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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.

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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.

This singalong event will include lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing.  Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

This singalong event will include the lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing. Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

Get ready to enjoy a campfire-style hootenanny with your friends and family on Saturday, August 15th, at 7 pm. Join guitar wizard and Hamilton native Chris White for a sing-along for all ages, drawing on over 200 years of classic American songs, from Oh! Susanna to Think of All the Things You Can Do With a Chair! White will explain the stories behind the songs, and packets will be handed out with lyrics. This promises to be a night to remember, with as many sing-along moments as possible.

White is a regular performer at the Roots and Ruckus showcase at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn and has taught numerous children and adults to play the guitar and the ukulele. Although he has written hundreds of songs and plays in a large variety of different styles, he is most well known for his interpretations of jazz and pop standards and for his silly original songs. It is not uncommon for him to interpret a work in wild and wonderful voices. Chris notes, “Kids today don’t seem to be familiar with Stephen Foster, or other classic, old American songs.” He will mix some history and mythology in with the performance as well as a couple of his goofy originals.

Learn these songs:

Aloha ‘Oe
Blue Skies
Slue Suede Shoes
Yankee Doodle
Home on the range
Working on the Railroad
When you Wish Upon a Star
Wonderful World
Erie Canal
When the Saints Go marching In
Stand by Me
Think of all the things you can do with a chair
Keep on the Sunny Side
MTA
Oh! Susannah

This evening with Chris White will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week! 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 three Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits.
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.

Note: This performance is the first 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.

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.

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Nicholas Williams and Kathleen Krumbach in rehearsals for Putting It Together!

Moss Island Productions and the Earlville Opera House are presenting Stephen Sondheim’s PUTTING IT TOGETHER at the Earlville Opera House 18 East Main St, Earlville, NY.  Putting it Together celebrates Sondheim’s music and lyrics with songs from many of his greatest hits.

Every Sondheim song is a three-act play set to beautiful music. They’re not easy to learn, but once you have, you never forget them, because he writes magnificent poetry. If I have to choose a favorite number, it would be ‘Anyone Can Whistle,’ although I love all of them.” —Carol Burnett, performer (The Wife in Putting It Together)

The action in PUTTING IT TOGETHER takes place at an all-night, black-tie party in a penthouse. The hosts, a middle-aged couple, face their disillusions and marital troubles. A younger, less jaundiced couple struggles with their own ambitions and desires, while a commentator oversees and influences the action.

The revue celebrates the music of Stephen Sondheim, who is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. (wiki)

I’ve often referred to Stephen Sondheim as today’s Shakespeare. Like Shakespeare, there are so many layers to his words and imagery. You can revisit their works time and time again, and there is always something new to discover.” —Barbara Cook, performer (Star of Mostly Sondheim, Performer in Sondheim on Sondheim)

THE CAST:

Janet Engle – Woman 1

Janet Engle is enjoying her 2nd production at the Earville Opera House after playing Yum-Yum in last summer’s production of The Mikado. Before settling in Clinton, NY, Janet started her theater career as Peter Pan in sixth grade, followed by various theater productions and musical venues around the country. She most recently appeared as Mrs. Patrick in A Man of No Importance at the Redhouse Theater in Syracuse, Diana Bingley in I Love You Because with Moss Island Productions, and Mrs. Walker in Tommy with Outcast International. A huge fan of his brilliant work, this is Janet’s 4th and most challenging Sondheim show. She adores Julie Andrews, and is so pleased to even attempt performing the daunting role that she triumphed in on Broadway.

Kathleen Krumbach – Woman 2

Kat is thrilled to be a part of this cast. She has also performed with HPYT, Players of Utica, Outcast, and Rome Summerstage. Her last onstage performance was in I Love You Because, directed by Chris Bord. Kat is attending Syracuse University in the fall to study music education.

