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Friday, October 2, 2020


Author and performer Noah Diamond will present his illustrated lecture Home Again: The Marx Brothers and New York City from his home in New York on Fri., Oct. 2, Groucho Marx's 130th Birthday!  (This live-streamed event is a change from the previously scheduled 400 Years in Manhattan, which had been planned for the Opera House.)

The Marx Brothers were born in New York City.  There, they spent their early childhoods, performed on vaudeville stages, starred in three Broadway shows (I'll Say She Is, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers), filmed two movies (The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers), and associated with creative contemporaries, like Irving Berlin, George S. Kaufman, and members of the Algonquin Round Table.  Home Again: The Marx Brothers and New York City, directed by Amanda Sisk, promises to be an entertaining, informative and special event!

Noah DiamondNoah Diamond

Noah Diamond was one of the organizers of New York City's 2014 Marxfest; was the creative force behind bringing the Marx Brothers' 1924 musical I'll Say She Is to the Off-Broadway stage in 2016; and is the writer and performer of 400 Years in Manhattan, an award-winning show at the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City.  He is currently cohost of the Marx Brothers Council Podcast.

He is the author of Gimme a Thrill: The Story of I'll Say She Is, the Lost Marx Brothers Musical, and How it was Found; Love Marches On; and 400 Years in Manhattan

Diamond was the guest speaker at Freedonia Marxonia 2017, presenting The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929 here at the Opera House.

It's exciting to welcome him back, although from a distance, for Freedonia Marxonia 2020.

Please see the Freedonia Marxonia website - - for details on accessing the live stream as the date for this event approaches. 

Noah Diamond's presentation is supported by a grant from the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.  Freedonia Marxonia is supported by the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

General Admission $40, $32 Students

An Evening with Celebrated Solo Pianist George Winston!

George Winston is undeniably a household name.  He's inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums.  A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. His music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

Winston's classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017's Spring Carousel - A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums.

He just released his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Record.  Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston's place in a chaotic world - his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.  The album is now available at



Friday, December 11, 2020
With the Ed Croft Trio

General Admission $10, $5 Students

People of all ages will enjoy this concert that features the Ed Croft Trio performing the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi.

Croft started his career playing in the New York City subways with famed blues musician Carolina Slim. From there, he began playing local shows with his rockabilly band, The Moonshiners. Upon graduating from high school, he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, which he completed in 2013.

It was at Fredonia that Croft had the chance to perform and study with local legends such as Tom Gestwicki, John Bacon, Bruce Johnstone, and more, including an orchestral concert with Yo Yo Ma. Before he'd completed his studies at Fredonia, he began a career as a touring musician starting with two years traveling with celtic rock band The Town Pants, and touring for another two years with bluegrass band The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers.

In between national shows, music festivals, and local showcases, Croft received his Masters degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied under Jeff Halsey, David Bixler, and Chris Buzzeli. He also was able to perform with Mike Stern, Dave Samuels (of Spyro Gyro fame), Gary Smulyan, Tim Hagans, Jimmy Heath, and Conrad Herwig during his time in Ohio.

The Ed Croft Trio performs the music of A Charlie Brown ChristmasThe Ed Croft Trio performs the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Now, Croft resides in Buffalo, where he is making a big impression on the local music scene. As a freelance bassist, he has performed with Buffalo jazz greats Darryl Washington, Greg Millar, Rey Scott, and Bobby Jones. He has also shared the stage with Buffalo Music Hall of Famers such as Doug Yeomans, Mary Ramsey, Ray Hangen and Joe Rozler.

In December 2017, Croft became one of the founding members of The Tim Clarke Soul-tet. This ensemble presents rarely heard soul jazz classics, along with original compositions that expand on the genre's tradition.

Croft won the 2018 JazzBuffalo Poll for Best Acoustic Upright Bassist (a repeat win from 2017), Rising Star, and the John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year awards. The results of these awards are decided on by residents of Buffalo and Western New York.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Think of a young Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, or Nickel Creek; then, mix in the on-stage energy of Billy Strings and the homespun rapport of Balsam Range, and you have Cane Mill Road!

The four young men - Liam Purcell, Tray Wellington, Eliot Smith, Casey Lewis - roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC, and Rocky Gap, VA, to meet and make music — thus the title track of the band’s latest album, Gap to Gap. The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music 

Rapidly rising in the bluegrass scene, the Billboard-charting artists are the youngest to garner an IBMA Momentum Band-of-the-Year nomination (2018), a feat they repeated in 2019.  In addition, both mandolin/fiddle player Liam Purcell and banjo player Tray Wellington have been nominated for Momentum Instrumentalist-of-the-Year.

In 2017, Cane Mill Road landed a slot in the prestigious IBMA Ramble Band Showcase.  Grey Fox Folk Festival selected them as an Emerging Artist for its line-up in 2018; and this year, they opened the main stage at Grey Fox.

In addition to Grey Fox, the band has performed at festivals including MerleFest, Wide Open Bluegrass, Delaware Valley Bluegrass, Bluegrass Island, Carolina in the Fall, Silver Dollar City, and at hundreds of other venues/festivals over the past five years.  They also performed internationally with a nine-day tour of Argentina. 

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Cane Mill Road members rock the traditional bluegrass standards on which they were raised.  They also boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, blues, jazz, and Americana. 

Signed by the Patuxent Music label, the band’s first two albums spent seven weeks on Billboard’s bluegrass albums chart and included two Top 10 debuts.

"Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, NC, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music...the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association.”  -- No Depression Journal of Roots Music

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