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Saturday, July 14, 2018
Yellow SubmarineYellow Submarine

Fully restored for its 50th Anniversary, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

“For all of its groovy fun, YELLOW SUBMARINE offers a subliminal reminder that the power of love never goes out of fashion.” - Film Threat.

“This charming fable chronicling the Beatles' battles to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies is one of the best testaments ever to the redeeming value of good music.” - Washington Post.

“The blend of stunning music and innovative visuals makes this a true festival of the senses.” - Total Film.

Rated G, 90 mins.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Yellow SubmarineYellow SubmarinePlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chautauqua County History Lecture Series

FREE General Admission (Donations Accepted)

Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry presents a program detailing local and national research on Patrick Tyrrell, a Dunkirk resident later hailed as a national hero.

Tyrrell was appointed deputy sheriff  in Chautauqua County in 1868, and later became an agent for the Secret Service.  His investigations and arrests of several notorious counterfeiting rings led to his eventual involvement in thwarting a plot to steal Abraham Lincoln's body in 1876. He is credited with preventing the theft; and histories published in the Chicago area depict him as a shining character.  However, records held in the County Archive in Mayville suggest that Tyrrell's personal and professional life were marred by accusations of corruption and abuse.

Was he a hero or a scoundrel, or perhaps a bit of both? In her presentation, Henry will discuss the records used to piece together the story of Tyrrell and his family.

Michelle HenryMichelle HenryHenry was appointed County Historian in March 2000, and also serves as the county’s Records Management Coordinator. She was one of the first historians in New York State to be certified as a Registered Public Historian.  A past director of the Chautauqua County Historical Society, she has written several articles for local and state publications, including the New York State Archives Partnership Trust's Archives magazine and the Chautauqua County Historical Society's Timelines magazine.

Henry is well-respected by historical societies in Chautauqua County, for which she has spearheaded numerous workshops to teach dedicated volunteers.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Penn State University and a Masters degree in Anthropology and a Museum Studies Graduate Certificate from Arizona State University. 


Saturday, July 21, 2018
Book ClubBook Club

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous “50 Shades of Grey,” catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.

“The special appeal is watching four stars who have given us immeasurable pleasure in the past and are at it again.” - Wall St. Journal.

“It's light entertainment meant to be shared, a big glass of summer fun that goes down easy.” - Indiewire.

“BOOK CLUB is an airy dinner conversation set before a spectacular backdrop, a sure-fire bet to be the breeziest two hours you spend in the theater this summer.” - The Atlantic.

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material throughout and for language, 104 mins.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Please see the previous entry for more information about this film.Book ClubBook Club
Saturday, July 28, 2018

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now.

“It’s a fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing documentary that makes one heck of a play to remind people of Ginsburg’s vitality and importance, now more than ever.” - Indiewire.

“Make no mistake about it, this woman is a force, and the great service this clear-eyed and admiring documentary provides is to emphasize not just Ginsburg's work on the court but how extraordinarily influential she was before she even got there.” - LA Times.

Rated PG for some thematic elements and language, 96 mins.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
RBGRBGPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Friday, September 14, 2018

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

Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on topics of sports, television, dating and family life using tongue-in-cheek humor.  She is one of the only female comedians who is relatable to every audience member - male and female!  After seeing her perform, nearly everyone wishes she was their best friend or sister!

Tammy Pescatelli's After School Special is her latest comedy special.  It was filmed earlier this year and is a highly anticipated follow-up to her award-winning one-hour Netflix special, Finding the Funny.

Pescatelli's career jump-started after competing on - and being named one of the Final Five - on NBC's Last Comic Standing.  Her season drew 17 million viewers, garnering her a host of loyal new fans that found themselves alongside those she had amassed through years of touring comedy clubs.  It solidified her as one of the sharpest women in the comedy world!

She recently has been seen in appearances on The View, Guy's Grocery Games: Comics Compete and The Howard Stern Show.  She was chosen by Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of their Dirty, Sexy, Funny franchise that included a hilarious all-female slate of stand-up comedians comedy special on EPIX/Hulu, a touring show and a pilot for A&E Network.

