The Pemberville Opera House will present, “Live in the House,” a season of entertaining programs on the first weekend of each month from September to May.
Tickets will be available individually, in four-show packs (half-season) or by the entire season (nine shows).
The season includes:
Sept. 6 - Swing into fall with the Northcoast Big Band. The 16-piece band includes five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, bass, piano and drums. Two of the musicians also sing with the Big Band.
The repertoire has grown from five borrowed pieces to over 200 charts purchased by the band. Their collection includes traditional Big Band music popularized by the bands such as those led by Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. Also in the Big Band's collection are jazz arrangements and classic rock.
Oct. 4 - Enjoy an old-fashioned evening at the movies - really old! Come see silent movie star Lillian Gish ride an iceberg over the rapids in “Way Down East.”
Featuring piano showman Damien Stout, the evening just gets better and better. Michael Hurwitz, who studied under Miss Gish's tutelage at the New York School for Dramatic Arts, will share his remembrances of the prolific star of silent films.
Nov. 1 - With great pride, the Opera House will present The Tower Brass Quintet, which brings nearly 30 years of performances throughout the country and abroad.
Their eclectic programs combine traditional brass quintet standards with authentic jazz, unusual contemporary pieces and appealing familiar numbers. They have collaborated with numerous other solo artists, ensembles, and several of the world’s premiere brass chamber ensembles, including the London, Budapest, Annapolis and American Brass Quintets.
Dec. 7 - It’s a surprise. The program will be announced in August. Two performances are being considered – you won’t want to miss it either way.
Jan. 3 - How about some olde time religion? Sit back and listen to the tight four part harmonies of traditional Southern Gospel with the Sojourners Quartet.
Early beginnings had Sojourner as contemporary, but soon changed to a true Southern Gospel Music Ministry. The ministry grew and the schedule grew as well - their biggest year with 160 services covering 22 states and 55,000 miles. The group has completed several projects and has been blessed to have recorded in places like Gaither Studios, Brownwood, Hilltop studios, Southern Sound, Summit Studios and others. Sojourner has recorded with some of the greatest musicians in gospel music. Over the years, several songs have seen chart success in both the USA and Europe.
Feb. 7 - Spend an “Evening with Legends.” Join Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe as they discuss politics, the war and the times of their lives. Living historians Michael and Jacqueline Hurwitz’s performances have taken them throughout the heartland of America sharing the wit, insight, humor and history of these characters. The historical vignettes bring humor and pathos their performances. Breathing life into academics...these characters form a bridge from the past to the present.
March 7 - Rick Prater & The Midnight Travelers have been well received at the large number of bluegrass festivals, and personal appearances they play each year. Always promising a good, fast-paced show of traditional Bluegrass, Rick is always eager to take requests and to please the audience.
Rick Prater & The Midnight Travelers perform Bluegrass music in their own way. The band doesn’t rely on gimmicks. There is no smoke and mirrors or fancy light shows - just real traditional Bluegrass music, played from the heart, for real people.
April 4 - Four-part harmony and four sisters! Tradition meets flair as Maidens IV takes the stage. Life for the Justice Sisters is a performance in personality.
Havilah, Heather, Abigail and Tabitha sparkle with true musical delight. A new dimension flames to existence as these lovely ladies whirl into the sphere of Celtic and folk music. With spectacular rhythms and masterful precision, Maidens IV joins the world of original compositions as the foursome creates and arranges their explosion of strings.
May 2 - The final show of the season brings a new vocal group from Bowling Green - Opus 181. The group of talented musicians can sing the house down. Joining Opus 181 will be South Korean pianist Jiung Yoon.
Yoon, a graduate student in piano performance at Bowling Green State University, began studying piano at the age of 6, and continued lessons through high school and in college at Kyung-won University in Seoul, where he received an undergraduate degree in piano performance.
While living in Seoul, he worked as a professional accompanist for several of Korea's major musicians.
All show times are at 7:30 p.m. Season ticket holders will be seated at 7 p.m. All others seated at 7:15 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $10 per show. Season tickets (nine shows) are available for $75 through Oct. 30. Half-season tickets (four shows) are available for $35, also through Oct. 30.
Those who support the opera house by becoming a sponsor receive one season ticket. Gold sponsorship is available for $100. Silver sponsorship (four tickets) is $75. Bronze sponsors ($50) receive two tickets.