Pemberville Opera House

Guitarist Jim McCutcheon to perform ‘Live in the House’ show in Pemberville Opera House

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Jim McCutcheon, “The Guitarman,” will perform a “Live! In The House Concert Series” concert April 6, 7:30 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House. Tickets are available for $12 at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848, or McCutcheon has performed throughout Ohio and abroad for more than three decades. His career has spanned performance, music education, including blending science and the arts, and radio production. McCutcheon has played the guitar since he was 11 years old.  He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in physics and a medical school acceptance and then went on the road with a band. When the tour concluded, he knew music would be the best career for him, and he returned to Dayton, studying music at Wright State University, where he received a Bchelor in Music in Guitar Performance and later a M.M. in Music Education. As a member of the OAC Touring Roster, Jim has performed all over Ohio as “The Guitar Man” and has also performed in England and Russia. He has made four recordings for adults as well as three specifically for children. He has several publications of guitar compositions and instruction books to his credit, and has written a variety of magazine articles published in the U.S.A. and England.  In part due to his extensive work in schools developing programs relating science and  the arts, Jim was recently awarded the 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Education. Jim reviews recordings for Soundboard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. He  also serves as Guitar Adviser to the National Federation of Music Clubs. He won the 2019 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Adult Composer Competition with a piece for guitar and string orchestra. Jim can be heard weekends on Dayton Public Radio’s “The Intimate Guitar,” which he has  produced since 1986. He currently is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Dayton, and adjunct faculty at Wright State University and Miami University. He owns and operates McCutcheon Music in south Dayton, which, with a staff of over 50 teachers, has twice won Dayton Magazine’s “Best Music Instruction.”

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, or 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 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 classic “Am I A Fool” and again for The Farm Hand’s “Dig In The Dirt” Bluegrass Banjo player of the Year nominee in 2017 Don Hill has the distinction of being named state champion banjo player in several states including Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Don is a Tennessee native and has worked with many of the major artists in bluegrass music including Grand Ole Opry stars Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds.  

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 or 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 accompaniment provided by Lynne Long at the piano. Feb. 2, Heartland Sings “A Night With Cole Porter”. In a small Indiana town, on June 9, 1891, the genius we know as Cole Albert Porter was born. He went on to write over 1500 songs for Broadway productions, movies, and television. Today his music lives on and you’ll be treated to hearing a lot of it this evening. March 2, “A Brit Of Magic.” Not a “sit back and watch” show, it is an interactive roller coaster ride of fun and excitement. This is a high energy hilarious show from the moment the curtain opens. April 6, Jim McCutcheon, Guitar Man. McCutcheon is one of those rare performers who can relate to audiences of any age, or any combination of ages. Her has a broad repertoire ranging from classical guitar music from around the world to folk music of the USA. May 4, David Crone Comedy Ventriloquist Always clean, and always hilarious, David and his cast of characters are that something special that creates a memory you will be talking about long after it’s over.  

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, or at 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 Boccherini’s Quintet, Op. 40, No. 2. Reworked for guitar and string quartet, it became the final movement of the composers Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major. Wesley’s piece, “Tidal Light” was inspired by the popular Youtube video “Flaring Up, Surfing with Flare.” The video features world renowned surfer Bruce Irons. “Tidal Light” is an aural impression of ocean sounds, from the shushing monotony of tidal waters overlaying the shoreline to the effervescence of whitecaps crashing. A delicate main theme is shared between two guitars as one echoes the other while the third guitar plays a supportive and a rolling ostinato figure. In the video “Flaring Up,” surfer Bruce Irons experiments with road flares strapped to the back of his surfboard as he catches a wave at twilight, creating an ethereal light show. “Tango Diabólico” blends elements of jazz harmonies, classical form and heavy metal riffs to create a devilish tango. Composers traditionally avoid using the augmented fourth interval, called the forbidden tri-tone or the “devil in music.” In “Tango Diabólico” Hixson uses the tri-tone consistently creating an eerie sense of foreboding. After an intense main theme, it appears that an ominous Lento section is about to unfold when suddenly a shift to a lyrical and nostalgic theme begins. With it’s eclectic conglomeration of styles, the Tango Diabólico expands on the ideas of the great Nuevo Tango composer Astor Piazzolla and is foretelling example of where the style may be evolving. George Bizet composed the opera “Carmen” between the years…

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, 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,, or “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 series on radio, broadcast for more than 20 years and continued on television as the Lux Video Theatre through most of the 1950s. The primary sponsor of the show was Unilever through its Lux Soap brand.  

