Notes From The Aisle Seat
Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 09

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 09

January 19, 2022

Welcome to Episode 9 - the All Art edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Today’s episode features three guests: Audrey Kay Dowling from the Portage Hill Gallery talks about her recent NYS Council on the Arts grant and the 40th anniversary of the gallery; Distinguished Professor Alberto Rey discusses impressionism in advance of the upcoming Art and Architecture Series; and Hyla Stellhorn talks about her current installation at the Octagon Gallery in the Patterson Library in Westfield.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501. Audience members are reminded that all events at the Fredonia Opera House and Rockefeller Arts Center require that you wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. No one will be permitted into either venue without a mask.

You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word through your social media feeds, give us a link on your website, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner.

If you have an arts event you'd like to publicize, hit us up at operahouse@fredopera.org and let us know what you have! Please give us at least one month's notice to facilitate timely scheduling. Thanks for listening!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 08

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 08

January 5, 2022

Welcome to Episode 8 - the New Year edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Today’s episode features two guests: Mr. Paul Preston from The Movie Guys discusses the movies coming up in the Cinema Series for January, while Ms. Julie Newell, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Voice at SUNY Fredonia, does the same for the spring season of Live from the Met. Ms. Newell's interview is being presented in two parts, with the first part in this episode, and the second part scheduled in two weeks for Episode 9 on January 19th.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501. Audience members are reminded that all events at the Fredonia Opera House and Rockefeller Arts Center require that you wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. No one will be permitted into either venue without a mask.

You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word through your social media feeds, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 07

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 07

December 8, 2021

Welcome to Episode 7 - the Holiday edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Today’s episode features four guests: Mr. Ed Croft from the Ed Croft Trio will talk about his upcoming presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 10, Greg and Deondra Brown of the 5 Browns will discuss the 5 Browns Holiday Concert at the Rockefeller Arts Center, Mike Randall chats with me in the Short Note segment about his one-person performance of Charles DIckens A Christmas Carol at the St. John’s United Church of Christ on Central Ave in Dunkirk, and lastly I talk with Ted Sharon and Ben Sheedy from the Main Street Studios in Fredonia about their production of Christmas Carol and other matters.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501. Audience members are reminded that all events at the Fredonia Opera House and Rockefeller Arts Center require that you wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. No one will be permitted into either venue without a mask.

NEW!! You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word through your social media feeds, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

The 1891 Opera House will be closed from December 24 -January 3, 2022, so there will be no December 22 episode. The next episode of Notes from the Aisle Seat will be available on January 5, 2022. See you in the New Year!

Notes from the Aisle Seat Episode 06

Notes from the Aisle Seat Episode 06

November 24, 2021

Welcome to Episode 6 - the Thanksgiving edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Episode 6 features interviews with Ms. Marcia Merrins, who discusses the North Shore Arts Alliance's Holiday at the Lodge event, Mr. Jack Bausch and Mr. Michael Morrissey, who will be appearing in the SUNY Fredonia Dept. of Theatre and Dance production of The Normal Heart, and Mr. Kevin Ganzekaufer in a Short Note, talking about his production of The Happy Prince and Other Tales, a children's theatre production at the Main Street Studios in Fredonia. We also have all your "Thanks for the Opera House" messages in this episode.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501. Audience members are reminded that all events at the Fredonia Opera House and Rockefeller Arts Center require that you wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. No one will be permitted into either venue without a mask.

NEW!! You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word through your social media feeds, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 05

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 05

November 10, 2021

Welcome to Episode 5 - the Anniversary edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Episode 5 features interviews with Ms. Angelika Summerton, who discusses the upcoming Stage on Screen presentation of Spartacus featuring the Bolshoi Ballet, as well as the Fall Chamber Series dance production from the Fredonia Dance Ensemble; Dr. Robert Strauss and Mr. Dan Lendzian, who talk about the upcoming Hillman Opera Production of Il Matrimonio Segreto; and Mr. Jim Boltz and Dr. Dick Gilman, who reminisce about the reopening in 1994 of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

The special number to call and leave a "Thanks for the Opera House" voice message is 716-268-1123. The podcast contains more information.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501. Audience members are reminded that all events at the Fredonia Opera House and Rockefeller Arts Center require that you wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. No one will be permitted into either venue without a mask.

NEW!! You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word through your social media feeds, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes From the Aisle Seat - Episode 04

Notes From the Aisle Seat - Episode 04

October 27, 2021

Welcome to Episode 4 - the Halloween edition - of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Episode 4 features interviews with Maestro Glen Cortese, Ms. Hyla Sue Stellhorn, and Mr. Matthew Cullen and Ms. Julia Marie Black. Mr. Cortese is the Music Director of the Western NY Chamber Orchestra, and he discusses his upcoming concert, the Halloween Spook-tacular Concert, on Oct. 29. Ms. Stellhorn, the Exhibition Coordinator of the Marion Art Gallery, talks about the current exhibition of the work of John Buck, and Mr. Cullen and Ms. Black discuss the creation of the Common Ground Theatre Company and their first production, Everything Feels Like the End of the World

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501.

NEW!! You can now get Notes from the Aisle Seat from most of your favorite podcast sites, including Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 03

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 03

October 13, 2021

Welcome to Episode 3 of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Episode 3 features interviews with Prof. Alberto Rey, Dr. Jessica Hillman-McCord, Ms. Jen Cody, and Mr. Greg Cahill. Prof. Rey discusses the significance of the Renaissance painter Raphael, Dr. Hillman-McCord and Ms. Cody talk about the upcoming production of The Wild Party at SUNY Fredonia, and Mr. Cahill, the founder of the bluegrass group The Special Consensus, talks about bluegrass, Chicago, and his upcoming concert on Oct. 22.

Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501.

If you enjoy this podcast, please spread the word, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 02

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 02

September 29, 2021

Welcome to Episode 2 of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

Episode 2 features interviews with Mr. Jefferson Westwood, Dr. Robert Strauss, and Ms. Cindy Yochym. Jefferson discusses the season events at the Rockefeller Arts Center, Dr. Strauss offers previews and insights into the Live from the Met series, and Cindy Yochym talks about the Freedonia Marxonia event. Tickets and information for 1891 Fredonia Opera House events can be found on the website or by calling 716-679-1891. For events at the RAC, go to their website, or call their box office at 716-673-3501.

If you enjoyed this podcast, please spread the word, and consider becoming a follower by clicking the "Follow" button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 01

Notes from the Aisle Seat - Episode 01

September 15, 2021

Welcome to the premiere episode of Notes from the Aisle Seat, a podcast featuring news and information about the arts in northern Chautauqua County NY, sponsored by the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. Your host is Tom Loughlin, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia.

This episode features an interview with Mr. Rick Davis, Executive Director of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, who talks us through all the changes that have taken place during the pandemic closure over the past 18 months. Also featured is an interview with Ekstasis Duo, Eliran Avni and Natasha Farny, who will be performing "...From the Shadows," featuring gems from lesser known composers such as Alma Mahler, George Walker, and others, on September 25th. Tickets are available on the website or by calling the box office at 716-679-1891.

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