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Pre-Opera Week & October 26-28 Events

Pre-Opera Week
 
WHEN: 1 PM ,Wednesday, Oct. 10
WHAT: 
Proclamation Day. Every year before the week-long celebrations, the EHJ Memorial Fund hosts a "Proclamation Day." Our local government officials have decreed National Opera Week in WNY/Niagara, the proclamations will be acknowledged. Speakers will be present to explain all things National Opera Week followed by entertainment. Printed programs of the week- long events will be available for guests to take home. All are invited to attend.

WHERE: Audubon Branch Library, 350 John J. Audubon Pkwy., Amherst
HOW: Free, ample parking, all welcome.
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WHEN: 2:30 PM, Sunday, October 21
WHAT:  Voicebox Opera presents “Comedy Unbound! A Tribute to Stuart Hamilton.” Endearingly known as Stuartissimo!, the moniker paid tribute to his grand contribution to the vocal arts in Canada and his penchant for humour. We sing - and laugh! - in memory of Stuart Hamilton, his genius and his legacy
Featuring Michael Rose, Music Director and Pianist; Robert Cooper, Chorus Director; Evan Korbut; Holly Chaplin; Jocelyn Fralick; Guillermo Silva-Marin
WHERE: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto, ON
HOW: Call Box Office: 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754
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WHEN: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 24
WHAT: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert.” 
Bring your monsters and ghouls! Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero are bringing Halloween Town to Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Your RPO performs the score as the film is shown on the big screen above the orchestra.

WHERE: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY
HOW: Purchase tickets online at www.rpo.org, or (585) 454-2100
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WHEN: 7:30 PM, Thursday, October 25 Additional Date: 10/27 at 4:30 PM
WHAT: The Canadian Opera Company presents Wainwright’s Hadrian. This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel
Featuring Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Isaiah Bell, Ambur Braid, Ben Heppner, and David Leigh. Johannes Debus, conductor, and Peter Hinton, director

WHERE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
HOW: Order tickets on www.coc.ca. Box office- 416-363-8231;
U.S. 1-800-250-4653, M-F 10 AM.- 5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM
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WHEN:  7:30 PM, Thursday, October 25. Additional Dates: 10/27 at 7:30 PM; 10/28 at 3:00 PM; 11/2 at 7:30 PM; 11/3 at 4:30 PM
WHAT: Opera Atelier presents Actéon and Pygmalion.  
Actéon – the story of the young hunter turned into a stag – and Pygmalion – the story of a beautiful statue magically brought to life – are transformed into riveting operatic masterpieces in the hands of Charpentier and Rameau, two of the greatest composers in French music history.
Featuring Colin Ainsworth (Actéon & Pygmalion), Mireille Asselin (Diana & Amour), Allyson McHardy (Juno & Céphise), Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe
With Artists of Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis, and the Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, along with members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, under the direction of Lead Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master Daniel Taylor

WHERE: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre 189 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
HOW: Tickets www.ticketmaster.ca 
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WHEN: 7:30 PM, October 25
WHAT: The Buffalo State Music Department presents the Fall Choral Concert. The Buffalo State Chorale will perform under the direction of John Fleischman. The Buffalo State Chamber Choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby
WHERE: Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
HOW: FREE - no ticket required. Information, call  (716) 878-3005
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Friday, October 26

The Lighting of the Peace Bridge! 
On Friday, October 26, from dusk until 12 AM, you’ll see the Peace Bridge lit in burgundy and gold to reference the stage in opera houses and recognize this national event. The EHJ Fund’s promotions include our friends and great talent in Canada with the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier.
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WHEN: 7:30 PM, Friday, October 26
Additional Dates: 10/30 at 7:30 PM; 11/3 at 4:30 PM
WHAT: The Canadian Opera Company presents Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Tatyana’s quiet existence is turned upside down with the arrival of the handsome and charismatic Onegin. Romantic fantasies burst into vivid reality, inspiring Tatyana’s famous letter, which Onegin arrogantly rejects.
Years later, separated by time and circumstance, they are reunited for one final, explosive encounter. 
Featuring Gordon Bintner, Joyce El-Khoury, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Joseph Kaiser, Oleg Tsibulko, Helene Schneiderman, Christophe Mortagne, and Margaret Lattimore. Johannes Debus, conductor, and Robert Carsen, director
WHERE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
HOW: Order tickets on www.coc.ca. Box office- 416-363-8231; 
 U.S. 1-800-250-4653
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WHEN: 8:00 PM, Friday, October 26
Additional Date: 10/27 at 8:00 PM
WHAT: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Broadway Today.” Broadway’s newest young talent joins your RPO in an extraordinary evening that revisits classic songs from Broadway's GOLDEN AGE through today’s most moving shows. Performing the best of Broadway, audiences will want to sing along to beloved songs and new favorites. 
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
WHERE: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY
HOW:www.rpo.org, or (585) 454-2100
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Saturday, October 27
 
