Archive

Monthly Archives: June 2013

With the flooding of Sherburne, the EOH Circus is evacuating to Earlville today.  Our original plans to have our last day of circus and our really big show tonight are now moved to SUNDAY, JUNE 30 here at the historic main stage of the Opera House!

The EOH Circus Team is ready, willing and able to perform this Sunday at 7pm at the Earlville Opera House!

The EOH Circus Team is ready, willing and able to perform this Sunday at 7pm at the Earlville Opera House!

Please come and support our really big show this Sunday!  We have worked all week to make it happen!

The EOH Circus performance is now at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, June 30 at 7pm.

Join us for the culmination of a week of fun and merriment, as OM-Fly Trapeze and Circus artist Jen Taylor leads a zany, crazy evening of circus fun for the whole family. Every kid who dreamed of being a star has a chance to shine in this wonderful performance where all the circus skills come together after an intensive week of fun!  Tickets at the door are $5 adults, $3 for kids but everyone is welcome and no one is turned away if they cannot pay!!

Advertisements

The Earlville Opera House features the silky harmonies and the honky-tonk swing of the Sweetback Sisters on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm.  The Sweetbacks mine the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”  Their performance is generously sponsored by Syracuse New Times.

The Sweetback Sisters romp through vintage honkytonk, western swing and Tex-Mex with equal expertise.

The Sweetback Sisters romp through vintage honkytonk, western swing and Tex-Mex with equal expertise.

The Brooklyn-based Sweetback Sisters have been touring relentlessly since they released Chicken Ain’t Chicken in 2009. Their recent CD, Looking For A Fight showcases the band’s razor sharp musicianship, complex arrangements and growing confidence as songwriters.

The New York Music Daily blog captures the essence of the band: “For one, this band knows their roots. The songs start out sounding about 1953 and go about as far as ten years later, beginning around the time country bands started using electric guitars and taking it up to the Bakersfield era, which employed electric bass and drums along with the Telecasters. They romp through vintage honkytonk, western swing and Tex-Mex with equal expertise. They get their signature sound from the badass vocals of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, who blend voices like the long lost twin granddaughters of Rose Maddox…And yet they’re not totally retro either: the bad-girl personas aren’t just a cliche out of the rockabilly fakebook. The songs here are some of the most enjoyable ones to come out of this town in a long time.”

Cowtown Pattie (really) of BlogCritics.org condenses the band’s sound: “Think “Indigo Girls Meet Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Get Possessed by the Ghost of Patsy Cline While Riding Shot Gun with Bob Wills in a 1939 Ford Pickup,” or even “Dale Evans With Attitude and Swagger” and you might be closer to a description of the band’s special sound…

Looking for a Fight:  "Looking For A Fight has another delight in store for you: The tunes were recorded on analogue tape with vocals sung around an RCA 44 ribbon mic. All this throwback technology is industry-wide known for producing the richest, most pleasing sound of recorded music. Perfect combination for this soulful, yet edgy band."

“Looking For A Fight has another delight in store for you: The tunes were recorded on analogue tape with vocals sung around an RCA 44 ribbon mic. All this throwback technology is industry-wide known for producing the richest, most pleasing sound of recorded music. Perfect combination for this soulful, yet edgy band.” ~ Cowtown Pattie

“Like a pair of luxurious soft cashmere socks for your ears, the silky vocal harmonies of Emily Miller and Zara Bode are a decadent treat.” Don’t miss them on Saturday, July 6th. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5.

The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

You tube links:

Looking for a Fight: the title track of their CD

I’m Gonna Cry: an unrecorded, unreleased song performed at Threadgills…showcases great harmonies and guitar playing

Walkin’ in my Sleep: showcases their fiddler

regional quilts by Gail Strout, Hanya Lockwood, Carolyn Raimy

Last summer’s quilt show included traditional and more contemporary works. All are welcome!

The Earlville Opera House will be holding a regional quilt show to celebrate Central New York’s rich quilting culture from July 13th – August 3rd. Local quilters are invited to exhibit their quilts. Last year’s quilt show at the EOH galleries had over 700 visitors!

The show will be in the EOH West Gallery at the same time that the annual “Contemporary Art Quilts” exhibition runs in the East Gallery.  The dates are from July 13 – August 3 with an opening on SATURDAY, JULY 20th to coincide with the Earlville Community Days Celebration.

All quilts must be received on or by July 6th for hanging.  Please bring them in a protective bag with a label on your quilt and bag to keep them safe in the drop off and return process.

Please call if you have any questions. Quilts should be labeled and an exhibition form should accompany your quilt so that it can be safely returned to you.  The forms may be filled in at the EOH gallery office at the time of drop off or downloaded from www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or if you would like one to be mailed, call the EOH at 315-691-3550.

regional quilt by Paula Schultz of Cottons Etc

This beauty is by Paula Schultz of Cottons Etc

Current EOH hours are Tuesdays – Fridays 10-5, and Saturdays 12-3.  The Earlville Opera House Art Center is located at 18 East Main Street at the intersection with NYS Route 12B.

