Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Opera Cowpokes Alive!
August 3, 4, 5, 2013
Presented by Triphammer Arts Inc. at the CRS Barn Studio

The CRS Barn Studio proudly presents Opera Cowpokes Alive! Saturday through Monday, August 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30pm at the CRS Barn Studio 2622 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca. Last presented in the summer of 2007, this family and cult favorite returns to its beautiful home setting, on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake, 1.5 miles north of The Shops at Ithaca Mall. In case of rain, the performance will be held indoors at the same location.  Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and will be available at the door.

Opera Cowpokes Alive! features opera stars performing western and country/western songs, favorite opera choruses with newly crafted lyrics, and traditional folk tunes with a timely twist. You'll enjoy melodies from Grand Opera to Grand Ol' Opry, as new songs and new dances join perennial favorites like “Cool Water” and “Ragtime Cowboy Joe.” Producers Steven Stull and Jeanne Goddard break down the barriers between "classical" and "popular" performance and bring together an impressive collection of musicians and dancers from both worlds in Opera Cowpokes Alive!.

The nationally and internationally known cast of soloists includes Steven Stull, Carl Johengen, John Rozzoni, George Cordes, Todd Thomas, and Rich Crawley. The Opera Cowpokes Orchestra is led by Peter Chwazik on bass, with John White on piano, Joe Davoli and Max Buckholtz on fiddle, and Dana Paul on guitar. Jeanne Goddard creates the cowgirl choreography and leads the ensemble of dancers.

” Here’s what past audiences have said about Opera Cowpokes Alive!:
    "You blew my socks off - boots and all!" 
    "We had a rip-roarin', dirt-kickin' time!"
    "I've never considered myself either a country or a western fan, but was mighty taken by [your] renditions...."

So, grab your boots and hang on to your hat, Lucia di Lammermoor meets Lucille in Opera Cowpokes Alive!

Opera Cowpokes Alive!
photo: Dewey Neild


Steve sings the role of the Badger in
Wind in the Willows
Friday, July 19, 7:00 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 seniors, $5 students, $20 family (available at the door or email tickets@societyfornewmusic.org to reserve)

Staged original musical by regional composers Dianne Adams McDowell and Jim McDowell featuring professionals alongside gifted young artists in supporting roles, with a chamber ensemble of Society All-Stars.

"betwitching experience" "a huge delight" "fresh breeze in family entertainment"

For more info visit:  http://www.societyfornewmusic.org/concerts.cfm

See you soon!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah

Sunday December 9, 2012 - 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca,
315 North Cayuga Street  Ithaca, NY 14850

Lanfranco Marcelletti leads the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble.

This year's soloists are:
Ivy Walz (Hansel in the CRS Barn Production of Hansel and Gretel),
Steven Stull,
Robert Allen (an Opera Cowpoke)
Amanda DeMaris  (Papagena in the CRS Barn production of The Magic Flute).

Tickets are available at the Ticket Center in Center Ithaca, or by calling 607.273.4497.

More information at: http://ccoithaca.org/

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hansel and Gretel

"Nibble, nibble, mousie, who's nibbling at my housie?" Does this familiar question conjure up images of a delicious, candy-covered house...and the evil witch who lurks inside? Revisit this classic story in a lively new one-hour production of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" at the CRS Barn Studio, 2622 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11 at 7:00pm and Sunday, August 12 at 4:00pm. Ticket prices are $5.00 for children and $10.00 for adults.

This beloved opera recounts the tale of two small children who get lost in the woods, find a magical gingerbread house, and conquer an evil witch to set their friends free and reunite with their parents. The CRS Barn Studio's updated  and compact adaptation is beautifully sung, in a new translation by Gary Race, and action packed, with colorful sets and beautiful dancing. This professional production, perfect for families and children, is directed by Steve Stull and choreographed by Jeanne Goddard, and features favorite Ithaca singers Ivy Walz as Hansel, Rebecca Leistikow as Gretel, Erica Steinhagen as the witch, and Steven Stull as the father. Carli Mazich-Addice is the Sand Man and Lynn Craver is the Dew Fairy. Performances take place outdoors in fine weather, indoors in case of rain.

For more information email Steve or Jeanne at

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mozart C minor Mass with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra

Join us for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra's season finale
led by music director Lanfranco Marcelletti

Saturday, May 12, 2012 / 8:00 PM
Ford Hall, Ithaca College
Benefit Auction begins at 6:45 PM

PROTO: A Carmen Fantasy for Bass and Orchestra
Samuel Shuhan, bass
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33
Marza Wilks, cello
MOZART: Mass in C Minor, K 417a (427) "Grosse Messe"
UNYC (Janet Galván, director)

 with soloists Ivy Walz, Deborah Montgomery, Robert Allen, and Steven Stull