Entertainment Stories

Train Coming To Darien Lake Stage

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 19, 2015
Local NewsThe popular band Train is coming to the  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center this summer. The Fray and Matt Nathanson will join Train on the Picasso At The Wheel Tour 2015 on June 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets range in price from $25.00 to $79.50. Tickets go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. You can find them online at LiveNation.com, ticketmaster.com, and over the phone at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets go on Sale today for the Garth Brooks concert slated for March 5th and 6th at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.  Brooks will perform with Trisha Yearwood at 6:00 and 10:00 both nights.

Tickets cost $66.25 and will be available through www.tickets.com/garth or 1-800-228-6622. There is an eight-ticket limit.

This will be Garth Brooks first trip to Western New York in 17 years.

Jay Leno Comes To Rochester

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Legendary late night TV show host Jay Leno is coming to Rochester.  The stand up comic is scheduled to appear at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and at the Theatre Box Office.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.  Joan Rivers was 81


Free Valentines Day Concert at Houghton

Billy T —  Thursday, February 6, 2014

HOUGHTON NY, February 5, 2014 – On Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Houghton College Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Professor Justin Davis, will present their first concert this semester in Wesley Chapel. It is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Center for the Arts Atrium.

hceeeThe concert will feature music by Sousa, Holst, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. Recently the ensemble has incorporated “pop music type works; the audience can expect to hear pieces from the recent “Star Trek” movie. “Audience members at our concerts can expect to be engaged by a wide breadth of music,” says Davis.

“Each [student] has risen to a new level of expectations for individual effort outside of class time,” states Davis. “This dedication from the individual has resulted in a high level of artistic performance.”

In conjunction with the concert, there will be an offering taken to support Start The Music.  Start The Music in a project that is assisting wartorn Rwanda by introducing classical/western music through band and orchestra instruments bringing new life to students as the country strives toward the future, growing in opportunity and global readiness. Presently the project is colleting both financial gifts as well as new and used instruments with the hope to fill a shipping container headed for Rwanda this August.

The Houghton Symphonic Winds is composed of approximately sixty members, made up of approximately 65 percent music majors and 35 percent non-majors, that seek to expose its students and audience to the highest quality of music written for wind and percussion instruments.

HOUGHTON, NY, February 5, 2014 – World renowned and two time Grammy nominated ensemble, Europa Galante, will perform at Houghton College on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Tickets for adults are $15 and $7 for ages 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance atwww.houghton.edu/artist-series, by phone at 585-567-9210, or at the door.

image003“The group’s sound… had an energy that lifted it off the stage…” – New York Times

“One of the finest things interpretative musicians can do is rescue a masterpiece from routine and repetition. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante did it …!” – the Chicago Tribune.

Houghton College has been fortunate to secure a performance date with Europa Galante as the following day the ensemble will be performing at the world famous Carnegie Hall where ticket prices will range from $70 to over $300 per seat.

“It has long been our desire to host this fine ensemble because of their musical and artistic prowess,” states Dr. Stephen Plate, associate dean and director of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College.

In 2008 Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante were awarded with the Fellowship Glue, a special award for the originality and value of the rediscovery of their work. In 2004, the Prize for Music was awarded in consideration of the merits acquired by this ensemble, who have now become one of the most influential bands in the international arena. In 2002, the Premio Abbiati Italian music critic’s award for the concert and execution of the Triumph Honor was bestowed upon the group.

Europa Galante has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and theatres such as La Scala Theatre (Milan), the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Musikverein (Vienna), Lincoln Center (New York), and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured in Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America often collaborating with the Ente Santa Cecilia in Rome, a nonprofit association that carries out its main activities in three areas: vocational training, music and socio-cultural interventions.

Together they strive to recover and restore eighteenth century Italian operas, such as Antonio Caldara’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo and Leonardo Leo’s Sant’Elena al Calvario. The ensemble regularly performs at the Alessandro Scarlatti Festival in Palermo and has given world premieres of the operas Massimo Puppieno and La Principessa Fedele.

In 1990, Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante, an ensemble that, in a few years became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music. Fabio Biondi also performs in duo with piano, harpsichord or forte-piano in prestigious venues around the world including Cité de la Musique (Paris), Hogi Hall (Tokyo), Auditorium Nacional (Madrid), and Wigmore Hall (London).

