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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:30pm
A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodA Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
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 


7:30pm
Dark WatersDark Waters

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. Then he’s contacted by two farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill, destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner, Tom Terp (Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight - one that will test his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

“Riveting, responsible and deeply unsettling, a first-rate film like DARK WATERS is a rare and welcome chapter in the dramatic fabric of how one unlikely person can make a big dent in the world of social injustice.” - The Observer.

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some disturbing images and strong language, 126 mins.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
7:30pm
Dark WatersDark WatersPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
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 


Friday, April 3, 2020
7:30pm

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

Takin' It To The Streets is the ultimate Doobie Brothers tribute show.

This incredible concert performance covers all of The Doobie's great hits and an occasional deep track or two with stunning accuracy. You'll hear Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Listen To The Music, Takin' It To The Streets, What A Fool Believes, Rockin' Down The Highway, Minute By Minute, Black Water and many more!

With amazing vocal skill and top notch musicianship, Takin' It To The Streets brings it night after night, show after show. The Doobie Brothers concert experience doesn't get any better than Takin' It To The Streets.

"The vocals were incredible, the musicianship amazing" - Florida Today

"Outstanding - The Doobies would definitely approve" - Kansas City Pitch

"One of the best tribute concerts we've seen" - CBS New York

 


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 


Saturday, April 18, 2020
7:30pm

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

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


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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