Genticorum has just released a new CD this May!  The band's last CD won them CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS in 2011 for  "Traditional album of the year" and "Ensemble of the year".

Genticorum has just released a new CD this May! The band’s last CD won them CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS in 2011 for “Traditional album of the year” and “Ensemble of the year”.

The Earlville Opera House features the powerhouse French Celtic music of Genticorum on Saturday, June 29 at 8pm.  If you are new to the Celtic music of Quebec, its joyous traditional Celtic Acadian reels and dances are characterized by strong, percussive foot-stomping and by “call and response” vocals.  Genticorum takes the tradition and weaves precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass into a “big and jubilant musical feast.” Their performance is generously sponsored by Syracuse New Times.

            The band has received accolades for their musicianship at the CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS in 2011 when they won both the  “Traditional album of the year” and “Ensemble of the year”.  They also received the CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARD for their CD “La Bibournoise” for “Traditional Album of the Year” in 2008!

In their interview with Peggy Latkovich in Roots World, she notes: “They can drive through a reel set like a tornado, swirling on an eddy of fiddle, flute, guitar, and foot percussion. And they have a warm way with waltzes and airs.”   And you don’t need to be worried if you don’t speak French, because for English-speaking audiences they introduce the song “in a silly story,” says band member Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand.

The award-winning band Genticorum comes the historic stage of the Earlville Opera House on Sat, June 29th.

The award-winning band Genticorum comes the historic stage of the Earlville Opera House on Sat, June 29th.

Genticorum is touring in support of their May release, “Enregistre,” which translates in English “to put down” or “to record.”  The band makes a habit of looking for delightful old tunes in their native Quebec as well as writing new tunes in the Quebecois tradition.  “It comes from Irish and Scottish and music from France, “says Grobois-Garand, “There is a big so-called Celtic flair to it because there are a lot of Irish and Scottish reels that have become Quebecois reels. Sometimes the reels will change a bit, or the way of playing them. That mixed with the French song tradition and march band music from the United States and German polkas and waltzes. All that mixed together over a few centuries into what we refer to as Quebecois traditional music. Most of the bands, including us, will focus more on the party aspect of it. But we try also to play some laments and some waltzes because it’s not just fast reels and call-and-response drinking songs. There’s much more than that, so we try to give the diversity of the tradition.”

The Earlville Opera House presents the world-class ensemble Genticorum as an EOH Member Special Event!  EOH Members are encouraged to bring up to two people who have never attended an EOH performance before to the show – your new guests to EOH will be free.  Please call the EOH office to reserve tickets! If you are not a member, please join and take advantage of this special!

Don’t miss the award-winning Genticorum on Saturday, June 29th. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.  During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. 13332 (Use this zip for GPS as there is another Earlville in the Adirondacks)

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

* Folks who have enjoyed Le Vent du Nord at EOH will not want to miss this show!

Before the symphony, children and families have a chance to interact with wild instruments and  and the musicians who tame them at the Instrument Zoo at 7pm.

Before the symphony, children and families have a chance to interact with wild instruments and and the musicians who tame them at the Instrument Zoo at 7pm.

Symphor!a will kick off the Hamilton Village Concerts in the Park on Thursday, July 11th at 8pm. Before the concert, the Earlville Opera House will host an Instrument Zoo for children and families starting at 7pm.  The musician-owned and operated Symphor!a is the newest name for the artists of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. It is modeled after the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, based in New Orleans, which is now in its 23rd season.  The concert in Hamilton is the first of the summer series of concerts that the symphony plans to play in central New York.  Make your summer plans to include this beautiful evening in the historic setting of the village green of Hamilton!

The definition of symphoria: “The feeling of euphoria one gets after hearing an amazing piece of classical music, whether string or wind ensemble, full orchestra or otherwise.” (Urban Dictionary) Enjoy a musical journey with the Symphor!a under the stars with the sounds of summer!  Come early to enjoy a picnic in the park or Hamilton’s local restaurants!  No tickets are necessary for these free events. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!  This concert will go on rain or shine; the rain location is the Colgate Memorial Chapel on Alumni Road of the Colgate University Campus.

Updates and news about the concert at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or 315-691-3550

More information about Symphor!a is at  http://www.experiencesymphoria.org/

CIRCUS COMING TO TOWN_2523Who can resist the call of the greatest show on earth?  Youth ages 6 through 13 are invited to join the EOH Circus troupe for a week of fun and merriment from June 24 to June 28, as Circus Theatricks instructor Sean Patrick Fagan teaches the fundamentals of producing a circus.  This year the Earlville Awesome House will be hosting the Circus at the Sherburne-Earlville School on School St. in Sherburne.

The EOH Circus is a highlight of any kid's summer!

The EOH Circus is a highlight of any kid’s summer!