Nicholas Williams – Man 1

Nicholas is a sophomore at SUNY Fredonia studying Music Education and Theater. He performed in his first Gilbert and Sullivan show The Mikado last year at the Earlville Opera House and is excited to return to perform in his first Sondheim production. He has also performed in other productions of Annie, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and 9 to 5.

Chris Bord – Man 2

Chris’s recent stage appearances include God of Carnage (Players of Utica), The Who’s Tommy (Outcast), Death of a Salesman (Palace Players), and Avenue Q (Players of Utica). In 2014 Chris directed and appeared in the musical I Love You Because, as well as the political drama The God Game. He also directed Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at The Earlville Opera House.   Chris thanks everyone who made this production happen – Patti and the team at EOH, all of the actors and tech crew, Pat and Christine and Mary, Pea Rob, and especially his very patient family.

John Murphy – Man 3

John is happy to play the mischievous Man 3. He has performed in several Sondheim productions at Players of Utica – Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim and last fall’s production of Company. Other local credits include Godspell, The Full Monty, and three premiere productions: an opera, Molly of the Mohawks, and two musicals, In Person and Bawdy Town. John lives in Clinton with three fellow thespians, his wife Marilee and sons Nick and Jack. He’d like to dedicate each performance of “Merrily We Roll Along” to his wonderful wife, because that never gets old, and neither does she.

Putting It Together:  Draws its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it was devised by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie. The revue has received several productions, beginning with its premiere in England in 1992, Broadway in 1999 and the West End in 2014. The revue came about due to many requests for a new version of Sondheim’s 1976 revue, Side by Side by Sondheim. Having resisted a new show, he was finally convinced by producer Cameron Mackintosh, and Julia McKenzie was brought in to assist.

Described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “now the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater,” Stephen Sondheim‘s most famous works include (as composer and lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. (wiki)

Show times are: Friday, July 24 8:00pm, Saturday, July 25 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 26 3:00 pm.

Admission is $17, $15 for EOH members, and $12 for students.

Link to EOH event page: showtimes and links to tickets at bottom of page

Sample of the title song…Putting it Together

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Director & Ringleader of Om-FLY, Jen Taylor is a yoga instructor, philosopher and musician. She studied philosophy at Vassar, engaged Buddhism with legendary peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn in Plum Village, France, trapeze with Brooklyn-based LAVA, and circus with legendary Circus Minimus Director Kevin O’Keefe. A certified Flying & CircusYoga instructor, Taylor has extensive experience teaching children from many different communities and across the cognitive-emotional spectrum.

Few things are more special than watching a shy or nervous kid truly blossom with the guidance of a nurturing instructor. Few things are more rewarding than seeing an energetic kid gain the focus that comes from being completely engaged and in touch with their bodies. With that in mind, the Earlville Opera House presents its annual weeklong Circus workshop, which starts on Monday, July 27th. The circus workshop features the fun of performance and learning new skills, while emphasizing positive youth development and team building.

Children will explore juggling, trapeze, tightrope walking, tumbling, clowning, and other circus performance activities under the guidance of Jen Taylor from OM-Fly Circus School. A true “kid whisperer,” Taylor knows how to coax the enthusiasm and cooperation—and yen for performance—that often lurks just below the surface with kids. The EOH Circus Workshop for kids ages 6-13 runs Monday through Friday, 7/27 – 7/31 from 9am-3pm, daily. On Friday, July 31st, kids put on their Really Big Show at 7pm.

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build strength and flexibility
aerial arts, like trapeze and silks, combined with circus skills and yoga, build more core strength than any other sport.

increase concentration and focus
circus arts greatly improve concentration and sense of calm. learning and attention deficit disorders improve and/or “disappear” in the circus classroom.

build confidence
“look at me!” – with the wide variety of skills taught, learning a juggling trick or move on the trapeze, everyone will find something they can excel at.

partnership & cooperation
circus arts are non-competitive and require collaboration, trust and support of each other. when every individual shines we experience true community.

maintain a healthy body
when you don’t use it, you lose it. in circus we use it all!