With a slew of other accolades under her belt - including co-creating, executive producing, writing and starring in her own reality show, A Stand Up Mother, on the WEtv Network - Pescatelli has appeared on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, A&E's Donnie Loves Jenny, Bravo's Rocco's Dinner Party, CBS' The Talk, NBC's Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best, as well as her own Comedy Central Presents special that won the Network's Standup Showdown that year.

She also was a guest several times on the syndicated Comics Unleashed show and was chosen for its Best of the Best that was a worldwide top-selling DVD.  Internationally, she was featured on Best of Just For Laughs, in Montreal, and The World Stands Up and The Laugh Factory, in Europe and Australia.

Pescatelli's material is currently a fixture on the comedy channels of Sirius/XM Radio; and she is a regular guest of The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show, TapOut, and the syndicated The Bob and Tom Show.  Her film credits include: Made in Brooklyn, I am Battle Comic, Single: A Documentary Film and Everybody Wantes to be Italian.

A regular on USO Comedy Tours, where she is honored to perform for troops all over the world, Pescatelli continues to tour and perform to sell-out shows around the country.

Collin ChamberlinOpening for Pescatelli is Collin Chamberlin. A young, quick-witted comedian based in Pittsburgh, Chamberlin has an easy, likeable style.  He has been featured at comedy clubs such as Hilarities, Milwaukee Comedy Café, Buffalo's Helium, Go Bananas and the Pittsburgh Improv, where he placed second in 2014's Best New Comedian Competition.  He has performed at several festivals including the North Carolina Comedy Festival, the DC Comedy Festival and the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival.  He has worked with many national acts including Christina Pazsitzky, Greg Warren, Dave Coulier, Taylor Williamson, Jamie Lissow and SNL's Kenan Thompson.  He even has had an onstage role with Steve Martin and Martin Short!


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Sunday, September 23, 2018

FREE Admission (ticket required)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Fredonia folk music favorites Carmen & Dick Gilman invite their musician friends from throughout the state to join them on the Opera House stage for an afternoon of great music, dance and a humorous story or two!

There also are raffles, drawings for door prizes and loads of fun.

The official kickoff to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, this event is great fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Although admission to this event is FREE, tickets are required and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Captured live via satellite from London's West End

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

An American GI's chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the "City of Light."  Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs and show-stopping choreography, and with a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris was captured live in performance during its West End run for exclusive screenings in cinemas throughout the US.

Experience this "old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance!" (Wall Street Journal)

The production runs two hours, 40 minutes. 


Thursday, October 4, 2018
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

FREE General Admission

The State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia festival presents the 1932 comedy Horse Feathers.

The film stars the four Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo.  Groucho plays the scheming president of Huxley College, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, who plans to make the school's football team a winner.  Harpo and Chico are mistakenly recruited as professionals to play on the team for the big game against rival Darwin U.  Zeppo is Frank Wagstaff, son of the college president.

Elements of the era are depicted in the film, such as Prohibition, a speakeasy, and bootleg liquor.  Actress Thelma Todd has the featured female role of Connie Bailey, the "college widow," a term of the time for a woman who remains near a college after graduation in order to associate with college men.  Jokes are made about the amateur status of college football players and how eligibility rules are stretched by schools - a reference that remains relevant today.

Horse Feathers is the Marx Brothers' fourth feature motion picture. The original review by The New York Times stated the movie "...aroused riotous laughter from those who packed the theatre for this first performance. Some of the fun is even more reprehensible than the doings of these clowns in previous films, but there is no denying that their antics and their patter is helped along by originality and ready wit."  It is listed as No. 65 on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 funniest movies in American cinema, "100 Years ... 100 Laughs."

This screening will present the recently remastered version of Horse Feathers. Unrated, the film runs 67 minutes. 

The evening will include prizes, as well!

The Freedonia Marxonia festival, created by a student at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1987, celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup, set in the fictional country of "Freedonia."

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. 


