Pemberville Opera House

Pemberville Opera House hosting Evening with Cole Porter

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Live! In The House Concert Series will present an Evening with Cole Porter performed by heartland sings on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pemberville Opera House. The performers offer a glimpse of what it would be like to be entertained by Porter himself at the piano surrounded by friends, who happen to be great singers. Tickets are $12 from Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Biley at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org Heartland Sings is a nonprofit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1997, by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings has since grown into a broad based vocal arts company, consisting of full-time and part-time administrative and artistic staff. For nearly two decades, Heartland Sings has been changing the lives of participants and patrons through song. Heartland Sings entertains and enriches audiences within a 225-mile radius of Fort Wayne, with the purpose of serving as a professional, educational resource for the vocal arts, cultivating a community of artistic and cultural appreciation, and providing performance opportunities to area vocalists and musicians. Heartland singers are Maestro Robert Nance, president and artistic director, on piano with principal vocal artists Elaina Robbins, soprano, Ashlee Bickley, mezzo-soprano, Mark Phillips, tenor, Jerome Síbulo, baritone, and Ian Williams, bass-baritone.


Award-winning bluegrass combo The Farm Hands to perform at Pemberville Opera House

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The celebrated bluegrass band The Farm Hands will perform a Live in the House concert Saturday October 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House,  115 Main Street, Pemberville. Tickets are $12.00  at  Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by  contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848 or carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org. Since their inception in 2010, they have received over 50 national awards and nominations. Their YouTube videos, Facebook, and Twitter pages have thousands of followers. They are one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing more than 150 dates per year. For anyone who has seen them in concert, none of this comes as a surprise. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talented bands in bluegrass music. The group features 4 award winning singers, musicians and songwriters, including two long time veterans of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves was into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famousGrand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Beard resophonic guitar and is the reigningDobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 12 times and the last nine years in a row. Two-time Songwriter of the Year Daryl Mosley has several #1 songs to his credit, including the southern gospel classic, ‘(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All. Daryl has written songs featured on ‘American Idol’, ‘The View’ and other TV shows around the world. Gospel music icon Bill Gaither calls Farm Hand’s bass player Daryl Mosley “a poet-and we don’t have many poets left.” Daryl is also a six time Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. Three-time Guitar Player of the Year nominee Keith Tew has toured with High Strung, Vassar Clements of the Grateful Dead, Rock County, and performed on the Grand Ole’ Opry as a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band. Keith is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and is a 2 time Song of the Year winner- one for the Lonesome River Band…


Jazz guitarist to open 10th Live in the House season in Pemberville

From THE PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Brian Delaney Jazz Quartet will open the 10th Live! In The House Concert Series presented by the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society. The quartet will perform at the Pemberville Opera House Saturday Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at Beeker’s General Store, at the door,  by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848 or carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org. The Brian Delaney Quartet, is the brainchild of multi-faceted guitarist and leader Brian Delaney. Since its’ inception, Delaney hand-picked the players to create an aesthetic which emphasizes lyricism, pleasant harmonies and spare but liquid musical arrangements of the Golden Era of American popular song.The Brian Delaney Quartet devotes itself to rendering 20th century popular song with clarity and style, and their unique ensemble sound. With trumpet, electric guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar and string bass, this is a band that can interpret melodies from the Great American Songbook in a way that is framed in lyricism, playful arrangements and improvisation. BDQ has a knack for making each tune their own and walking a knife edge between joyful expression and endearing accessibility. The Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and completely restored to its’ original glory in 1999. Built as a true theater on the second floor, the opera house completely handicapped accessible. Individual tickets are $12 and season tickets are $90. See contacts above. Also scheduled for the 2018-2019 season are: Oct. 6, The Farm Hands. The Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and in demand Southern Gospel Bluegrass bands in America. They are the 2018 Bluegrass Music Entertainers Of The Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Bluegrass Gospel Band of the Year. Nov. 3, Women of Country. Through narrative, song and visual presentation, you’ll hear the stories and songs of Patsy Montana, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Brenda Lee and many more through today’s women country vocalists. Dec. 1, Christmas Gala. Something different! Enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage all the while enjoying the beautifully decorated opera house. Jan. 5, Silent Movie Night A winter favorite. Enjoy a silent movie with live piano…