“We are pleased to have them on our campus for what promises to be an extraordinary performance,” says Plate. “You will not want to miss this concert and their world-class artistry.”


HOUGHTON NY, January 27, 2014 – As part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013-2014 Community Spotlight program, the Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform prior to the Orchestra’s M&T Bank Classics performance entitled Bianconi Plays Rach 3. The Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform on February 1, and take the stage at 7:15 pm in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall.

The Community Spotlight program was founded in 1995 as a way to showcase the musical talent of Western New York’s students. The program is currently supported by the generous sponsorship of Bank of America. All student performers will receive a free ticket to the concert and their families will also receive discounted tickets to the BPO performance immediately following. All Community Spotlight performances are 30 minutes in length and begin 45 minutes prior to the BPO concert.

The Houghton Symphonic Winds is composed of approximately sixty members, made up of approximately 65 percent music majors and 35 percent non-majors, that seek to expose its students and audience to the highest quality of music written for wind and percussion instruments.

Tickets for this M&T Classics Concert series performance are on sale now. Discounts are available for children, seniors and groups as well as friends and families of Houghton College. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.bpo.org or www.tickets.com, at all Tickets.com outlets or at the Buffalo Philharmonic box office located at 370 Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call (716) 885-5000 or toll-free, (800) 699-3168.

Last Night Perry- Family Fun Planned

Billy T —  Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seeking something new to do on December 31st? Look no further! Come to Last Night Perry, where unique performances join our line-up to thrill, enthrall and entertain you. Read on to learn about all-new premier performances by regionally known artists. Last Night Perry takes place on Tuesday, December 31st at the Perry Elementary School on 50 Olin Street, from 5:00 pm through midnight.


Comedy Hypnotist – TG Rivers – New! 

Feel the excitement as audience members become the stars of this family-friendly show! You won’t believe your eyes when people you know pull some outrageous on-stage stunts. Whether you are in the audience or part of the performance, comedy hypnotist TG Rivers will keep you mesmerized in this laugh-out loud performance. We dare you to join in the fun! TG Rivers is sponsored by Hart’s Insurance Agency and by Delaval Direct, A Division of Delaval, Inc.


Miché Fambro 

Miché is that rare performer who blends stunning guitar work, remarkable vocals and a sparking stage personality into a fantastic show. Miché has toured the U.S. and Canada with music that fuses elements of flamenco, jazz, classical, pop and soul with high energy and a light-hearted sense of humor. Look closely, and you ‘ll see that even his (upside down) guitar playing method has a style that is uniquely his own. Miché is sponsored by J.N. White Designs.


The Nimals – All New Show!

Last year’s appearance by the Nimals was a hit! This year, these colorful and realistic creatures are back with an all-new stage show. The puppets will also be part of this year’s Street Fair. While out in the hall, take a close look – creator Adam Kreutinger takes up to 40 hours to make each creature! The Nimals’ stage show is sponsored by Wegmans Geneseo, and the hallway appearance is sponsored by the Perry Shopper.


Balloon Sculptures – a new work of balloon art.

Janice Spagnola of Air Sculpture is taking on a new challenge this year. She will be crafting a bovine beauty, all out of balloons. Check back throughout the evening as her creation, sponsored by Family Furniture, takes shape.


Last Night Perry Photo Booth 

Gather your family and friends and step into the photo booth! Smile, make goofy faces, pose with a prop, laugh and have fun. Seconds later you can pick up your complimentary Last Night Perry photo strip. The photo booth is sponsored by Paddock’s Breeding Service


Balancing Workshop with AIRPLAY

Long time Last Night favorite AIRPLAY will teach an all-new workshop on how to live a balanced life.  Try balancing on a cane or a rolled newspaper, on your hand or your face, or balancing on one foot. Balance is the key to everything! This well-balanced workshop is sponsored by Country Line Electrical Distributors



These new Last Night Perry activities, all returning performances and Sports Night Perry are covered in the admission price of $5, with a $20 maximum for a family of five. Children under school age are free. Light dining is available from 5:30pm on.


Last Night Perry 2013 is produced by a committee of the Perry Rotary Club and other community members and is supported by over 60 individuals and community businesses. Last Night Perry is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.