Friday, October 5, 2018
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

General Admission - Pay What You Will to benefit the 1891 Fredonia Opera House

As part of the State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia celebration, and with support from an anonymous donor, actor/writer/director Frank Ferrante brings his acclaimed show An Evening with Groucho to the Fredonia Opera House.

Described by The New York Times as "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material,"  Ferrante also has been called "the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended," by Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morris Ryskind.

Discovered by Groucho's son Arthur when Ferrante was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Ferrante originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur), portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85.

For this role, Ferrante earned New York's Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.  He reprised the role in London's West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Comedy Performance of the Year. 

Ferrante also played the Groucho role in the off-Broadway revival of The Cocoanuts and has played Captain Spalding in several productions of Animal Crackers, winning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his portrayal at Goodspeed Opera House and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in Washington, D.C, at Arena Stage.  In Boston, he played the Huntington Theatre in its record-breaking run of Animal Crackers and landed on the cover of American Theatre magazine.

He has now performed as Groucho more than 2,500 times in more than 400 cities worldwide.  Recently, he toured An Evening with Groucho in Australia playing 35 cities as well as in extended runs at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. 

Ferrante directed and played the lead role, Pseudolus, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, receiving rave reviews and acknowledgement in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten performances in the country for 2017.

Other regional roles include Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (which he also directed); George S. Kaufman in By George (which he wrote); Oscar in The Odd Couple; and leads in The Sunshine Boys, Lady in the Dark and Anything Goes. He has performed more than 1,200 performances as the comic Latin lover Caesar in the cirque show Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle, San Francisco and Amsterdam.  On television, Ferrante played a speaking mime on Rob Corddry's Emmy Award-winning comedy Children's Hospital, and can be heard as the voice of Lyman, Odie's first owner, on the animated series Garfield, and on SpongeBob SquarePants as Patrick's boss. Additionally, he stars in the web series Caesar's World now viewable on Funny or Die.

Ferrante has directed M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr in the Kaufman & Hart comedy George Washington Slept Here and revivals of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers.  He directed and developed the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Old Wicked Songs and brought Groucho: A Life in Revue to PBS as director, producer and actor.

Ferrante also was a question on the TV program Jeopardy: "He took his portrayal of Groucho Marx to New York in 1986."  The answer: "Who is Frank Ferrante?"

An Evening with Groucho is presented with support from an anonymous donor.  Pay What You Will admission is at the door to benefit the Fredonia Opera House.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891. 

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.


Saturday, October 6, 2018
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

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Aida at the Met in this kick-off to the Live at the Met season. 

Mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili is her formidable rival Amneris with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the warrior Radames in Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece.

This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists.

Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. 

Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met's monumental production, which runs three hours, 56 minutes, with two intermissions. 



Saturday, October 20, 2018
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

When mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera in the title roles of Camille Saint-Saens’ biblical epic Samson et Dalila.

Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimelech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Darko Tresnjak, the 2014 Tony Award-winning director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies in this, the first new Met production of Samson et Dalila in 20 years. 

Sir Mark Elder conducts this production, which runs three hours, 29 minutes, with two intermissions. 


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Starring Ian McKellen

Broadcast live via satellite from London's West End

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

The Chitester Festival Theatre's production of King Lear, starring Ian McKellen, received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  The Independent called McKellen's performance in the title role an "extraordinarily moving portrayal."

Jonathan Munby directs this "nuanced and powerful" (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

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


Saturday, October 27, 2018
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Giacomo Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson.  Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance.

Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized 1910 world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in the audience.

The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini’s most appealing heroines - a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves.  Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, La Fanciulla del West has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini’s best works. 

Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which runs three hours, 42 minutes, with two intermissions. 


Friday, November 2, 2018
Tammy Pescatelli Presents ... Jeffery Jena

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

At a time when a lot of guys his age are winding down their careers, Jeffrey Jena is finding his second wind. At a time when a lot of guys in their early 60s are going to their kid's college graduations, he is coaching his son's 8th grade golf team!

