50th anniversary tour, McEuen left the group to pursue his own tour dates and projects, which include this special multimedia concert.

In 1971, McEuen initiated what Rolling Stone called "the most important record to come out of Nashville" and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called "the most important record in country music" - Will the Circle be Unbroken.  The platinum-selling album was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2004 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 as a historic recording.

In 1977, the NGDB became the first American band to tour the then Soviet Union.  With 28 sold out shows, the tour included a televised broadcast reaching 130 million people.  The band and its tour are featured in 2017's Free to Rock documentary about how American music helped bring down the Iron Curtain.

John McEuen and the String WizardsJohn McEuen and the String Wizards

McEuen is a four-time Grammy winner: in 2004 for Best Country Instrumental with special guests Earl Scruggs; in 2009 when Mr. Bojangles was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a historic recording; in 2010 as producer for Steve Martin's Best Bluegrass Album The Crow, and 2011's Hall of Fame induction for Will the Circle be Unbroken.  He recently was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame; and Deering Banjos made a special "John McEuen" model in his honor.

McEuen has performed continually for more than five decades.  He has performed more than 9,500 concerts, and traveled more than 3 million miles to do it.  He has appeared on more than 300 television shows, both with NGDB and solo; recorded more than 40 albums that have earned four platinum and five gold recognitions; won Grammy, Country Music Association, American Country Music, and International Bluegrass Music Association awards; received an Emmy nomination; and performed as guest artist on 25 other noted artist's albums.

In all of this, he has influenced some of today's most acclaimed artists:  "I went to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in college at Gallagher Arena.  A bunch of guys in the dorm pooled our monies together and threw in an extra buck to pay one of the guys to sleep out for tickets.  We got front row seats!  We were having the time of our lives when during a fiddle solo, John McEuen leaped over the monitors and past the edge of that stage and landed in between John Mathiason and me.  McEuen never missed a lick of that solo!  THAT MOMENT is forever etched in my soul!" -- Garth Brooks, 2014

 


Friday, May 10, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $25, $23(Opera House members), $10 (Students)
DFT Communications Spotlight Series

The Off-Broadway hit comedy Men are from Mars - Women are from Venus LIVE! is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up ... a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray.

When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical.  Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.  This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. 

Sexy and fast-paced, the show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!  It's a great recipe for a date night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book.  A delicious evening of entertainment! 

 

 

Series Sponsored by DFT Communications  


Saturday, May 11, 2019
12:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $175 Live at the Met Subscription, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Francis Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom.  Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.

The opera takes place between 1789 and 1794 in Paris and in the town of Compiègne in northeastern France, the site of the Carmelite nuns’ convent. Its historical basis is the martyrdom of a group of 16 Carmelite nuns and lay sisters from Compiègne, who chose to offer themselves as victims for the restoration of peace to France during the Revolution. 

The production runs three hours, nine minutes, with one intermission. 

  

 


Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Journey from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas' works is the most representative in Britain.

With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this cinematic production tells a fascinating story of Degas' pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learned from studying the past masters.

Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eyesight; but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made.  Never fully satisfied, many of Degas' drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime; but now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era.

Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this production reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas' artistic mind. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle.

The passionate one-act ballet Carmen Suite by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.

This double-bill production encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian ballet. 

The ballet runs two hours, 20 minutes with one intermission. 

  


Thursday, June 20, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

"I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.  In the exhibition on which this production is based - Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam - one can see why. 

Though Vincent Van Gogh never actually visited Japan, it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.  One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh.

Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan - through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists - Van Gogh's encounter with Japanese art gave his own work a new and exciting direction.

After leaving Paris for the south of France - to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find - the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. 

In this overlooked story of Van Gogh's art we see just how important his study of Japan was.

This cinematic production travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know today. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

1918.  As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end.

It is the time of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas were circulated, Freud discovered the drives of the psyche and women began to claim their independence.  It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of Secession were artists Gustav Klimt and his protégé and dear friend Egon Schiele.

Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-experienced access, Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche recounts this extraordinary moment in art history. 

This cinematic production provides an in-depth examination of images of extraordinary visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt's mosaic-like works, to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality. 

The production runs approximately one hour, 20 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Fredonia Place 


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