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Saturday, June 2, 2018
9:00am

Tickets: $11

Join us for the Bach BBQ, Bake Sale & Basket Auction to support the 23rd annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival! 

This year's event will be held in the West Barker Common near the Gazebo, and will feature delicious BBQ chicken and pulled pork lunches served between 11:30am and 3pm or until they are gone (presale tickets must be redeemed by 1:30pm). 

There also will be an assortment of delicious homemade baked goods provided by Opera House members and supporters and a basket auction featuring a variety of baskets donated by area businesses and individuals. 

Tickets to the BBQ can be purchased in advance at the link below or from Opera House Board and staff members.  Because a limited number of BBQ lunches will be available, get your tickets early! 

The BBQ lunch features BBQ by Hector Alverio and includes barbecued quarter chicken, pulled pork sandwich, baby red potatoes, and corn on the cob.

And, don't forget to try your luck at the basket auction, as well.  The Basket Auction and Bake Sale both start at 9am.  Come get a muffin and coffee for breakfast or purchase a dessert to go with your BBQ lunch!


Wednesday, June 6, 2018
7:00pm

FREE Admission (donation accepted)
Chautauqua County History Series 

As the Women's Suffrage Movement recognizes 100 years since the Nineteenth Amendment passed the U.S. House (but failed in the Senate), Jamestown Community College (JCC) Professor Traci Langworthy will talk about Chautauqua County's participation in the Movement. 

Langworthy has been teaching history at JCC since 2004. Nineteenth-century women’s history is a particular passion of hers, along with the broader history of American social reform and the history that surrounds us in Western New York.

In the early 1800s, Western New York was the "West," and its residents included some of the foremost reformers of their day.  Traci LangworthyTraci LangworthyIn her research on the contributions of local women to the suffrage movement she learned about Edith Ainge of Jamestown. Ainge was imprisoned five times in the 1910s for participating in peaceful demonstrations in Washington, D.C. She had a simple request: that women be allowed to vote. But her convictions were considered radical to many in her time period. 

Langworthy's presentation includes video, photographs and lecture.

Although admission to this event is FREE, donations to benefit the Opera House will be accepted in the lobby before and after the lecture.


Friday, June 15, 2018
8:00pm

Bassist Jon PascoliniBassist Jon Pascolini

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 23rd annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Friday's Concert Program includes:

Franz Xaver Richter: Sinfonia con fuga

George Frideric Handel:  Trio Sonata in G-minor, Op. 2 #6
     Cheryl Bishkoff and Sarah Hamilton, Oboes

Anonymous:  Chaconne in G
     Brian Walnicki, Octave Mandolin

George Frideric Handel:  Trio Sonata in E-flat, HWV 382
     Cheryl Bishkoff and Sarah Hamilton, Oboes 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 
     Julie Leven, Violin; David Rose, Viola

Pre-Concert Conversation

Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 

Consider a subscription to the 2018 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a one-hour, post-Festival wine and cheese reception with the musicians immediately following the Sunday concert.  AND - new this year - subscribers are treated to special wine and chocolate mini-receptions that start at the conclusion of the Pre-Concert Conversations and end five minutes before the concerts on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! 

Discount admission, a post-concert reception, wine and chocolate mini-receptions ... all available to subscribers only!  What more incentive could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:00pm
Violinist Jennifer WoodViolinist Jennifer Wood

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 23rd annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Saturday's Concert Program includes:

Arcangelo Corelli:  Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1, in D
     Julie Leven and Jennifer Wood, Violins; Bryan Eckenrode, Cello

Antonio Bertali:  Chiacona
     Julie Leven, Violin

Henry Purcell:  Prologue to Dido and Aeneas
    
Reconstructed by Grant Cooper

Antonio Vivaldi:  The Four Seasons
     Charles Morey, Violin

Pre-Concert Conversation

Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 

Consider a subscription to the 2018 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a one-hour, post-Festival wine and cheese reception with the musicians immediately following the Sunday concert.  AND - new this year - subscribers are treated to special wine and chocolate mini-receptions that start at the conclusion of the Pre-Concert Conversations and end five minutes before the concerts on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! 

Discount admission, a post-concert reception, wine and chocolate mini-receptions ... all available to subscribers only!  What more incentive could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Sunday, June 17, 2018
3:00pm
Violist David RoseViolist David Rose

Reserved Seating $20 ($51 Three-Concert Subscription)

Join us for the 23rd annual Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival!