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 their first “tour” – three dates in Wisconsin – so they agreed. They were moved by seeing four generations of townsfolk eating, partying and dancing together. They’d never been there before, but these were their people. Now with Glover back in the fold, they delivered these songs they’d gathered from their own imaginations and the pens of others, in tight three-part harmony with performances whose casualness belied their careful arrangements. And the audience was encouraged to join in. The Pemberville audience didn’t need much encouragement. The trio launched into the Tennessee Ernie Ford hit “Sixteen Tons” after “Gather the Family,” and the audience chimed in. Hough said he’d heard that song when he was 10, and then they sang a song he heard a year later, “King of the Road,” again with audience participation. (A week before NRBG also did a version of the Roger Miller tune testifying to its cross-genre appeal.) The songs were connected by patches of storytelling. Hough even recited a long poem about long-lasting love. They sang a protest song about the Flint water crisis. Those are their people as well. Some folks were on hand at the opera house because they remember Mustard’s Retreat from their shows in Bowling Green more than a decade ago, most others were newcomers to their music. After the trio closed with a heart-felt “Shenandoah,” I couldn’t help but feel we had somehow all become part of Mustard’s Retreat’s story.

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 as a duo or a trio, “we just tell human stories, and people connect to them. They come up and tell their stories. That’s the thing I like. … It’s a concert, but it’s also a social thing.  It touches people and moves them and inspires them.” That’s the power of folk music. “We hope to be uplifted and inspired. That’s what this music does. … We have a dialogue with the audience. Wherever we go it’s like meeting relatives you haven’t had a chance to meet yet.” Hough and Tamulevich each have 75 to 100 songs. That includes a couple “Gather the Family,’ which they co-wrote, and Tamulevich’s “Simple Faith” that have made the rounds on the folk circuit and in Unitarian churches.  In their songs they seek out the truth without being “preachy.” They also draw on the people, folklore, and humor of the upper Midwest. “There’s an underlying theme of community and respect for each other and respect for the earth,” Tamulevich said. “You write around those themes.” A sense of community is what drew Tamulevich to music. He remembered being in England as a high school student, and seeing how a singer on a bus drew people to her and held their attention with just her guitar and voice. A shy kid, Tamulevich wanted to be able to do that. He also drew inspiration from a film about Pete Seeger’s first cruise on the Hudson River advocating to get the waterway cleaned up. “Here were all…

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. 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 Band. Dec. 3: Matt Watroba and Robert Jones American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) as the music that matters. This is the music that America and that the world has in common, that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. Jan. 7: Silent Movie Night, once again featuring Lynne Long on the piano. Feb. 4: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic America’s premier youth fiddling show band present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions March 4: Dodworth Saxhorn Band is America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band recreating the music and atmosphere of a 19th Century community brass band. April 1: Christine Lavin Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin she presents a night of comedy unlike any other presenting her unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US. May 6: Wild Carrot “…a whirlwind of Roots music forms, touching on Bluegrass, Country, swinging Jazz, Contemporary Folk and Celtic music …with a consistently masterful grace (and) flawless harmonies.” Tickets are available as a series for $90 or individually at $12 each. Tickets are available at the door or at Beeker’s General Store or Contact Carol 419-287-4848 or or visit: Sponsored in part by The Ohio Arts Council.

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 be a mix of his own arrangements as well as charts from the books of Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. During his tenure as director, he helped bring the New York Voices to campus for a summer jazz vocal camp that continued 2009 through 2015. He said he may also mix in a tune or two from Nat King Cole. Among the selections will be “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” “Corner Pocket,” “A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square,” “No More Blues” and Buzzelli’s medley of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Lean on Me.” Jazz vocal groups differ from pop a cappella ensembles and show choirs in their more complex harmonies and a focus on the music without choreography and costumes. “If we do a pop tune, it’s a very jazz influenced arrangement,” he said. Right now the group, which has not settled on a name, has one voice on a part. That’s, he said, “a little unnerving … no one else knows the music.” Buzzelli envisions expanding the ensemble and bringing in more voices from the community.

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.