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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


Friday, May 29, 2020
7:30pm

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

The Probables are a rhythm-driven, "folkcana/roots" rock band from Jamestown, NY.  Formed in March of 2016, the group hit the ground running with the release of its EP that same year.  With influences of Americana, Folk, Contemporary, Bluegrass and Rock, the result is a unique fusion by a talented group of experienced musicians.

The Probables consists of five members: Steve Johnson - Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar, Matt Gronquist - Accordion/Fiddle/Vocals, Adam McKillip - Mandolin/Vocals, Ryan Ecklund - Bass, and Nick Campbell - Drums.

The group's distinctive name was decided upon during a booking exchange with the organizer of the annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY.  The band had not yet chosen a name when it expressed interest in making a debut at the Festival.  The event's organizer responded, "I'll probably book you, so I guess we should just call you 'The Probables'."  The rest is history ...

"So much great music comes from the great state of New York that it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes to wade through all the new releases.  The Probables broke through the stack for me and made an impression with their new EP, 'The Home.'   They call it Folkgrass; and I tend to agree.  Songwriter/singer Steve Johnson gives us some great folk lyrics but I think it's Matt Gronquist on accordion, fiddle and mandolin, who crosses it over into that wonder blend of Bluegrass and Folk that makes this band an instant fave.  The songs 'I'm Home' and 'Homeward Bound' were instant standouts for me and should be added to any Bluegrass or Folk radio rotation!" -- Angela Miakoda, "Roots Music Report"

 

 


Thursday, June 4, 2020
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Stage on Screen Flex Subscription

Every one knows about the T-Rex and the other dinosaurs we normally hear about and see on exhibition in natural history museums.  But where do these exhibits come from? How do these giant creatures of the past end up on display?

The cinematic production Dinosaurs traces the path of these fascinating pre-historic creatures from digging sites in the wide-open plains of Wyoming and South Dakota, where the bones are first unearthed, to the labs where the bones are reassembled by some of the world’s most renowned experts.

This is a thrilling journey that takes viewers to the world’s most exclusive galleries and auction houses, where wealthy collectors and prestigious scientific institutes go to great lengths to acquire the world’s rarest specimens. 


Saturday, June 20, 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 


Thursday, June 25, 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. 


Thursday, July 16, 2020
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Stage on Screen Flex Subscription

This highly engaging cinematic production takes the viewer on a journey through the life of one of the world's iconic female artists: Frida Kahlo.  She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life.  Guided with interview, commentary and Frida's own words, Frida Kahlo uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, Frida Kahlo explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real artist.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works, we examine how great an artist she can be considered.  Displaying a treasure trove of color and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate production offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics, and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo - the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk-style clothing have made her a muse to generations - but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?


Thursday, August 27, 2020
7:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Stage on Screen Flex Subscription

This spectacular cinematic production tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries.  Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.

The history of the museum is marked by the acquisitions of the enlightened Empress Catherine II, whose personality has continued to fascinate art historians and critics over the centuries. Toni Servillo leads viewers on this journey through the Hermitage and the magnificent city of St. Petersburg with its waterfront, statues, canals and the bridges that form a symbolic cultural and visual element between places and distant civilizations. 

 


Saturday, August 29, 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, 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


Friday, October 2, 2020
7:00pm
A multimedia program by Noah Diamond, presented as part of Freedonia Marxonia's 2020 theme, "New York City and the Marx Brothers"

General Admission

Like the children of millions of other immigrants, the Marx Brothers started their lives in Manhattan.  New York City is where the Brothers were born, spent their early childhoods, performed on vaudeville stages, starred in three Broadway musicals, filmed two movies, and associated with a variety of creative contemporaries.

To talk about the birthplace of the Marx Brothers, author, performer, and Marx Brothers expert Noah Diamond returns to Fredonia to present "400 Years in Manhattan."  Diamond was a New York City tour guide for several years.  From this experience, he wrote and developed this production, which tells the history of Manhattan with humor and affection.  "400 Years in Manhattan," directed by Amanda Sisk, had a successful run at the 2019 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, where it received the Best Educational Show Award.  This Freedonia Marxonia performance contains extra Marx Brothers content!

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Noah Diamond was the creative force behind the restoration and revival of the Marx Brothers' 1924 Broadway musical I'll Say She Is, also playing the role of Groucho in the 2014 FringeNYC and 2016 Off-Broadway productions.  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.  Diamond was an organizer of Marxfest, a month-long festival that included activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City in May 2014.  It celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Marx Brothers adopting their "o" names.  He was the guest speaker at Freedonia Marxonia 2017, when he brought his delightful illustrated lecture, "The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," to the Opera House.  Currently, he is a co-host of the Marx Brothers Council podcast.

Come to Fredonia's historic Opera House to see this innovative presentation, and learn about the history of New York City and the Marx Brothers - on Groucho Marx's 130th birthday!

Admission to the presentation is FREE (donations accepted to benefit the Opera House).

Noah Diamond's appearance in Fredonia is supported through the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund and the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.  The Hahn Family funds Freedonia Marxonia, the annual festival that celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup, set in "Freedonia."  


Saturday, October 3, 2020
1:00pm

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

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas around the world from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love, Roxanne.  There's just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart.  Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxanne's world alight?

Edmond Rostand's masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd.  This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano's powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

"The most breathtakingly exciting show in London right now" -- Evening Standard

"I defy anyone not to fall in love with it" - The Telegraph 

   

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


Friday, October 9, 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


Friday, October 16, 2020
7:30pm
Ted VigilTed Vigil

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

You won't believe your eyes - or ears - when Ted Vigil takes the stage as the legendary John Denver.

The accomplished tribute artist will perform the late singer's music when he returns to the Opera House after a near sell-out performance in 2012. 

Vigil has always had a love of music and the stage.  The Seattle native began singing for audiences at an early age.  He started in the church folk band at the age of 8 and continued singing in musical productions in high school.

In 1990 he began writing, recording and performing his own original compositions.  In 2006, Vigil competed against performers from 28 states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada to win first place in "Talent Quest '06" in Laughlin, Nev.

After his win, and after years of hearing how much he resembles the legendary Colorado musician, he began to play a John Denver tribute show.  He sang his way across the U.S. and in 2007 shared the stage with Keith Anderson, Jeff Bates and Kevin Sharp on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's annual "Travelin' Kountry Kruz."  That same year, he won a "Celebrity Look-Alike" contest in Seattle for looking like ... you guessed it, John Denver. 

Three years later, Vigil met Denver's lead guitarist, Steve Weisberg.  A bond was formed and the two began to tour together in a special tribute to the iconic pop star.  The two toured together until Weisberg's death from lymphatic cancer in 2014.

In less than a decade, Vigil's performance has developed into an act with a national appeal, featured at casinos, night clubs, fairs, festivals and with symphonies across the U.S.

He certainly has found his niche.  The comment most often heard following one of his concerts is "I can't believe how much he looks and sounds like John Denver ... it really takes me back!" 

 


Wednesday, November 4, 2020
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, November 13, 2020
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

 


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