arts https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png arts https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Sun, 26 May 2024 20:13:22 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Thu, 23 May 2024 16:17:00 -0400 Photos: Hozier and Allison Russel at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photos-hozier-and-allison-russel-at-darien-lake-performing-arts-center/639510
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Photos by Philip Casper.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photos-hozier-and-allison-russel-at-darien-lake-performing-arts-center/639510#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photos-hozier-and-allison-russel-at-darien-lake-performing-arts-center/639510 May 23, 2024, 4:17pm arts Photos: Hozier and Allison Russel at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Staff <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/zf1_6103-2.jpg?itok=ty2PPta4" width="800" height="533" alt="hozier darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p><em>Photos by Philip Casper.</em></p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/zf1_6185.jpg?itok=iJP5QjPe" width="800" height="533" alt="hozier darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/dsc_1828.jpg?itok=awWc9kng" width="800" height="532" alt="hozier darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/dsc_1797.jpg?itok=aN2U6nSA" width="800" height="532" alt="hozier darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/dsc_1727.jpg?itok=IpcwWpmI" width="800" height="1202" alt="hozier darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Allison Russel darien lake" class="image-style-large" height="1200" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/zf1_6075.jpg?itok=cgg9qgNS" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Allison Russel was the opener for the concert.</em></figcaption> </figure> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/zf1_5916.jpg?itok=BrT1XBvb" width="800" height="1200" alt="Allison Russel darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/dsc_1618.jpg?itok=dLrPMdUl" width="800" height="532" alt="Allison Russel darien lake" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
Hozier brings 'Take Me to Church' and more this Wednesday at Darien Lake https://www.thebatavian.com/alanlastword272915/hozier-brings-take-me-to-church-and-more-this-wednesday-at-darien-lake/639383
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It’s been a decade since the arrival of “Take Me To Church,” the crossover hit single that made Hozier a worldwide star and established the native of Wicklow County in Ireland as a new artist to watch on the music scene.

The video for the song was posted on YouTube on Sept. 25, 2013, and almost immediately went viral.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/alanlastword272915/hozier-brings-take-me-to-church-and-more-this-wednesday-at-darien-lake/639383#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/alanlastword272915/hozier-brings-take-me-to-church-and-more-this-wednesday-at-darien-lake/639383 May 15, 2024, 10:30am arts Hozier brings 'Take Me to Church' and more this Wednesday at Darien Lake alanlastword_272915 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Hozier Photo by Ruth Medjber" class="image-style-large" height="494" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/hozier-ruth-medjber.jpg?itok=pnZMGJLB" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Hozier&nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Ruth Medjber</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>It’s been a decade since the arrival of “Take Me To Church,” the crossover hit single that made Hozier a worldwide star and established the native of Wicklow County in Ireland as a new artist to watch on the music scene.</p><p>The video for the song was posted on YouTube on Sept. 25, 2013, and almost immediately went viral.</p><p><em><span><strong>You can help support local journalism by joining Early Access Pass. Your support will help us hire more reporters to cover the community. &nbsp;</strong></span></em><a href="https://my.thebatavian.com/"><em><span><strong>Click here to join today and with your annual membership, receive a $50 gift card for T.F. Browns.</strong></span></em></a><span> &nbsp;</span><em><strong>Members of Early Access Pass are able to read select stories four hours before non-members.</strong></em></p>
Pavilion elementary students getting first taste of musical theater with Peter Pan https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-elementary-students-getting-first-taste-of-musical-theater-with-peter-pan
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More than 50 fourth and fifth graders at Pavilion Central School are getting their first exposure to musical theater with a production of Peter Pan Jr., and show director Rebecca Marczyk said the students have been doing a great job getting ready for Thursday's debut.

Tryouts were in January, with much of the preparation and rehearsal until recently in classrooms.