Pirates play coming to Pemberville Opera House

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Pemberville Children’s Theatre Workshop will stage Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:40 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St, Pemberville “Treasure Island” is one of the most durable adventure stories of all times, with the villainous Long John Silver following young Jim across the ocean in search of a buried fortune on Treasure Island. Tickets are $8.0 and  $5 under 18 at at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol Bailey at  419-287-4848. Luke McHaffie plays Jim and Stephen Williams plays Long John Silver. Cast, directed by Angie Patchett, includes: Mercy Lanning, Chloe Holcomb, Eli Smith, Karena Lowe, Madison Fox, John Williams, Isabella Holcomb,  Titus Angel, Abigail Farris, Seamus Maxon, Kevin Williams, Devon Eidenour, Shane Meehan, Cozy Daniels, Deign Maxon, and Danielle Angel. Also, . Justus Angel, Hayden Cadaret, Ethan Headley, Finnian Maxon, Eamon Maxon, Neely Maxon, Rebekah McHaffie , Caitie Meehan , Delilah VanderWaarden , and Liam VanderWaarden. This year’s production of “Treasure Island” will feature “sea and sky” scenery.  Original to the opera house, it is approximately 100-120 years old. Each piece measures 9’ x 10’ and has small porcelain wheels in the bottoms. These were designed so that one person on each side of the stage could change the scenery with one swift pull. Each piece of scenery fits into a wooden slat at the top of the stage which serves as a channel. The canvas was repaired before artist Kim Baskey, of Toledo, touched in all the wear and tear to make it look like brand new all the while preserving its wonderful history. This is the 11th year for the Pemberville Children’s Theatre. Featuring 28 children between the ages of 7 and 16, who worked weeks to put this production together. Workshop made possible through the generosity of the Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund.


Pemberville Opera House presents Avanti Guitar Trio

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Avanti Guitar Trio will perform a Live in the house concert, Saturday, April 7, 7:30pm in the historic Pemberville Opera House Tickets are $12 at the door and from Beeker’s General Store, or by contacting CarolBailey at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org or at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org. To benefit the opera house elevator fund, the Historical Society will host a pre-show dinner at Higher Grounds in Downtown Pemberville. From 5:30-7 p.m. BBQ Chicken or Riblet, Baked Potato, Choice of Salads, Corn, Roll and Butter and Choice of Beverage Cost $9.95 and tax with homemade pie ala carte. Reservations not necessary but appreciated. Call 419-287-3274 The Avanti Guitar Trio is a world-class chamber ensemble whose performances are exciting, approachable, and welcoming. Guitarists Jason Deroche, Julie Goldberg, and Wesley Hixson blend together pristine technique and sensitive interpretation, earning critical acclaim for their engaging concerts and varied programming. AGT repertoire ranges from the Baroque to Contemporary, and features newly composed music, engaging transcriptions of classical masterpieces, and an occasional rock/pop or jazz tune. Based in Chicago, Illinois, AGT has performed for the Waukegan Chamber Society, Chicago Composers’ Consortium, Illinois Wesleyan University, Quincy University, Church of Beethoven, and Harold Washington Chicago Public Library. AGT has shared the stage with renowned guitarists Benjamin Verdery, William Coulter, Las Guitarras de España, and Earl Klugh. Formed in 2010 the Avanti Guitar Trio continues to expand the guitar trio repertoire by composing/transcribing new works and collaborating with established and upcoming composers. The Avanti Guitar Trio opens their program with a transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s “Introduction and Fandango.” Boccherini, an Italian composer and cellist spent much of his career in Madrid, Spain. He composed chamber works for royalty and enjoyed steady employment as a composer and performer. The Spanish Nobleman, Marquis de Benavente, was an amateur guitarist and fan of Boccherini’s string quartets. He commissioned the composer to write guitar parts for his favorite chamber works so that he could participate in playing Boccherini’s chamber music. The Marquis paid Boccherini 100 francs for each quartet the composer arranged. Introduction and Fandango was originally composed as the last movement of…


Heartland Sings to perform at Pemberville Opera House

From the PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Heartland Sings will present “In the Mix” Saturday,  February 3, 7:30 p.m, in the historic Pemberville Opera House as part of the Live in the House Concert series. The vocal ensemble principal vocal artists, along with Maestro Robert Nance, will present a unique program showcases vocal harmony and vocal jazz style at its finest. Heartland Sings’ high energy and originality makes for a memorable concert experience.   Tickets are $12 and  available for $12.00 @ Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by  contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org    www.pembervilleoperahouse.org Heartland Sings is a nonprofit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Always striving for excellence and innovation, we serve Northeast Indiana and beyond with entertaining productions, cultural programming, and quality education in the vocal arts. Founded in 1997, by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings has since grown into a broad based vocal arts company, consisting of full-time and part-time administrative and artistic staff. For nearly two decades, Heartland Sings has been changing the lives of participants and patrons through song. Heartland Sings entertains and enriches audiences within a 225-mile radius of Fort Wayne, with the purpose of serving as a professional, educational resource for the vocal arts, cultivating a community of artistic and cultural appreciation, and providing performance opportunities to area vocalists and musicians. Performers are: Maestro Robert Nance – President & Artistic Director, piano Elaina Robbins – Soprano, Principal Vocal Artist Ashlee Bickley – Mezzo-Soprano, Principal Vocal Artist Mark Phillips – Tenor, Principal Vocal Artist Jerome Síbulo – Baritone, Principal Vocal Artist Ian Williams – Bass-Baritone, Principal Vocal Artist To benefit the opera house elevator fund, the Historical Society will host a pre-show baked chicken dinner at Higher Grounds in Downtown Pemberville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Meal includes baked chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, choice of salads, green beans, roll and butter andcChoice of beverage for $9.95 and tax. Homemade pie is a la carte.  Reservations not necessary but appreciated. Call 419-287-3274