Bach & Beyond is a lively celebration of Baroque music, happening each June. Spirited performances of some of the greatest music ever written take place in an acoustically ideal setting. Treat yourself to the lighthearted atmosphere that has distinguished the Festival since its beginning in 1996.  Quality performances by Baroque specialists will leave you applauding for more! Though the musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach is the foundation of the Festival, each year we include other great composers whose works reflect Bach's inspirational influence.

Planning for the Festival is still underway, but highlights of the three concert programs have been announced.  

Saturday's Concert Program includes:

Antonio Vivaldi:  Concerto in A-minor, RV 461, for Oboe
     Cheryl Bishkoff, Oboe

J.S. Bach:  Partita, BWV 1004
     David Rose, Viola

Grant Cooper:  Red Tango

Grant Cooper:  White Tango

Matthew Jackfert:  Blue Tango

Astor Piazzolla:  The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires 
     Charles Morey, Violin

Pre-Concert Conversation

Interested in hearing more about each concert program, how it was developed and specific information about the scheduled works?  Join Maestro Grant Cooper and selected Festival musicians for a 30-minute, in-depth conversation before each concert.  Beginning an hour before the concert's scheduled start, these special talks are held inside the theatre and are free to ticket holders. 

Subscriptions are the Best Bargain 

Consider a subscription to the 2018 Bach & Beyond Festival.  Three concerts over three days for only $51.  Individual concert tickets are $20; so, a subscription represents a $9 savings for the three concerts.

In addition to saving on the cost of tickets, subscribers are invited to attend a one-hour, post-Festival wine and cheese reception with the musicians immediately following the Sunday concert.  AND - new this year - subscribers are treated to special wine and chocolate mini-receptions that start at the conclusion of the Pre-Concert Conversations and end five minutes before the concerts on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! 

Discount admission, a post-concert reception, wine and chocolate mini-receptions ... all available to subscribers only!  What more incentive could there be?!?!  Subscribe TODAY!

 

 

 

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature 


Saturday, June 23, 2018
1:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

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

Swanhilda notices that her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppelia, who sits reading on her balcony each day.  But Coppelia, nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, is not what she seems; and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson.

The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppelia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. 

The company's stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous "dance of the hours," and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

The ballet runs two hours, 45 minutes. 

  

 


Saturday, July 14, 2018
7:30pm

Cinema Series General Admission $7 (Adults), $6.50 (Opera House members and Seniors), $5 (Students)

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its original release, The Beatles classic 1968 animated film, Yellow Submarine, gets a cinematic tour of North America, restored in 4k and rereleased in stereo surround sound!

An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages - filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play and glorious, glorious music.

Once upon a time ... or maybe once or twice ... there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland; 80,000 leagues under the seat it lay, a place where beauty, happiness and music reign supreme.

But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all color and hope.  So, it's The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, color and love to the world. 

Beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann's inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques.  From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot-covered roofs and smokestacks of Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic color-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo-inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It's All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy!

Rated G, the film runs one hour, 25 minutes. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018
7:30pm

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of its original release, The Beatles classic 1968 animated film, Yellow Submarine, gets a cinematic tour of North America, restored in 4k and rereleased in stereo surround sound!

An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages - filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play and glorious, glorious music.

Once upon a time ... or maybe once or twice ... there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland; 80,000 leagues under the seat it lay, a place where beauty, happiness and music reign supreme.

But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all color and hope.  So, it's The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, color and love to the world. 

Beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann's inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques.  From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot-covered roofs and smokestacks of Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic color-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo-inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It's All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy!

Rated G, the film runs one hour, 25 minutes.

 


Sunday, September 23, 2018
3:00pm

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
7:00pm
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
7:30pm
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
7:30pm
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
1:00pm
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

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. 

  

 


Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00pm

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 20, 2018
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

When mezzo-soprano El?na 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 when they open the season in the title roles of Camille Saint-Saens’s 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. 

 


Saturday, October 27, 2018
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

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 9, 2018
7:30pm
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.

Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Sponsored by Darwin's Health Club, Inc.  

 


Saturday, November 10, 2018
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

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, January 10, 2019
7:31pm
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. 

  


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