Registration is limited to 30 students. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. The cost of the workshop is $285 or $265 for EOH members per child, which includes T-shirt. The Earlville Opera House (or Awesome House for kids) is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville, located just off Route 12B. For more information, please call (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.

Cazenovia Community BandDrawn together by a love of music, the diverse members of the Cazenovia Community Band will present a free concert on the Hamilton Village Green Thursday, July 23rd, at 7pm. Young and old, experienced and novice, traditional and experimental, the group includes professional musicians as well as enthusiastic hobbyists, and their performances feature a variety of wind ensemble music, from marches to show tunes, classical to contemporary.

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! The band for this performance is so large that we will not be able to use our rain location at the Colgate Inn. We will have to cancel the show if it rains. To confirm, please call us at 315-691-3550 and we’ll post a recording and also on our website: www.earlvilleoperahouse.com

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. This season’s offerings run the gamut from folk to rock, big band to bluegrass, and bluesy Americana to concert band music.  Coming Thursday, July 30th, the locally known bluegrass foursome Cincinnati Creek will bring their soaring harmonies and sweet front-porch picking to the village green.

Continuing into August, Arts in the Park will bring Monk Rowe and the Roots of Rock & Roll, a lively trio that covers the 25 years of early rock and roll, from Chuck Berry to Carl Perkins, In the Mood to Great Balls of Fire, on August 6th. Closing out the summer concert series, fast-emerging indie trio Shivering Timbers brings their ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy punk sensibilities to the green on Thursday, August 13th.

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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Intrigue! Infidelity! Putting It Together has it all!

Moss Island Productions and the Earlville Opera House are presenting Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together at the Earlville Opera House 18 East Main St, Earlville, NY.

Show times:

Friday, July 24 8:00pm,

Saturday, July 25 8:pm,

Sunday, July 26 3:00pm.

Putting it Together celebrates Sondheim’s music and lyrics with songs from shows including Company, Into the Woods, Follies, A Little Night Music and even Assassins. Many of his greatest hits are compiled into one revue that brings new meaning to his well-loved classics. The setting is an anniversary party, where two couples and an intriguing uninvited guest gather for the evening. The characters, and their relationships to each other, are revealed through the songs – in the alternately surprising, humorous and poignant ways that are uniquely Stephen Sondheim.

Pat Stone is the director. She has directed opera productions, opera scenes, and opera outreach programs for various New York City and regional opera companies across the country including Central City Opera, Baltimore Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the National Opera Association, Inwood Opera, and Regina Opera. Productions include Madam Butterfly, La Traviata, La Boheme, La tragedie de Carmen, Emmeline, and The Face on the Barroom Floor, also designing the sets for many of these shows.

Mary Sugar is the pianist. She spent 11 years as a musical director, pianist, and teacher in New York City, where she worked on and off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and in many other venues. She went around the world as conductor/pianist for Leslie Uggams, and did a concert tour of Tuscany with singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom and George Ball. Mary has also worked with Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, James Naughton, Larry Gatlin, Charles Strouse, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Marni Nixon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Barbara Cook, Lonny Price, Dorothy Loudon, Shirley Jones, Martin Vidnovic, Sandy Duncan, Bruce Vilanche, The Diamonds, The Drifters, Lillias White, Adrian Zmed, Charo, Cathy Rigby, The Irish Tenors, The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and many, many others.

Christine Krumbach, Sarah Bord and Susan Bord round out the Musical Direction/ Choreography, stage management and lighting crew.

The actor/singers are Janet Engle, Kathleen Krumbach, Chris Bord, John Murphy and Nicholas Williams. We’ll follow up with more on the actors in our next post!

Putting It Together Admission is $17, $15 for EOH members, and $12 for students. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Visit the Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits and the Artisan’s Gift Shop. The Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and coffee and tea.

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, Earlville.

Nicholas Williams and Kathleen Krumbach in rehearsals for Putting It Together!

Nicholas Williams and Kathleen Krumbach in rehearsals for Putting It Together!

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