Live radio production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on stage at Pemberville Opera House

From THE PEMBERVILLE-FREEDOM AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Live In The House Concert series presents a live radio play version of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at  2 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House While we don’t have Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, we do have the Vintage Radio Players ready to take the stage, complete with a soundman and his ‘applause’ and ‘on the air’ signs to present The Lux Theatre radio version of the favorite Christmas movies  The show will include a few vintage commercials. The Vintage Radio Players, directed by Janet McClary, will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” using the original Lux Radio Script that was broadcast in 1947, with live music and sound effects.  This show will be recorded, therefore, audience participation will be appreciated, and it will be broadcast at a later date on WBGU-FM  88.1. Tickets are $12 from Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by  contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org, or   www.pembervilleoperahouse.org. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a 1946 American Christmas film produced and directed by Frank Capra. The original story “The Greatest Gift” was written Philip Van Doren Stern in November 1939. After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, Stern decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed 200 copies to family and friends in December 1943. The story came to the attention of RKO producer David Hempstead, who showed it to Cary Grant’s Hollywood agent, and in April 1944, RKO Pictures bought the rights to the story for $10,000, hoping to turn the story into a vehicle for Grant.  After several screenwriters worked on adaptations, RKO sold the rights to the story in 1945 to Frank Capra’s production company for the same $10,000, which he adapted into “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Lux Radio Theatre a long-run classic radio anthology series.  Initially, the series adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before it began adapting films. These hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences. The series became the most popular dramatic anthology…


Arts Beat: Mustard’s Retreat gathers Pemberville audience into their musical family

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News I spent another Saturday night with another band that has many miles on its career without attracting celebrity. A week ago it was the 50-year-old hitless wonders, NRBQ, at Howard’s Club H. This week it was Mustard’s Retreat at another venerable venue, the Pemberville Opera House. Mustard’s Retreat – Michael Hough, David Tamulevich, and Libby Glover – go way back to the Ann Arbor music scene of the mid-1970s. Like so many musicians they got their start in the food industry – Hough and Tamulevich met when they were short order cooks at The Brown Jug in Ann Arbor, and Glover tended bar at the Heidelberg where Tamulevich would perform. She sang with the guys for a few years before heading out on her own, and they continued, playing the region and reaching further afield, finding their niche… in Flint. And there was a sense that those many nights on the road led to this particular show in Pemberville. They opened and closed their first set with their two most popular songs, which Tamulevich noted at the break are included in the “Rise Again Songbook,” the sequel the famous volume. They opened with “Gather the Family” and closed with “(Ours Is a) Simple Faith,” which has become a favorite in some churches. Road songs threaded through between those two, and then extended into a second set. Along the way they’ve harvested songs. A weather vane can inspired a fanciful song about a dragon. Dancing with a town’s oddball character can inspire a touching ballad. A women’s voice on a CB radio can inspire romantic thoughts on the road from Flint to Ann Arbor. Or a forgetful organizer can lead the duo to understand what matters in their musical mission. In this case, they’d been booked in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, but when they called to confirm, they learned that the organizer had forgotten and the gig was the same as the town’s annual potluck dinner and dance. They could come and play before the dance, he told the duo, and then pass the hat. This was…


Mustard’s Retreat brings “defiantly hopeful” folk music to Pemberville Opera House

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Mustard’s Retreat steps on the Pemberville Opera House stage Saturday night, they’ll arrive as old friends who haven’t stopped by in a spell. The duo of David Tamulevich and Michael Hough were regulars in Bowling Green a few years ago. Anne Tracy brought them to BG first for her concert series back in the late 1990s, and since they’ve played the Black Swamp Art Festival. Most recently they visited as part of the Yellow Room Gang, a songwriting collective from Ann Arbor, playing at the festival and Grounds for Thought. It’s been a few years, though. When the Ann Arbor- based singer-songwriters return, they’ll bring an old friend, Libby Glover, an original member of the group when it formed in 1974. The show is part of the Live in the House series and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Mustard’s Retreat is all about friendship. The members met back in Ann Arbor when they were working in the college town’s bars and restaurants, not as entertainers but cooking food and serving drinks. Tamulevich and Hough worked as short order cooks. They shared a love of music so they pulled together three songs, and brought their act to the stage of The Arc, the legendary folk venue. Glover was tending bar at another place where Tamulevich was performing, and she started joining him on stage to sing harmony. “The blend of the voices was captivating,” Tamulevich said in a recent telephone interview. The three together performed as Mustard’s Retreat until Glover left town to pursue a solo career. She got standing ovations on her last gigs with them. The guys decided to soldier on without her, Tamulevich said. And they got a standing ovation on their first show as a duo. When Glover returned to Ann Arbor five years ago, she started to do shows with the duo again. “She stepped right back into it and, it was like no time had gone by. It was the same magic,” Tamulevich said. Glover joins the duo for regional shows, including Saturday’s Pemberville concert. Whether…