In the 1980s and 1990s, Jena was one of the premier comics on television and the comedy club circuit. Over the past decade, he has established himself as one of the country's top corporate and cruise entertainers.  "My audience," he says, "has moved from smoke-filled clubs to sleek cruise ships and private events.  I just followed them."  And, they have responded!

At recent events he received high praise and standing ovations for his blend of one liners, storytelling and touching personal tales.  His act is focused on family and coming to fatherhood later in life. Both he and his wife were well into their 40s when their son Miles arrived. "If you want the whole story behind that," Jena teases, "you gotta see the show!"

In his years as a stand-up comic, Jena appeared on more than 40 national television shows, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and on the Showtime Comedy Club Network.

As an actor, he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including Raising the Dead with Allison Eastwood.

He has opened for artists as varied as Barry Manilow, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Delbert McClintock and Englebert Humperdink.  He also has written material for a wide variety of comedians including Ron White and Marty Allen.  A frequent guest on the Bob and Tom nationally syndicated radio show and the Mark Germain Talk Show in Los Angeles, he also is one of the most requested and played comedy artists on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He recently taped a special for VidAngel's Dry Bar Comedy series and which can be downloaded on its streaming service.

As one of the top comedy instructors in the country, Jena's students are working on television and in clubs across America. Former students include Bob and Tom Show regular Patrick Keane, NBC Last Comic Standing winner Dat Phan, and David Waite who has appeared on the Comedy Central network.  


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

ENCORE screening of 2015 broadcast ... captured live via satellite from London's National Theatre

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

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

"Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet!" ... Daily Telegraph 

"This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation." ... Variety

"One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever." ... Time Out 


Friday, November 9, 2018
General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, he became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge.

Staines quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Staines has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Over the decades, you have heard Staines singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas.  In the fall of 2015 Yankee Magazine, New England's premiere magazine, published its "80th Anniversary Issue."  In the issue, along with the likes of Stephen King and Katherine Hepburn, Staines was chosen as "One of the 80 gifts New England has given to America." 

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Staines continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.

Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland. Iestyn Davies is Mark's brother Terry, with Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland; and acclaimed soprano Denyce Graves is Marnie's mother.

Robert Spano conducts this production, which runs three hours, 17 minutes, with one intermission. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

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

On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph.  Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love.

La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville's style.  The ballet of the same name marks the start of dancing on pointe.  It is not fortuitous that it was in that ballet that the ballerina — Marie Taglioni, the first ballerina of the romantic era — was to rise on pointe, since the sylphide, after all, is a maiden of the air.

Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece. 

The ballet runs two hours, with one intermission. 



Saturday, December 15, 2018
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, in Giuseppe Verdi's beloved La Traviata.  Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.  Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Verdi's La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities - and challenges.  Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.

The production runs three hours, seven minutes, with two intermissions. 


Thursday, January 10, 2019
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 Gorge 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 three hours, 30 minutes. 


Saturday, January 12, 2019
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on - for the first time at the Met - the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion.

The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczala as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri.

Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where The Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

The opera occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day, yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier - and lover - Maurice of Saxony.  Francesco Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the production, which runs three hours, 33 minutes, with two intermissions. 


Thursday, January 31, 2019
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

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

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.

La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history - a story of love, death and vengeful judgement, set in India.  Dazzling costumes and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the "Kingdom of the Shades," illuminate this tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya's doomed love for her warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. 

From its first performance, the ballet was universally hailed by critics as one of the French choreographer Marius Petipa's supreme masterpieces, particularly "The Kingdom of the Shades," which has become one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet.

As staged by the Bolshoi, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, this is a must-see theatrical event.

The ballet runs three hours, 20 minutes with two intermissions. 



Saturday, February 2, 2019
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

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

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performance, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna who captivated audiences as her lover, Don José, in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

The production runs three hours, 21 minutes, with one intermission. 


Saturday, March 2, 2019
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. 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. 


Saturday, March 30, 2019
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

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/ Children
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


Saturday, May 11, 2019
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. 



Friday, May 24, 2019
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. 


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