"I find they have improved a lot from where we first started," Marczyk said. "I've seen them grow a lot. They've never been on stage before. And we've only been on the stage here for a month."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-elementary-students-getting-first-taste-of-musical-theater-with-peter-pan#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-elementary-students-getting-first-taste-of-musical-theater-with-peter-pan May 5, 2024, 8:00am arts Pavilion elementary students getting first taste of musical theater with Peter Pan Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="pavilion-peter-pan-2024" class="image-style-large" height="535" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/pavilion-peter-pan-2024.jpg?itok=yqVdLOEG" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Photo by Howard Owens</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>More than 50 fourth and fifth graders at Pavilion Central School are getting their first exposure to musical theater with a production of Peter Pan Jr., and show director Rebecca Marczyk said the students have been doing a great job getting ready for Thursday's debut.</p><p>Tryouts were in January, with much of the preparation and rehearsal until recently in classrooms.</p><p>"I find they have improved a lot from where we first started," Marczyk said. "I've seen them grow a lot. They've never been on stage before. And we've only been on the stage here for a month."</p>
Genesee Chorale's spring concert captures experience of the eclipse https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-chorales-spring-concert-captures-experience-of-the-eclipse/639265
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Music Director Ric Jones promises no clouds will obscure the beauty of Genesee Chorale's spring program -- Eclipse.

The 12-song concert takes its theme from the recent total solar eclipse that passed over the United States, including Western New York, opening with "Measure Me, Sky." 

Other titles in the show include "Canticle of the Sun," "Song to the Moon," "Light Beyond Shadow, "Day of Fire and Sun," "Capture the Sun," and "You Are the New Day."

Three songs are performed in total darkness to help the concert mimic the experience of a total eclipse.

Eclipse opened Friday evening in the auditorium at Pavilion High School. Its second performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main St., Batavia.

Photos by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-chorales-spring-concert-captures-experience-of-the-eclipse/639265#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-chorales-spring-concert-captures-experience-of-the-eclipse/639265 May 3, 2024, 11:10pm arts Genesee Chorale's spring concert captures experience of the eclipse Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/genesee-chorale-pavilion-eclipse.jpg?itok=3kAR_XcX" width="800" height="532" alt="genesee chorale pavilion" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Music Director Ric Jones promises no clouds will obscure the beauty of Genesee Chorale's spring program -- Eclipse.</p><p>The 12-song concert takes its theme from the recent total solar eclipse that passed over the United States, including Western New York, opening with "Measure Me, Sky."&nbsp;</p><p>Other titles in the</p>
Famed musical Evita comes to 56 Main stage this weekend https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/famed-musical-evita-comes-to-56-main-stage-this-weekend/639238
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The Batavia Players production of “Evita,” hitting the 56 Main Theater stage this weekend, is high energy, said director Pat Burk.

There is nonstop singing and frequent dancing, and the main character, Kristen Gelia's Eva Peron, has 15 costume changes.

"Evita is very tough because she's rarely offstage," Burk said. If she's offstage, it's for 30 seconds. She literally sings over half the score, so it's a very difficult role. You need a strong voice, strong acting skills, and the ability to be very quick, manipulate, and move quickly."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/famed-musical-evita-comes-to-56-main-stage-this-weekend/639238#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/famed-musical-evita-comes-to-56-main-stage-this-weekend/639238 May 2, 2024, 8:40pm arts Famed musical Evita comes to 56 Main stage this weekend Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="evita batavia players" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/evita-batavia-players.jpg?itok=Fw4WPaSv" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>The Batavia Players production of “Evita,” hitting the 56 Main Theater stage this weekend, is high energy, said director Pat Burk.</p><p>There is nonstop singing and frequent dancing, and the main character, Kristen Gelia's Eva Peron, has 15 costume changes.</p><p>"Evita is very tough because she's rarely offstage," Burk said. If she's offstage, it's for 30 seconds. She literally sings over half the score, so it's a very difficult role. You need a strong voice, strong acting skills, and the ability to be very quick, manipulate, and move quickly."</p>
Genesee Symphony Orchestra postpones May 5 concert to next season https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-symphony-orchestra-postpones-may-5-concert-to-next-season/639133 Due to scheduling conflicts among musicians, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season has been rescheduled for the 2024-25 season.