Live in the House season opens tonight (Sept. 3) in Pemberville

From THE PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE The Pemberville Opera House opens its ninth season of Live in the House concerts tonight (Sept. 3) with Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. From blues to ballads and jazz to swing, Dwight shines. His impeccable instincts and mellow sound have garnered the attention of some of the finest musicians in the industry. Dwight’s fluid style lends itself to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and many more. But his raw abilities are evidenced in his performance of original music. He’s sung on numerous recordings, including works for commercial and corporate use. He’s an accomplished studio session singer. Growing up in New York, Lenox honed his talent in the church choir. He went on to study and perform musical styles as diverse as country and rock n’ roll. But his gospel roots, combined with such childhood influences as Nancy Wilson, Nat Cole, and Sarah Vaughn, made jazz a natural showcase for his talent. The Live! In The House Concert Series started in 2008 and has since brought well over 100 performances to the opera house stage. The Pemberville Opera House was built in 1892 and completely restored to its’ original glory in 1999. Built as a true ‘theatre on the second floor, the opera house has recently completed an elevator tower and is now handicapped accessible. Programs are nearly always the first Saturday of each month, Sept thru May and tickets are available as a series for $90 or individually at $12 each. Upcoming shows are: Oct. 1: The Midwestern Swing is a Cincinnati based band inspired by the great Western Swing bands of the 40s, 50s & 60s coupled with equal parts tradition and modernity. The group’s repertoire features tight arrangements from the classic Western Swing and Great American Songbooks. www.themidwesternswing.com Nov. 12: The Juggernaut Jug Band What do you get when you blend jazz, blues ragtime, swing and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware? Nothing less than the strange concoction called the Juggernaut Jug…


Chris Buzzelli still in tune with jazz

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Chris Buzzelli didn’t change his tune when he retired. A guitar professor and director of the Bowling Green State University Jazz Vocal Group, Buzzelli retired from the university last May after teaching there since 1984. While he keeps active as a guitarist, he’s also wanted to maintain a hand in vocal music. So this summer he got together a few former students for a concert at the Hayes Home in Fremont. This Saturday, the group billed as Chris Buzzelli and Friends will perform at the Pemberville Opera House at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Live in the House series. Tickets are $12 at the door or at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville or by calling Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848. Joining Buzzelli, who sings and plays guitar, for the show will be vocalists Samantha Ulrich, Emily Holsoe and David Breen with instrumental support from Ariel Kasler, piano, and Kevin Eikum, bass. “This is kind of my ideal group,” Buzzelli said. “I get to play, to sing, to write. It contains all my interests.” Buzzelli didn’t seek out the job of directing the jazz vocal group. Paul Hunt had done it for a number of years and when he left there were a couple short-term directors. When one of them stepped aside on short notice, Dean Richard Kennell asked Buzzelli to take over. “I said I would until he found someone else.” It became a long-term commitment. “I loved doing the group at the school and I’ve gotten into a lot of arranging and getting my arrangements published. It became an unexpected part of my career.” He’s also started singing as well. For a while he had a Nat King Cole tribute group with Eikum on lead vocals and bass, and Buzzelli joining the vocal choruses. When he retired Buzzelli decided he’d like to have a group to express that side of his musical personality. To get started he is relying on charts the singers knew from their time with the university’s ensemble, though “everyone had to learn a couple new things.” The program will…


Pemberville elevator looking for $100 donors

The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society is looking for a final boost to get the money it needs to finish the elevator at the Pemberville Opera House. The project started in fall has a price tag of $372,000, with about $100,000 coming from local funds. Fundraising has lagged as of early this year, and Carol Bailey, program director for the opera house, has issued a plea. The elevator effort is looking for 100 people to donate $100 each to get the project down the home stretch. In her email she states, acknowledges many people have already donated, “and I am so appreciative.” Still the need remains to come up with funds to finish the project. “Your help is truly needed in this final stretch,” she wrote. Beyond donating she’s also asking folks to help spread the word through email and social media.