Notes From the Aisle Seat

AN OPERA HOUSE PODCAST ON THE ARTS

Join us every other Wednesday for a new episode of Notes From the Aisle Seat, the Opera House’s podcast on the arts in northern Chautauqua County!  Your host is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia Tom Loughlin. 

Each episode explores the rich landscape of the visual and performing arts that exists in northern Chautauqua County, from the many art galleries and exhibition spaces to performing arts organizations to the individual artists and performers that call this area home.

Notes From the Aisle Seat is available almost anywhere you listen to podcasts, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, Spotify, and now Amazon Prime Music, as well as on the Opera House YouTube channel, or here.

Current Episode
Episode 2.3

Tom Fitzgerald, of the Canadian fiddling, step-dancing family band, The Fitzgeralds, discusses the band's performance at the Opera House on Oct. 7; Chautauqua County Historian Michelle Henry talks about the next Chautauqua County History Lecture on the County Poor Farm; and Jefferson Westwood, Director of the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, discusses this year's events.

Past Episodes + -

Rick Davis, Opera House Executive Director discusses the fall season of events; Emilio Palame discusses his feature-length film The Knights of Swing, which will be playing at the Opera House on Sept. 23; and Cindy Yochym and Noah Diamond talk about this year’s Freedonia Marxonia, to be held on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30.

Ben Baker, a local musician now living in Rochester, who has released a new album, Many States, discusses the process of creating that album. David and Ann Rose talk about their September 9th concert at the Opera House. And, Marcia Merrins, President of the North Shore Arts Alliance, and Lisa Eppolito, a local potter, give us the lowdown on the upcoming Labor Day weekend edition of the Art Trail Hub Crawl.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Alberto Rey discusses the upcoming Art and Architecture presentation of Pissaro: Father of Impressionism. at the Opera House.  Paul Preston, of The Movie Guys, a website devoted to all things movies and Hollywood,  talks about two of the upcoming films in the Opera House Cinema Series: Downton Abbey: A New Era, and The Phantom of the Open.

Visual artist Sara Baker Michalak discusses her latest work, how her preferred medium has changed over the years and an upcoming exhibition.  Christina Rausa, regional actor and President of the Board of Lakeshore Center for the Arts, talks about Lakeshore’s coming production of Becky’s New Car, which she is directing.

Collin Parker-Szekely, 15 years old and the featured piano soloist for the Saturday Bach and Beyond concert, talks about his coming performance. Also, Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner Tom Paxton, who will appear at the Opera House in concert with the Don Juans on Saturday, June 18, discusses his storied career.

Marcia Merrins, president of the North Shore Arts Alliance, shares the excitement over the upcoming Arts Trail Hub Crawl going on May 28th and 29th from 10am-5pm; Maestro Grant Cooper discusses the return of the Bach and Beyond Festival, celebrating its 25th offering June 10-12.

Jefferson Westwood, Director of SUNY Fredonia’s Rockefeller Arts Center, talks about this year’s Commencement Eve Pops concert; Director Tina Rausa and actress Jenn Davis discuss the Lake Shore Center for the Arts’ production of Becky’s New Car; Dr. Robert Strauss talks about Live at the Met’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera House; and Heather Pierson of the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio talks about her eclectic and colorful musical stylings.

Dan Ihasz of the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia discusses Live at the Met’s production of Turandot May 7 at the Opera House (00:44); Host Tom Loughlin walks the 54 1891 Run for the Opera House and chats with other walkers and runners along the way (19:58); and SUNY Fredonia Alumna and rising artist Nia Drummond talks about her coming concert that is the inaugural performance in the Helen Tinch Williams Recital Series (43:21).

Rick Davis, Opera House Executive Director, talks about the coming 1891 Run for the Opera House (01:10); cast members from The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Main Street Studios discuss their experience in mounting the unique musical production (19:40); and Ted Vigil talks about how he came to create a tribute show honoring the late John Denver (41:30).

Vinnie Brandi, drummer for Takin’ it to the Streets: The Doobie Brothers Tribute Show, discusses the group’s Apr. 8 concert at the Opera House (01:13); SUNY Distinguished Professor Alberto Rey talks about the use of color by three artists in Easter in Art: The Greatest Story Ever Painted, part of the Art & Architecture Series at the Opera House (17:03); and guest director Yao Khalil talks about the Department (38:18).

