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Saturday, December 7, 2019
4:00pm

FREE Admission
Part of Miracle on  Main Street

Have a holly jolly Christmas with the most famous reindeer of all in the original holiday special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

After being told that he could not play in any Reindeer Games due to his glowing nose, Rudolph sets out on a fantastic journey where he meets Hermey the elf, prospector Yukon Cornelius and a host of Misfit Toys, all while trying to hide from the Abominable Snow Monster.

It's a race against time as his family and Clarice try to find him during a big snowstorm that threatens to cancel Christmas.

Based on the timeless story and song, this Rankin/Bass production features groundbreaking "Animagic" stop-motion animation, narration by Burl Ives and unforgettable songs including A Holly Jolly Christmas, Silver and Gold, and We're a Couple of Misfits

It's pure holiday magic for the entire family!  

Presented in partnership with Festivals Fredonia and Sponsored by the Fredonia Beaver Club.

 


Saturday, January 11, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription) 

After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Alban Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character.

Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.

Among the most visionary and influential composers of the 20th century, Berg (1885–1935) came of age amid an explosion of artistic and intellectual creativity in Vienna. His vocal and instrumental writing merges the revolutionary techniques of Arnold Schoenberg with the grandeur of such late Romantic composers as Gustav Mahler. The libretto is Berg’s own close adaptation of the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. 

One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its 1925 premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

The opera runs one hour, 32 minutes with no intermission. 

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver


Saturday, January 18, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Gillian Anderson (X-Files, A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) star in All About Eve, captured live from the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in London and broadcast to theatres around the world!

All About Eve is the story of Margo Channing.  The legend. True star of the theatre.  The spotlight is hers, always has been.  But now there's Eve.  Her biggest fan.  Young, beautiful Eve.  The golden girl, the girl next door.  But you know all about Eve... don't you...?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

All About Eve is adapted by van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr. 

The original film starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington.  It co-starred George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe, in one of her earliest roles.  Praised by critics at the time of its release, the film received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture.  It is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations and is listed at #28 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Best American Films.

in 1970, the film was the inspiration for the stage musical Applause, starring Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing.  It won the Tony Award for Best Musical that season. 

  

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, January 25, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play.  As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddles with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations ... with hilarious, but dark consequences.

Shakespeare's most famous romantic comedy comes captured live via satellite from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream features immersive staging that transforms the Bridge Theatre into a forest - a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot! 

  

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, February 1, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)  

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years.

James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.

“If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker.

The opera runs three hours, 15 minutes with one intermission. 

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver  


Thursday, February 6, 2020
7:00pm
Ginevra de' Benci, 1474Ginevra de' Benci, 1474

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

Marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death: for the first time ever, ALL of his paintings will be shown in ultra-HD on the big screen!

Leonardo da Vinci is widely acclaimed as the world's favorite artist.  Many TV shows and feature films have showcased this extraordinary genius; but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all - his art. 

His peerless paintings and drawings are the focus of Leonardo: The Works, as this cinematic production presents every single attributed painting, in ultra-HD quality, as never seen before on the big screen.

Key works include: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de' Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and more than a dozen others.  The film also looks afresh at da Vinci's life - his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day - through the prism of his art.

This is the definitive production about Leonardo, and the first to truly tell the whole story.

The production runs approximately one hour, 25 minutes. 


Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her.  Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

In this brand new production of Giselle, world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.

The production runs two hours, 30 minutes.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, February 15, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Broadcast live via satellite from the Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller's blistering drama All My Sons.

America, 1947.  Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story.  They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.

But nothing lasts forever; and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter.  With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin directs the cast, which also includes Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan.

  

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 

 


Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

George Frideric Handel's tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting.

Sir David McVicar's production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to "the present," where it should loudly resonate.

The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina's son and future emperor, Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor, Claudius.

The opera runs three hours, 45 minutes with one intermission.

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver


Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:00pm

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

For the first time in history, The Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud's self-portraits.  The resulting exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.

One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Freud is also one of the very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.  Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later.  When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of aging and the process of self-representation.

This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity to reveal the life's work of a master in one show.

The production runs approximately one hour, 20 minutes. 


Saturday, March 14, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the company for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings.

With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik.

Wagner was the controversial creator of music-drama masterpieces that stand at the center of today’s operatic repertory. An artistic revolutionary who reimagined every supposition about theater, Wagner insisted that words and music were equals in his works. This approach led to the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art,” combining music, poetry, architecture, painting, and other disciplines, a notion that has had an impact on creative fields far beyond opera. 