Sean Fagan wears many hats as the Artistic Director of Circus Theatricks, introducing young people of all ages to circus, theatre, and the visual arts. When not teaching, he keeps a full schedule as a performer. A former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus clown, Sean’s “theatricks” include a wide range of skills including juggling, slapstick, pratfalls, stilt-walking, unicycle, rolling globe, rola-bola, tumbling, partner acrobatics, magic and more!

Sean Fagan has worked with the Walt Disney Organization, Nickelodeon JR. Television, and the national and international tours of Scholastic’s Magic School Bus Live. He has performed at the International Children’s Arts Festival in Singapore and the Golden Week Family Festival in Liuzhou, China as well as on the streets in Holland.

Beginning on Monday, June 24 the 15th annual EOH Circus Workshop begins, every child who dreams of being a star has the opportunity to shine during this workshop!  Children will learn clowning, diablo, rola-bola, stilts, balance beam, tumbling, juggling, globe, unicycle, and other circus arts skills.  The program runs weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. through June 28; students should bring a bag lunch each day.  A final EOH Circus performance will take place in the Earlville Opera House on Friday evening, June 28th at 7 p.m. that will be open to the public.  Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and support scholarships to the workshop.

Tuition for the EOH Circus Camp is $255, or $230 for EOH members.  A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.  Complete details and registration materials are available for downloading at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  (SIGN UP FORMS HERE) For more information, call the Earlville Opera House at (315) 691-3550.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

"In 'Spoon River Anthology,' the dead are a restless, lively lot. They gossip, canoodle, fight and vent strong opinions on the goings-on above and below ground. Jayne Blanchard"

“In ‘Spoon River Anthology,’ the dead are a restless, lively lot. They gossip, canoodle, fight and vent strong opinions on the goings-on above and below ground. Jayne Blanchard”

mattmalloy1

Matt Malloy joins the cast of the weekend’s Spoon River Anthology!

News flash!!!!

Big News!!
We have just confirmed that actor Matt Malloy has joined the cast for this weekend’s Spoon River Anthology directed by Hugh Humphreys!

Hugh Humphreys brings to life a production of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology at the Earlville Opera House on Saturday, June 15th at 8pm and Sunday June 16th at 3pm. The citizens buried in the graveyard of this fictional Illinois town tell the riveting stories of their lives, their failures, their loves, their philosophies, their triumphs, their sins, their conflicts, their hopes, their secrets, their crimes.   This production by Hugh Humphreys supports two of his favorite organizations – the Earlville Opera House and the National Abolition Hall of Fame.

Hugh Humphreys is an attorney, a popular playwright and speaker in Central New York.  He explains how Spoon River Anthology relates to us now, and to our love of history:  “The rural mid-west voices of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are similar to those of our own today in Madison and Chenango Counties.  The characters hail from many walks of life: farmers, lawyers, grocers, Civil War soldiers and their sweethearts and mothers, seamstresses, scoundrels, people of fine and not-so-fine repute, workers, doctors, preachers, judges, adulterers, and so on. Those dead speak to us, many in words they would never have dared to use in life. Their lives still resonate with us.”

“I have loved this piece for probably sixty years, and about forty-five years ago my wife and I used to read these poems to each other when our kids were young.”

“I have loved this piece for probably sixty years, and about forty-five years ago my wife and I used to read these poems to each other when our kids were young.”

Hugh Humphreys’ staged production takes on this classic examination of the American character.  Edgar Lee Masters, the author of Spoon River Anthology was an Illinois lawyer who was Clarence Darrow’s one-time law partner.  At the time of its publication, in 1915 and 1916, “Spoon River Anthology was wildly successful, going through several editions rapidly and becoming one of the most popular books of poetry in the history of American literature” (Poets.org)

Eight actors from the area will each perform five to seven characters. The cast includes Hugh Humphreys of Hamilton, Colleen Law-Tefft and Jenni Larchar from Sherburne and John Grossman of Earlville. Two fine actors, Brian Erhard and Cindy Hendrickson, are attorneys who work with Hugh at the Legal Aid Society in Utica. Charlie Decock and Haley McArn, both of Hamilton, add the sparkle of youth to the program. Larchar, who starred in last summer’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, also anchors the musical part of the program with her outstanding voice. And her fiddle too!

Don’t miss the production of Spoon River Anthology adapted by Hugh Humphreys!  He explains, “The Spoon River Anthology is a lovely piece that fits perfectly into the historic venue of the Earlville Opera House. I wanted to do a benefit for the EOH, and for the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, two very worthy causes, and what better way than to join them with Spoon River.

The evening performance is on Saturday, June 15th and the matinee is on Sunday June 16th!  General admission is $15 and $13 for EOH and NAHOF members and students are discounted to $10.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Hugh Humphreys directs his adaptation of Spoon River Anthology at the Earlville Opera House on June 15 and June 16

Hugh Humphreys directs his adaptation of Spoon River Anthology at the Earlville Opera House on June 15 and June 16

During your visit, take advantage of the new exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

%d bloggers like this: