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“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into harpeth rising cd coverits music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins.

“Don’t you just love it when a band simply gets better and better? Well, the latest album from Harpeth Rising proves this is a band steadily exploring boundaries and finding there are none unless made by themselves, a band maturing into its music, making it emphatically their own and continually developing along the way. Following on from ‘Tales From Jackson Bridge’ they release ‘Shifted’ … and quite simply, ‘Shifted’ is unique in every way. There’s the lusciously constructed harmonies, the inventive edge that pulses through every track and the unexpected direction changes that keep you enthralled, combined with an ability to blend folk, bluegrass, classical and rock and leave no visible joins. Tim Carroll, FolkWords

The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana genre-benders Harpeth Rising as they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a sound that is organically unique on Friday, March 25th at 8 pm. The band is touring in support of their latest CD, SHIFTED.

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.” — Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative – they all describe what’s on offer from Jordana Greenberg, Rebecca Reed-Lunn and Maria di Meglio. Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorise their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”
— Tim Carroll, FolkWords

Harpeth Rising is Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals). Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising’s roots run deep – from their varied ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home.

“In what the group calls “chambergrass,” the musicians blend improvisatory-feeling jazzy sections with newgrass, classical and folk. Varied, alternating blocks fold in syncopated rhythms, simple folk melodies and complex harmonies.

“In the arresting three-part acapella sections, the musicians match declamation, shaping each word carefully from beginning to end. Violinist and lead singer Jordana Greenberg’s voice offers strength tempered by gentleness through poetic lyrics…

“The trio’s career path isn’t the traditional one for gifted classical musicians, who often seek jobs as soloists, orchestral players, chamber players or teachers. Their decision simply reflects a shift in the industry…” (Domenica Bongiovanni)

Join us for a riveting night of Americana music with Harpeth Rising in the Arts Café on March 25th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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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.

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Version 3The Earlville Opera House welcomes Americana standouts Mike + Ruthy with their new band on Friday, March 11th at 8 pm. Folks may remember their previous band The Mammals! Their concerts dance from Americana ho-downs to sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and infectious, inspired songwriting.

Their debut album, Bright as You Can, was released 9 months ago and top critics had this to say: “One of the year’s standout Americana albums” (Boston Globe), “In the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival” (Pop Matters), “honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be” (Folk Alley), and much, much more.

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Mike + Ruthy Band with Jacob Silver, Konrad Meissner, Mike Merenda, Ruthy Ungar, and Charlie Rose

The Mike + Ruthy Band are Mike Merenda (vocals, guitar), Ruthy Ungar (vocals, fiddle, banjo), Jacob Silver (bass), Charlie Rose (pedal steel) and Konrad Meissner (drums). “They play with jubilation–as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there, mixing up fiddle and banjo with drums, bass, pedal steel and organ. Besides Ruth Ungar’s amazing voice, the lyrics on this album are incredibly thoughtful — they’re carefully crafted, without a word or phrase out of place. From rollicking good times to more tender reflections, Bright As You Can is a winner.” (Elena See)

Join us for a hot night of Americana with the Mike and Ruthy Band in the Arts Café on March 11th! Seating is limited. Admission is $22 and $20 for EOH members and students are discounted to $11. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.
More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Rock on Little Jane 

Bright As You Can 

Chasin’ Gold 

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.

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Between now and Sunday 2/14 make the Opera House your Valentine!

Our goal is to have 50 people show their LOVE by 2pm on 2/14

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Celebrate with us at Good Nature Brewing’s Taproom at 2pm 2/14 – everyone is welcome!
For a donation of $40 or more you will receive a custom-printed “Show your LOVE” tote bag in addition to your Member Benefits. This offer is only good for these two days – don’t wait, make your pledge to the ART and MUSIC now!

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ShrewJay by Alli Grim

ShrewJay by Alli Grim

The Earlville Galleries start the year with three new exhibits opening on Sat, January 30th!

East Gallery: In “Nestlings,” Hamilton artist Allison Amann Grim creates hybrid creatures from imaginary worlds that are combinations of two or more animals. She tries to capture them in a moment in time, like something out of a museum…where would they live, what would they eat, what sorts of plants and animals would coexist with them? The creatures come into being with polymer clay, glass, taxidermy elements, natural and man made objects.

Grim says that her “work revolves around the fragility of life, a glimpse of a moment caught in time, catching it and putting it under glass…I like the idea of being able to peek into a mini world. The ideas that have been rattling around in my brain are set free to transform as others interpret them in their own minds. I am inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, how species can change and evolve to meet the needs of their changing environment.”

Tiny House in the Big Woods by Maria Brockmann of the Main View Gallery Artists Group

Tiny House in the Big Woods by Maria Brockmann of the Main View Gallery Artists Group

Arts Café Gallery: Oneonta’s Main View Gallery exhibits a traveling group show exploring the work of artists with intellectual disabilities. They ask: How do we define ourselves? Do we accept someone else’s categorization of who we are, or do we strive to determine our own designations based on who we love, how we live, and what we create? For artists with intellectual disabilities, these questions can be especially confounding. They may spend most of their lives dealing with the label of “disabled” placed on them by the outer world, feeling the stigma of being different. At Oneonta’s Main View Gallery, these artists are given the freedom to define themselves by their abilities. A program of the Arc Otsego, the gallery has provided these artists with an opportunity to show and sell the works they create through the Arc’s rich creative arts programming that features painting, sculpture, writing, drumming, acting, movement, and singing. Come enjoy the beautiful, compelling works these artists have created in a special artist group exhibit at the Earlville Galleries.

Nearly 300 young artists will be on display at KidsART 2016

Nearly 300 young artists will be on display at KidsART2016

West Gallery: The 23rd Annual KidsART Exhibit features the amazing work of students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Collaborating with art teachers from several elementary schools in Central New York, the exhibit celebrates the freedom of expression and incomparable joy that comes so readily from young children. The exhibit typically draws more than 600 people over the course of the show and is a unique opportunity for children throughout the region to display their work in a professional gallery, and for the community at large to see the fine quality art these young people are capable of.

Don’t miss the opening party for the artists and their teachers, friends, and family with loads of cookies, chocolate, gummy worms and more from 12-3 pm on Saturday, January 30.

This year the schools below have confirmed that they will be sending work for the exhibit.

Burton St. Elementary School, Cazenovia, Gibson Primary School (Norwich), Hamilton Central School, Madison Central School, Memorial Park Elementary (Waterville), Morrisville Eaton Central School, New Life Christian School, Norwich Middle School, Perry Brown Elementary School (Norwich), Sherburne-Earlville Central School, Stockbridge Valley Central School, and Unadilla Valley Central School

Opening receptions for all the artists will be held on January 30 from 12-3pm with light refreshments. All three exhibits will run through March 12. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the EOH is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

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.

Claire Lynch has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass today.

Claire Lynch has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass today.

In her twenty-two years of fronting bluegrass bands with her distinctive voice, Claire Lynch has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the Year three times, in 1997, 2010, and 2013.That kind of enduring popularity and reputation is rare, even in bluegrass, but Lynch’s voice is so sweet, and her songs are so beautifully written and compelling, that she rose rather quickly to prominence, and has stayed there, even as the genre has changed around her. You’ll have a chance to see this amazing artist with her red hot band at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia, presented by The Earlville Opera House, at 8pm on Saturday, December 12th. This show is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co.

Lynch’s band features a mix of acclaimed talent and “hot young guns;” together they rise from a reverent hush in quieter moments to a pounding no-holds-barred stampede when it’s called for. “Backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multi-talented artist,” writes The Chicago Tribune. Lynch’s most recent label release, Dear Sister, earned her a nomination for the IBMA Album of the Year, as well as a win for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Band member Mark Schatz has been twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and nominated every year since.  Bryan McDowell at 24 has already compiled an extraordinary resume that far exceeds his years as a vocalist and gifted multi-instrumentalist. In competitions, he has amassed twenty-one first place wins including such notables as Merlefest (mandolin ’09 & guitar ’10), Galax Virginia’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention (fiddle ’09 and guitar ’10).  He placed first in the Walnut Valley National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and the Walnut Valley Mandolin and Fiddle Championships… a feat unparalleled in the festival’s storied 40 year running.  Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar has been recognized as a standout player ever since age twelve when he and brother-picker Cory Walker found themselves featured on a segment of ABC Country’s CMA Awards Special with Keith Urban as 2004’s winners of a “Young Musicians’” search.

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The first set of the concert will feature tunes from Holiday!

In 2014, she took a break from touring to record a seasonal project, entitled Holiday!, which was released on Lynch’s own Thrill Hill Records. On it, the band makes an inspired exploration of holiday songs old and new. The album includes two original compositions, soulful interpretations of “Scarlet Ribbons” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, and fun retro-style takes on “Home for the Holidays” and “White Christmas.”

In 2016, Lynch will wrap up full-time touring with The Claire Lynch Band – a much-adored staple of the bluegrass community – and focus on the next iteration of her music and creativity, according to the Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News Network. So, this could be your last best chance to catch Claire and the band in action! Join us on December 12th at 8pm! Seating is limited. Tickets for this show are $25 for adults, $15 for youth. Add $2 on the Day of Show.

The show will be general admission, and doors will open at 7:30 pm. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Catherine Cummings Theatre is located at 8 Lincklaen St, Cazenovia, NY 13035.

left to right: Claire Lynch, Jarrod Walker, Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell

The Claire Lynce Band, left to right: Claire Lynch, Jarrod Walker, Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell

WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING…

“Claire Lynch is a rare talent indeed. She has a beautiful, effervescent voicewhich can handle both
contemporary and traditional musics with complete authenticity. I love to listen to her and I love to
sing with her.”
–Linda Ronstadt

“I’ve always thought Claire Lynch has the voice of an angel. I’m a fan!”
–Emmylou Harris

“…a sterling, silvery vocal presence and a gift for supple, emotional ornamentation….Lynch’s talent
is a diamond…gorgeous voice and sense of purpose, supported by (a) superb ensemble…”
–The Washington Post

“…backed by the members of her white-hot Claire Lynch Band…Lynch is the definition of a multitalented
artist.”
–The Chicago Tribune

“…one of my very favorite singers in all of acoustic, country and bluegrass music. She is a jewel. ”
–Mary Chapin Carpenter

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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.

 

lauren mettler- cornfieldFresh from last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign and tour, versatile indie songstress Lauren Mettler is breaking new ground with her outreach to kids and families.  On Saturday, December 5th join us for an Afternoon with Lauren for a holiday themed performance at 2 pm.  The concert is part of the Earlville Winter Celebration activities.  Lauren brings all her skills as a singer-songwriter, performer, and arts educator with Folk, Blues, and World influences to this new show for young audiences.

Lauren’s voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through beautiful ballads, comedic anecdotes, and holiday tunes on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and penny whistle to celebrate the season.  Her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.

Lauren with leggingsThis Afternoon with Lauren will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week with holiday magic! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Earlville Galleries and the gorgeous 18th Annual Holiday Sale.  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.

Note: This performance is the second of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists.  EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May.  Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists.  Please call EOH to find out more.

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

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year's EOH Auction for the Arts

Patti Lockwood-Blais at this year’s EOH Auction for the Arts. The coming year will mark her 20th year at EOH, and 14 years as director.

EARLVILLE – Just three years after Patti Lockwood-Blais took on the job of executive director at the Earlville Opera House, the New York State Council on the Arts recognized EOH as “particularly vital to the cultural life of New York State.”

After 13 years as the guiding force who has steered growth and programming while also serving as the Opera House’s most visible public ambassador, Lockwood-Blais announced that she is retiring from EOH. “I love my work on behalf of the community at EOH but I need more time and flexibility than the position allows. I still deeply support the mission of this wonderful organization and have pledged to help the new executive director in any way to guarantee its stability during our transition.”

Opera House Board President Bruce Ward said: “I have seen first hand how Patti’s skills and knowledge, drawn from long experience, have kept our organization on a healthy track fiscally while growing our offerings. Continually seeking new ways to engage the community, Patti has built a reputation for fine programming that has won awards and recognition from leading arts organizations, and still kept our bottom line in the black.”

Emblematic of that recognition was the Council on the Arts coveted “Primary Organization Status,” awarded to the Opera House in 2006. The status honors select arts organizations for “the quality of their arts services, their stature as arts institutions… or the importance of their contributions to a significant population.”

Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s, EOH was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Through community and foundation support, the Opera House on Earlville’s Main Street has gone through a constant process of renewal and upgrading. During Lockwood-Blais’s management more than three quarters of a million dollars worth of capital projects have included work as varied as adding new galleries to repairing the roof. The historic theater is a renowned performance venue for national artists and local entertainers alike.

“Earlville Opera House has grown and prospered under Patti’s tireless leadership,” Ward said. “The positive impact we have on the community is a direct result of Patti’s passion for her work and the friendly warmth she brings to all her interactions with our patrons, artists, and supporters.”

Among the many initiatives undertaken by EOH with Lockwood-Blais as director:

· Worked with county tourism offices, Upstate Institute and other agencies to build audiences;

· Reached out to the community through collaboration with Hamilton Village Concert Series, Cazenovia & Oneida;

· Expanded from one to three galleries, received gallery funding from NYS Council on the Arts, and dramatically increased both the professionalism of the shows and attendance at gallery events;

· Expanded opportunities for regional artists with the use of the Arts Cafe Gallery;

· Developed outreach to kids and teens in KidsArt and TeensArt programs;

· Expanded Holiday show and sale and annual quilt show;

· Sponsored workshops for Hamilton Music Mix, Black History, artists, songwriters, and writers.

Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. EOH is more than full time and it leaves no room for this kind of flexibility.

“Many of my friends know that my father has been ill and that I have been spending time each week with him. We had a scare this summer when it looked as if he was going downhill quickly. Happily his condition is stable again but it reinforced that I have absolutely no flexibility to handle emergencies if needed. The director’s role at EOH has always been more than full time and I look forward to handing over this fun and amazing job to someone who can make good things happen in our community.”

“Patti’s leadership has brought the Opera House to new heights of excellence in the arts,” said Ward. “Now that she has decided to pass the baton, we face the challenge of finding someone who can serve the community as well as she has, and bring us in exciting new directions. I am confident the deep well of talent in central New York will yield another special person to take us there.”

Patti Lockwood-Blais will continue in her roles as president of the statewide New York Multi-Arts Center Consortium (NYMACC) and on the advisory board of the New York State Presenters Network.

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