John Massier, curator at the Hallwells Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, discusses his curated exhibit “New Shapes From Old Tropes,” now on display at the Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia (01:16); SUNY Fredonia Assistant Professor Phil Hastings talks about his recent $10,000 artist award from the New York State Council on the Arts and the project it funds (21:21); and Paul Preston, of the Movie Guys, discusses the next films in the Opera House Cinema Series (39:41).

The Ekstasis Duo of Dr. Eliran Avni and Natasha Farny talk about Ekstasis 2.0, a series of afternoon recitals presented by their students at the Opera House (02:30); Distinguished Teaching Professor Julie Newell talks about the next two Live at the Met operas (13:17); and Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham of the Celtic duo Waterhorse talk about their upcoming concert at the Opera House (27:58).

SUNY Fredonia Professor Dr. Vernon Huff and Guest Artists Dr. Andrew Megill talk about the Fredonia Choral Festival (01:14); Daniel Lendzian gives a preview of Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play  at the Rockefeller Arts Center (17:18); and Dr. Nick Weiser discusses jazz studies at SUNY Fredonia and the upcoming Fredonia Jazz Orchestra concert (37:54).

Professor Todd Proffitt, Chair of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia, gives a preview of the coming season offerings (01:35); Dr. Sarah Hamilton, Anna Mattix and Dr. Geralyn Giovannetti, of the Can-Am Trio, discuss their recent $20,000 grant and coming concerts in WNY (14:09); and vocal illusionist Lynn Trefzger and a special guest start talk about their upcoming show at Marvel Theatre on the SUNY Fredonia campus (33:35).

Audrey Kay Dowling from the Portage Hill Gallery talks about her recent NYS Council on the Arts award and the 40th anniversary of her gallery; Distinguished Teaching Professor Alberto Rey discusses impressionism in advance of the upcoming Art & Architecture On Screen Series offering; and Hyla Stellhorn talks about her current installation at the Octagon Gallery in the Patterson Library in Westfield.

Paul Preston of The Movie Guys talks about the January movies at the Opera House; Julie Newell discusses the 2022 Live at the Met offerings.

Ed Croft talks about his craft and his trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas concert at the Opera House; two of The 5 Browns talk about the sibling performing group and their holiday concert at SUNY Fredonia’s Rockefeller Arts Center; Mike Randall discusses his Charles Dickens portrayal at St. John’s UCC Church; and Ted Sharon and Ben Sheedy talk about the vision for Main Street Studios and the coming performances of A Christmas Carol.

Marcia Merrins speaks about the North Shore Arts Alliance; Jack Bausch and Michael Morrissey discuss their roles in SUNY Fredonia’s The Normal Heart; and Kevin Ganzekaufer talks about his original work The Happy Prince and Other Tales at Main Street Studios.

Angelika Summerton on ballet, the Bolshoi’s Spartacus and the Fredonia Dance Ensemble; Dr. Robert Strauss and Daniel Lendzian on the Hillman Opera’s production of Il Matrimonio Segreto; and Jim Boltz and Dr. Dick Gilman, who reminisce on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Opera House reopening.

Maestro Glen Cortese about Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s Halloween Spook-tacular concert; Hyla Sue Stellhorn about the current exhibition at the Marion Art Gallery; Matthew B. Cullen and Julia Marie Black on the creation of Common Ground Theatre Company and its first production, Everything Feels Like the End of the World.

SUNY Fredonia’s Dr. Jessica Hillman-McCord and Broadway veteran Jen Cody on the college’s production of The Wild Party; Prof. Alberto Rey on the Opera House Art & Architecture Series’ Raphael Revealed; Greg Cahill of bluegrass band The Special Consensus.

SUNY Fredonia’s Jefferson Westwood on the Rockefeller Arts Center’s coming season; Dr. Robert Strauss on Live at the Met; Cynthia Yochym on Freedonia Marxonia 2021.

Rick Davis on the Opera House Capital Improvements made during COVID; Ekstasis Duo’s Eliran Avni and Natasha Farny.