WHEN: 10:30 AM, Saturday, October 27
WHAT: OperaBuffs of WNY Inside Opera Lecture Series Presents “It Ain't Over til The Fat Lady Slims: Critical and theoretical musings on the mysterious interplay of body shape, size, weight and ethnicity on operatic fach and range with Suzanne Fatta”
WHERE: Room 124 Rockwell Hall Buffalo State College 1300 Elmwood Buffalo, NY
HOW: FREE, free parking, mobility-impaired accessible, refreshments, public welcome
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WHEN: 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 27
WHAT: Celebrate Opera Day in Niagara Falls. “Romance, Rage, and Rebellion: Opera Arias,” featuring Shana DiCamillo, soprano, and local artists
WHERE: Niagara Arts & Cultural Center 1201 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
HOW: Suggested donation $10
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WHEN: 4:30 PM, Saturday, October 27
WHAT: The Canadian Opera Company presents Wainwright’s Hadrian. This highly anticipated world premiere from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor features the company debuts of opera legends Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila, and is presented by the same creative team behind the COC’s 2017 production of Louis Riel. 
Featuring Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, Isaiah Bell, Ambur Braid, Ben Heppner, and David Leigh. Johannes Debus, conductor, and Peter Hinton, director
WHERE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
HOW: Tickets- www.coc.ca. Box office- 416-363-8231;
U.S. 1-800-250-4653
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WHEN:  7:30 PM, Saturday, October 27 Additional Dates: 10/28 at 3:00 PM; 11/2 at 7:30 PM; 11/3 at 4:30 PM
WHAT: Opera Atelier presents Actéon and PygmalionActéon – the story of the young hunter turned into a stag – and Pygmalion – the story of a beautiful statue magically brought to life – are transformed into riveting operatic masterpieces in the hands of Charpentier and Rameau, two of the greatest composers in French music history.
Featuring Colin Ainsworth (Actéon & Pygmalion), Mireille Asselin (Diana & Amour), Allyson McHardy (Juno & Céphise), Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe
With Artists of Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis, and the Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, along with members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, under the direction of Lead Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master Daniel Taylor
WHERE: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre 189 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
HOW: Visit www.ticketmaster.ca 
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WHEN: 8:00 PM, Saturday, October 27 Additional Date: 10/28 at 2:30 PM
WHAT: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Paderewski’s Poland.” 
The BPO celebrates 100 years of Polish independence with the debut of Warsaw-born Lukasz Krupiński.
The remarkable young pianist, winner of numerous prizes, graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and was mentored by last year’s prestigious guest artist, Konrad Skolarski. Ignacy Jan Paderewski was not only one of his country’s most treasured performers and composers, but as Poland’s Prime Minister, he played a key role in establishing independence for the country in 1918. As a pianist, he toured the world, with 30 tours of the U.S. alone. 
Piotr Sulkowski, conductor; Lukasz Krupinski, piano
WHERE: Kleinhans Music Hall 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY
HOW: Buy Tickets,  (716) 885-5000
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WHEN: 8:00 PM, Saturday, October 27
WHAT: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Broadway Today.” Broadway’s newest young talent joins your RPO in an extraordinary evening that revisits classic songs from Broadway's GOLDEN AGE through today’s most moving shows. Performing the best of Broadway, audiences will want to sing along to beloved songs and new favorites. Jeff Tyzik, conductor
WHERE: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY
HOW: Tickets online at www.rpo.org, or (585) 454-2100
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Sunday, October 28
 
WHEN: 2:30 PM, Sunday, October 28
WHAT: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Paderewski’s Poland.” 
The BPO celebrates 100 years of Polish independence with the debut of Warsaw-born Lukasz Krupiński. 
The remarkable young pianist, winner of numerous prizes, graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and was mentored by last year’s prestigious guest artist, Konrad Skolarski. Ignacy Jan Paderewski was not only one of his country’s most treasured performers and composers, but as Poland’s Prime Minister, he played a key role in establishing independence for the country in 1918. As a pianist, he toured the world, with 30 tours of the U.S. alone. 
Piotr Sulkowski, conductor; Lukasz Krupinski, piano
WHERE: Kleinhans Music Hall 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY
HOW: Buy Tickets, or (716) 885-5000
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WHEN: 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 28
WHAT: Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra in concert.
WHERE: Villa Maria College Auditorium, 240 Pine Ridge Rd, Buffalo, NY
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WHEN: 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 28
WHAT: Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “The Spirit of Freedom.” BCAS pays special tribute to our military and veterans as we approach Veterans Day.
WHERE: St. Joseph University Church 3269 Main St, Buffalo, NY
HOW: Call- 716.775.SONG.
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WHEN: 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 28
WHAT: ABC Bel Canto Choir presents “Combined Concert with the Chautauqua Youth Chorale.”
WHERE: Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Rd, Buffalo, NY
HOW: No admission charge
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WHEN:  3:00 PM, Sunday, October 28. 
Additional Dates: 11/2 at 7:30 PM; 11/3 at 4:30 PM
WHAT: Opera Atelier presents Actéon and PygmalionActéon – the story of the young hunter turned into a stag – and Pygmalion – the story of a beautiful statue magically brought to life – are transformed into riveting operatic masterpieces in the hands of Charpentier and Rameau, two of the greatest composers in French music history.
Featuring Colin Ainsworth (Actéon & Pygmalion), Mireille Asselin (Diana & Amour), Allyson McHardy (Juno & Céphise), Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe
With Artists of Atelier Ballet, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Elisa Citterio, Music Director) under the baton of David Fallis, and the Chorus of the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum, along with members of the Choir of the Theatre of Early Music, under the direction of Lead Vocal Consultant and Chorus Master Daniel Taylor

WHERE: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre 189 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
HOW: Visit www.ticketmaster.ca to order tickets
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