For more information on Last Night Perry 2013, call 585-237-5375, visit Facebook or consult www.lastnightperry.com


Houghton College to Hold Free Concert

Billy T —  Thursday, October 10, 2013

HOUGHTON, NY, October 9, 2013 -The Houghton College Symphonic Winds and Philharmonia, under the direction of Justin Davis, will be performing in Wesley Chapel on Houghton College’s campus on Saturday, October 12 and Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Davis, professor of conducting and horn and interim director of instrumental activities at Houghton College said, “We are very excited to present two different joint instrumental music concerts and thrilled to have the Houghton College Choir perform during the October 25 concert as well.”

The concert on October 12 will feature music by Mozart, Bizet, Ticheli, Milhaud, Biebl and a piece by Italian composer Davide Delle Cese. Joining Davis, Jeffrey Clark, a Greatbatch School of Music graduate conducting student, will make his conducting debut with both ensembles.

“We are also thrilled to invite undergraduate student and director of the Houghton Pops Orchestra, Nathaniel Efthimiou to conduct the Philharmonia,” Davis said.

The concert on October 25is in conjunction with the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference and will feature music by Daugherty, Denham, Bate and Houghton’s own Mark Hijleh, among others. To learn more about the CFAMC National Conference, visit: www.houghton.edu/calendar-events/christian-fellowship-of-art-music-composers-national-conference/1250/

Over 120 Houghton College students participate in the Instrumental Music Program and about 45 percent are non-music majors. “We have a wonderfully diverse group of students, faculty and community players who come together across all perceived boundaries to  share the Lord’s gifts of beauty and art through the act of high-level music making,” Davis said.

Davis conducted the Symphonic Winds for the spring semester of 2013, and the Philharmonia has welcomed him as their new music director and conductor this fall. To learn more about Houghton College music ensembles visitwww.houghton.edu/music/ensembles .


Perry Chalk Art Festival This Weekend

Billy T —  Monday, July 8, 2013

Come to downtown Perry for a Saturday of fantastic food, fine art and fabulous summer fun at the seventh annual Perry Chalk Art Festival.

0On July 13th, over 50 chalk artists descend upon downtown Perry to create fine works of temporary, outdoor art. Festival-goers can also expect moving music from Kelly’s Old Timers, Creek Bend and Penny Whiskey, an opportunity to taste cuisine from fine regional restaurants, projects for kids, and delicious homegrown produce and unique gifts at the extended Farmers’ Market and Perry Public Market. The Chalk Art Festival runs from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.

Stroll downtown Perry and see professional artists shape gigantic pastel artworks on the theme “Believe it or Not”. Cheer on youth artists competing for prizes. View the three dimensional street artwork. Or be inspired yourself and add a square to the Festival’s Chalk Quilt. Get your face painted by Mugsy the Clown, create crafts with the Girl Scouts and try other fun chalk and kid activities.

Music lovers can experience live performances all day on the outdoor festival stage. Kelly’s Old Timers will have the crowd up and ready to square dance, waltz, polka, or just tap their toes and have fun. Eden bluegrass phenomenon Creek Bend will take the stage with a special blend of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, seasoned with a smattering of Cajun, country and humor. Penny Whiskey’s Celtic style will bring out the Irish in everyone.

And good news for shoppers and strollers! The combined Public and Farmers’ Markets will offer 65 vendors to peruse and visit.

Foodies can feast their eyes on fantastic chalk art and then fill their stomachs with delectable dishes at the “Taste of Summer” fine dining event from noon-3pm. Tickets are 20 for $15 pre-sale, or a dollar each at the event. For two tickets per taste, festival-goers get a sample of a succulent seasonal dish created by six regional chefs and inspired by the freshest of local ingredients. Two award-winning regional wineries and a local herbal tea maker will also be on site.

01Artists will put finishing touches on their works by 3:00pm and the 4:00 closing ceremony will feature artist and sponsor recognition and prizes.

For a complete event schedule, please refer to www.perrychalkfestival.com. If significant rainfall is forecast, the Chalk Art Festival will take place on Saturday, July 20th.

Make sure to explore other events taking place in Perry on July 13th, including the Tour de Per’-RY community bike ride.

For more information contact Meghan Hauser at (585) 237 5375.

This special event is made possible through generous contributions from the Village and Town of Perry, from the Perry Chamber of Commerce and from local businesses, volunteers and organizations. The event is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.