Season ticket and Flex ticket holders can use their current tickets for the rescheduled concert. 

The original date of the concert was May 5, and it was built on the theme "American Pictures."  It was going to feature the works of composers from the United States such as Aaron Copeland, William Grant Still, and Florence Beatrice Price. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-symphony-orchestra-postpones-may-5-concert-to-next-season/639133#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/genesee-symphony-orchestra-postpones-may-5-concert-to-next-season/639133 Apr 23, 2024, 6:02pm arts Genesee Symphony Orchestra postpones May 5 concert to next season Howard Owens <p>Due to scheduling conflicts among musicians, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season has been rescheduled for the 2024-25 season.</p><p>Season ticket and Flex ticket holders can use their current tickets for the rescheduled concert.&nbsp;</p><p>The original date of the concert was May 5, and it was built</p>
Four friends, multiple stories, in Four the Record at Main St. 56 Theater this weekend https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/four-friends-multiple-stories-in-four-the-record-at-main-st-56-theater-this-weekend
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Four friends who have a lot to say, and they say it through song -- sharing their stories, their ups and their downs, and their secrets -- is the motif that makes Four the Record, a cabaret show, an entertaining show at Main St. 56 Theater this weekend.

The four-person cast features four Harvie Award winners: Deacon Smith, Jocelyn Coburn (not available for photos), Sarah Hill and Sophie Houseman.

The show opens on Friday at 7:30 p.m., with performances on Saturday at 7:30 and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

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Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church highlights $90K organ restoration project with series of free concerts https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/bergen-evangelical-presbyterian-church-highlights-90k-organ-restoration-project-with
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Alden Snell, standing, organist of the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, watches David Carmer as he tries out the newly restored organ at the church. Carmer is the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina. The two became friends when Carmer was organist of the church where Snell’s father was pastor.
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The Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church has just completed a huge organ renovation project, and to thank the community for its support, the church is holding a series of free musical concerts.

“The renovation of the church pipe organ was a huge undertaking for our church,” said Gregg McAllister of Batavia, a longstanding member of the church who volunteered his time to promote the renovation and fundraising. “Church members wanted to offer something special to the community to celebrate, so they planned this concert series.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/bergen-evangelical-presbyterian-church-highlights-90k-organ-restoration-project-with#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/bergen-evangelical-presbyterian-church-highlights-90k-organ-restoration-project-with Apr 16, 2024, 6:15pm arts Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church highlights $90K organ restoration project with series of free concerts Virginia Kropf <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="bergen presbyterian organ" class="image-style-large" height="924" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/4738e9_83dbf658838d4f6cbe294d8f81bce1c6-mv2-2.jpg?itok=YQG0-fTZ" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Alden Snell, standing, organist of the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, watches David Carmer as he tries out the newly restored organ at the church. Carmer is the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina. The two became friends when Carmer was organist of the church where Snell’s father was pastor.</em><br><em>Submitted photo.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span>The Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church has just completed a huge organ renovation project, and to thank the community for its support, the church is holding a series of free musical concerts.</span></p><p><span>“The renovation of the church pipe organ was a huge undertaking for our church,” said Gregg McAllister of Batavia, a longstanding member of the church who volunteered his time to promote the renovation and fundraising. “Church members wanted to offer something special to the community to celebrate, so they planned this concert series.”</span></p>
Leadership Genesee discovers the abundance of Genesee County arts & culture https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/leadership-genesee-discovers-the-abundance-of-genesee-county-arts-culture/639045
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Submitted photo of Leadership Genesee 2024 participants hear from Kathy White about what it takes to present a live performance at Main St. 56 Theater, home of the Batavia Players.