The opera runs two hours, 25 minutes with no intermission.

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver


Friday, March 20, 2020
7:30pm
Idol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve PerryIdol Kings' Michael Crow as Journey's Steve Perry

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

Experience three very special concerts in one night!

For more than a decade, the Idol Kings have been amazing audiences with their uncanny ability to imitate various artists including Journey, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, three of the most influential artists from the 80s rock era.

Playing top venues from Indiana to New Jersey and Maine to Georgia, the Idol Kings consistently turn in incredible performances to crowds up to 10,000 strong!

The Idol Kings are a group of seasoned professionals who know how to deliver a show.  Hailing from some of the northeast's most successful cover bands, the Kings' credits include recording with Luther Vandross, Curtis Stigers, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and more, and writing with, among others, The Oak Ridge Boys.

Presenting shows of three of the most popular 80s super groups - Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty - a night with Idol Kings is always a nonstop party!

 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, March 21, 2020
1:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride when, instead, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated.  His vow of eternal love to her, however, will have irreversible consequences.

Tchaikovsky's essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon.  Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see!

The production runs two hours, 45 minutes.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 


Saturday, April 11, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns, by popular demand, as Puccini’s explosive diva. Tenor Brian Jagde is the idealistic painter Cavaradossi; while baritone Michael Volle completes the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.

The opera runs three hours, with two intermissions. 

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Friday, May 8, 2020
7:30pm

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

Buffalo trio Inga Yanoski, Brian Walnicki and Michael Yanoski - or, as they are better known, The Bards - are a unique group of musicians who specialize in playing an assortment of popular music, movie tunes, and folk music from European countries like Ireland, Scandinavia and Latvia.

Often described as a “dynamic trio,” the three musicians are classically trained and all have degrees in music performance.  Inga Yanoski provides vocals and plays violin; husband Michael plays hammered dulcimer, harmonium, accordion, and percussion.  And Fredonia resident Brian Walnicki plays viola and octave mandolin.

Inga describes how the group started ... 

"Approximately 10 years ago, I was invited to play Irish tunes for a private birthday party. I wasn’t sure that I could pull this off on my own, so, the first person that came to mind was Brian Walnicki. I knew that he arranged music and had experience playing Celtic music. He jumped on board and began making the potential set list for the party, and before I knew it we had 3 hours of music.

Mike Yanoski quickly became part of the plan because we knew that his percussion talents would be the icing on the cake. We were a big hit at the party and by the end of the night we knew that we needed to play again, together.  Our big debut was opening for John and Mary at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY.  It was for that gig that we needed to come up with a name and hence 'The Bards' were born."

The rest, as they say, is history!

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family


Saturday, May 9, 2020
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 (Members), $10 Students, $142 (Live at the Met Flex Subscription)

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto showcase.

Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

A searingly dramatic setting of Friedrich Schiller’s play about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I of England, Maria Stuarda had a troubled genesis, despite its musical and theatrical brilliance, and only recently achieved a place in the repertory.

The opera takes place in the late 16th century at the court of Queen Elizabeth I in London and at Fotheringhay Castle in central England, Mary’s final place of confinement. At the time of her death in 1587, she had been imprisoned by Elizabeth for more than 18 years.

The opera runs two hours, 29 minutes with one intermission. 

 

The Live at the Met Series is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Saturday, May 16, 2020
1:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Flex Subscription

This opulent triptych was inspired by George Balanchine's visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, on New York's Fifth Avenue.  It celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, by typing each to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.

Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone.  His Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of the choreographer's visually captivating work performed at the Bolshoi by some of the world's most dazzling dancers.

The production runs two hours, 45 minutes.

 

Stage on Screen Series Sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins 

 


Friday, September 25, 2020
7:30pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


Saturday, September 26, 2020
1:00pm

General Admission $10, $5 Students/Children

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show is a fun, interactive show that is written for adults but is very family friendly.  It mixes amazing and unusual tricks with weird and interesting facts, and adds a dash of humor and comedy.  It all adds up to a quick-paced show that will entertain and amaze all ages.

These feathered professionals have more going for them than just their good looks!  No boring lectures here; these birds will astound you with their unusual talents, such as painting, mind-reading, performing card tricks, solving math problems and so much more. 

Squawk! The Amazing Bird Show has been seen on America's Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Animal Planet's Petstar.  These talented funny birds are sure to WOW all ages! 

 

Spotlight Series Sponsored by DFT Communications and the Maytum Family


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