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Sunday, March 21, 2021
7:30pm

$15 (Household Live Stream)

Several area musical theatre performers have joined forces to present the Opera House's first live streamed concert!  Aptly titled Opening Up/Back to Broadway, the show features Julie Costantini, Scott Costantini, Jennifer Davis, Jim Foley, Chris Switala, Steve Wendell, and Holly Weston, with Jim Welch on piano. 

The performance showcases the music of Broadway and includes selections from musical theatre classics as well as contemporary blockbusters, including Evita, Hamilton, Rent, Waitress, Moulin Rouge, Come From Away, Guys and Dolls and Frozen.  Also, Les Miserables, Shrek, Music Man, The Bridges of Madison County, and others.

The show is the brainchild of Opera House Board Member Jenn Davis.  "I was talking with a few friends who are singers and regular performers in local productions about how we have been on 'pause' from performing for so long due to the pandemic," she says.  "We've missed performing so much.  So we thought we'd create our own opportunity and help the Opera House at the same time!"

 
Friday, March 26, 2021
7:30pm

$15 (Household Live Stream)

Established in September of 2018, Chautauqua Brass is a New York-based chamber ensemble with a keen focus on music education rooted in musicians' wellness. Coming from different places across North America, each member brings his own tastes in music to the group, which is reflected in the wide variety of music found in its concert programs. With a vision set on fostering a healthy community of musicians and listeners from all walks of life, the members of Chautauqua Brass believe that music is the best way to bring a community together.

Growing in popularity throughout the Chautauqua region, the group performs a mixture of classical and pop music, including songs not typically performed by brass ensembles.  In addition to performances, the group also offers educational workshops and master classes for student musicians of all ages.

The group's four core members include Devin Bennett, Bobby Fisco, Landon Gray and Daniel Marion.

Bennett, the resident Canadian in the group, comes from the mountains of British Columbia. He was raised in International Schools all over the world, and loves to experience different cultures. He has since settled in the Chautauqua area to make music with Chautauqua Brass, and work with Musicians Wellness of North America.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Fisco comes to Chautauqua Brass from Pittsburgh, where he completed his Masters of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary teachers have included Jan Kagarice, Ed Zadrozny, Peter Sullivan, and Jaime Morales-Matos. He serves as the musical arranger for the group, which he describes as a fun challenge given the unique and adaptable instrumentation of the ensemble.  Away from Chautauqua Brass, Fisco is an assistant clinician at Musician’s Wellness of North America.

Originally from Santa Rosa, California, Gray holds a degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas. He enjoys playing a diverse selection of music. 

Rounding out the bottom of the ensemble, Marion is Chautauqua Brass’ Bass Trombonist. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he discovered a love for music in early grade school, Marion made the switch to bass trombone in high school upon playing in the school’s big band. His primary teachers include Jan Kagarice, Vern Kagarice, Tony Baker, Darren McHenry, Tony Corson and Gary Phillips.  He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bass trombone performance degree.  Marion is an active freelancer and has performed with The Metro Praise Orchestra, a jazz big band based in Fort Worth, TX, and the Grammy-nominated One O’clock Lab Band.  In his time off the horn, Daniel works with Musican’s Wellness of North America as an assistant clinician.

  

 

 


Saturday, April 10, 2021
7:30pm

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

Rapidly rising on the bluegrass scene, Billboard-charting artists Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road perform internationally winning both industry awards and the hearts of fans who turn out to see them at some of the most iconic venues and festivals:  MerleFest, Floyd Fest, Grey Fox, Wide Open Bluegrass, The Station Inn, and Silver Dollar City, just to name a few of the hundreds of places played over the past six years.

Named Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 2019, Liam Purcell & Cane Mill Road has been recognized as one of the fastest growing bands on the scene.  The group's latest release, "Roots," debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album charts, and was streamed more than 30,000 times within two weeks of its release.

Purcell & Cane Mill Road has performed on national TV on PBS three times, including being featured this season on David Holt's State of Music Show.  The band's first four albums resulted in 12 weeks total on Billboard's Bluegrass Album chart including a #2 spot right behind Billy Strings.  The band also is featured on Jim Lauderdale's album "When Carolina Comes Home."

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Purcell leads Cane Mill Road as the group rocks the traditional bluegrass standards Purcell was raised on, yet boldly writes original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time and Americana. 

Purcell is only 18, yet the multi-instrumentalist has performed internationally, garnered two IBMA nominations for IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, and was one of the youngest musicians selected for the Savannah Music Festival's Acoustic Music Seminar.

"The future of bluegrass.”  -- No Depression Journal of Roots Music

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 

 


Friday, October 22, 2021
7:30pm

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

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in its more than four decades of performing, making its music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the band itself has received five IBMA awards and two Grammy nominations.

The group's sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music.  With Cahill's unique banjo-playing style as a foundation, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain a bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from the band's award-winning John Denver tribute album. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, received a 2019 Grammy nomination, five 2018 IBMA nominations and was named IBMA Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The group also has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving bluegrass music, in 1984 The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

The Special Consensus' continued success is a testament to its adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020. 

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


Friday, November 19, 2021
7:30pm

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 GeorgeWinston.com

 

 


Friday, December 10, 2021
7:30pm
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.


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