NYS ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TOURS THE OPERA HOUSE
On Monday, August 7, NYS Assemblymember Monica Wallace welcomed Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie to her district, and, with Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, toured the Lancaster Opera House. Artistic/Executive Director David Bondrow led the tour, pointing out architectural features and sharing details of the programming planned for the upcoming season. "The arts are for everyone," Bondrow noted. "The Lancaster Opera House brings people together in many ways." In addition to an extensive lineup of plays, musicals, and concerts, LOH will partner this fall with the UB Sociology Department to host a free film series on issues related to current societal struggles, with the aim of fostering a dialogue within the community on ways to work together. Bondrow also noted that LOH builds a connection across the state. This season's artist-in-residence, Director/Choreographer Merete Muenter, grew up in Amherst, now has a successful career in NYC, and will be returning to the area this season. Two guest artists who appeared at LOH in past seasons have married and relocated to the area. The Lancaster Opera House is honored to receive funding from Erie County and The New York State Council on the Arts.
LANCASTER OPERA HOUSE WINS AWARD FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
On June 27, 2017, The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce presented their Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award to David Bondrow, Artistic/Executive Director of the Lancaster Opera House. The Lancaster Opera House brings 30,000 guests to the Village of Lancaster through its diverse programming of musicals, plays, concerts, children's shows, and special events, also providing opportunities for more than 300 local and regional artists (actors, musicians, directors, designers, and technicians).
The Chamber of Commerce played an important role in helping advocate for an increase in Erie County funding through a message of support from Mr. John Chmarney, Executive Director of the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce:
"Over the past 18 months, and, more importantly, into the future, the Lancaster Opera House is at the heart of business development and the rediscovery of our Lancaster Village. At least two growing businesses have decided to stay in the village and eleven new businesses have opened. The Opera House will continue to be the focus of our 'Rediscover the Lancaster Village' theme as we work to build our hospitality and tourism business. The Opera House provides not only a historical site, but also a high quality entertainment venue that's critical to the growth of this industry. We need to invest in the Lancaster Opera House as we work to build Lancaster and Erie County into a regional and perhaps national tourist stop."