By Peggy Marone LG ‘02, Director

Press Release:

How many times have you driven in downtown Batavia and never noticed there are more than 20 murals between Jackson, Ellicott, and Bank Streets? The Leadership Genesee (LG) Class of 2024 discovered them during a ‘scavenger hunt’ activity on March 27, LG Arts & Culture Day.

One participant shared, “The scavenger hunt allowed us to really observe the murals. How often I drive by these murals and don’t really notice the detail or the extent of artwork on display. Some of the murals I have never seen or noticed (like the one on the fire hydrant). Art can be made anywhere!”

Leadership Genesee Our Arts & Culture Day works to raise awareness about arts initiatives and activities in Genesee County and reveal some of our cultural history and traditions. “This month's topic really encouraged me to think about my personal background and heritage. Our community is so diverse!” said one participant.

The group met at Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (Go Art!) for the morning hearing from Gregory Hallock LG ’18, Executive Director, about how the organization has grown over the past several years. The organization is dedicated to developing the cultural life in Genesee and Orleans Counties by facilitating the creation, presentation, and experience of art, heritage, and traditions. The facility has a dance studio, podcast studio, displayed art, open mic sessions, Tavern 2.o.1 as well as offering community events. The class had the opportunity to tour the facility and participate in a Bollywood Dance session.

Terry Abrams LG ’07, Curator/ Collections Manager, Niagara County Historical Society, shared information about The Tonawanda Seneca Nation, our neighbors in Genesee County. Terry spoke of Seneca's history and culture and how their values remain strong and intact. Language, song, art, dance, and sports are all vital aspects of Seneca culture. 

After a tour of Main St. 56 Theater and learning about the initiatives from Batavia Players to bring additional live theater to Genesee County and offer options to kids for theater camps, the group visited The Harve in the Harvester Center. The Harve is a 7,000-square-foot hidden gem of art and music! Nestled within The Harvester Center with its entrance just through Pub Coffee Hub this vibrant venue is a haven for creativity and entertainment.

After sharing stories of their cultural heritage, the group participated in a drum circle led by Jackie Swaby, Executive Director of the Arts Council for Wyoming County. Jackie not only shared her expertise in drumming but the background and significance of drumming. The group ended the day by participating in activities to create their own stories through art. 

Leadership Genesee is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, an employer, and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and provides equal program and employment opportunities. 

For more information, visit LG’s website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/leadership-genesee; “like” LG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leadershipgenesee; or contact Program Director Peggy Marone at (585) 343-3040, ext. 118 or mem77@cornell.edu.

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Submitted photo of members of the LG Class of 2024 pose in front of the downtown Batavia mural they discovered during the scavenger hunt activity.
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Photos: Spring celebration at the Willow Bend Inn on Sunday https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-spring-celebration-at-the-willow-bend-inn-on-sunday/638941
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The house was a-rockin' from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Willow Bend Inn as music fans welcomed spring to the sound of five area bands.

Among them, Shotgun Pauly (pictured).

The house was packed.

Also, on the bill, Bad Sign, Double Image Band, Rock Solid, and Stanton (the RnR Band).

Shotgun Pauly returns to the Willow Bend for a show on Saturday night.

The Willow Bend was celebrating 56 years as a family-run business.

Photos by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-spring-celebration-at-the-willow-bend-inn-on-sunday/638941#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-spring-celebration-at-the-willow-bend-inn-on-sunday/638941 Apr 8, 2024, 7:30am arts Photos: Spring celebration at the Willow Bend Inn on Sunday Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/willow-bend-inn-spring-celebration-2024-shotgun-pauly-paul-draper.jpg?itok=1eLU6Gdz" width="800" height="532" alt="willow bend inn spring celebration 2024 shotgun pauly paul draper" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>The house was a-rockin' from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Willow Bend Inn as music fans welcomed spring to the sound of five area bands.</p><p>Among them, Shotgun Pauly (pictured).</p><p>The house was packed.</p><p>Also, on the bill, Bad Sign, Double Image Band, Rock Solid</p>