The Grand 2015-2016 Season Begins

Grand_draculaBY Joseph Ferlo, Director, the historic Grand Opera House

Late last month, The Grand Opera House in Downtown Oshkosh opened its new 2015-16 performance season. If you’ve been a “regular”, no doubt you noticed that this season is much larger than it’s been these past few years. In fact, it’s the largest schedule of touring events since before the “roof crisis” of 2009 caused an eighteen-month closure.

We’ve brought back a diverse series that includes some favorites from past seasons- artists you as a community have asked us to bring for a return visit. We’re also pleased to offer, as part of subscriber discounts, the offerings of our three Arts Partners- the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Oshkosh Community Players, and Hysterical Productions. We are delighted to have them call The Grand “home” and all-too-happy to put the tremendous citizen-artists of our region center-stage in our season.

There are other great collaborations- a partnership with the Madison Ballet to bring their outstanding production of DRACULA to the Valley. Connecting the University of Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble with the outstanding Big Band (Dorsey and Riddle are his usuals) singer Bryan Anthony for “Celebrating Sinatra”. Expanding a return visit by the pianist Alpin Hong to connect him with our communities in a multi-day residency.

grand_takeitwithyouAnd there’s more to come. We promised that there were more performances yet to be added, and we just announced the return of Emmy Award-winning Jeff Daniels, who happens to be an outstanding singer/songwriter/stage personality as well, coming November 20 with the Ben Daniels Band. And the popular SPIRITS OF THE GRAND tours are back to make Halloween weekend extra…interesting.

This season includes artists from England, Ireland, Canada, all across the United States, and just up the road. Whether it’s nostalgia, comedy, theatre, folk, pop, bluegrass, or dance that gets you excited about the theatre, you’ll find it on this schedule. So I hope you’ll plan to join us early, and often. Tickets will move quickly for this season and the subscriber will guarantee him or herself the best seats in the house. You need only mix-and-match five or more events to secure a discount.

We’re looking forward to a great year, and I hope you’ll be a part of that. See you at The Grand!

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