The Newberry Opera House announces its 10th season of bringing the stars to South Carolina

September 8, 2007

August 20, 2007 – NEWBERRY, SC – The Newberry Opera House announces its 10th season with some 100 performances for the 2007-2008 calendar.

Highlights include a sneak preview of Ken Burns The War, Ed McMahon with Memories from the Tonight Show and a life in Show Business, the fabulous story ballet Sleeping Beauty with full orchestra accompaniment, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Madame Butterfly with the Italian Lyric Opera, Ralph Stanley, the Mantovani Orchestra, Julius Caesar with the Aquila Company, the Oak Ridge Boys, The Chamber Orchestra of the Kremlin, Billy Joe Royal and BJ Thomas, BellyDance Superstars, I Love a Piano, Doc Watson, FireFall, Jay and the Americans, Peter Yarrow and a whole slew of Tenors!

The annual meeting of the South Carolina Arts Commission kicks off September with the South Carolina Humanities Conference meeting in Newberry from Sept. 13–15. On Sunday Sept 9, the Opera House Guild will present a fall fashion show at Steven W’s. The Humanities Conference is marked by a special sneak preview of Ken Burns’ newest 13-hour long epic, The War. The Newberry preview of the WWII Chronicle will only last about 2 hours!

On September 12 a fabulous Quartet of Broadway singers with piano accompaniment will present the Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber. John Janet and Jazz, the Opera House traditional season opener with follow on Saturday night the 15th. The Christian comedy tour, Apostles of Comedy, follows, with pianist Pawel Checinski performing an all-Chopin Concert and Rodney Crowell and his Trailer Trash in the Living Room tour rounding out September.

Ed McMahon, the Scottish Battlefield Band, Mary Wilson formerly of the Supremes, the legendary jazz singer Diane Shuur, the phenomenal Czech Talich String Quartet, the topical improv group Chicago City Limits, the gospel group and NASCAR favorite Cross Country, the music of John Denver, Elvis with Eddie Miles, The Oak Ridge boys, BellyDance Superstars are highlights of October, which also includes a traditional Oktoberfest on Saturday the 6th.

Maureen McGovern, with glamour, an incredible voice and There’s Got to be a Morning After begins November at the Opera House. It’s a month featuring Edwin McCain, the 70’s group Firefall, Cowboy Movies, the Harry James Orchestra, the Georgian State National Dance Company, and the amazing musical BEEHIVE, featuring 8 wailing women, 45 wigs, 40 costumes, 25 cans of Hairspray and over 40 of the great girl group hits of the 60’s.

For a great hometown Christmas celebrate the holiday in Newberry. Join the Mastersingers, the Lettermen, Roy Clark, Billy Joe Royal and BJ Thomas, Emile Pandolfi, Irish Tenors and army bands. With fabulous dining and great shopping, Newberry is a must in anyone’s Christmas plans! You can even ride your Harley to Newberry for the benefit of Boys Farm on Saturday the 8th of December.

For a traditional New Year’s Eve, with black ties, fireworks, delectable food and fun music with the Dick Goodwin Orchestra, the Opera House is the place to be!

The new year will feature some 50 shows including the Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Creole Jazz Serenaders, the Salzburg Ensemble, the Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, a Gershwin Celebration, Momix, Hubbard Street 2, Ronnie McDowell, Junior Brown, The Temptations, Preservation Hall, Little Women, the musical, the RedNeck Tenors, Freda Payne in a salute to Ella Fitzgerald, Momix, James Gregory, Steve Tyrell, Count Basie, Marty Stuart and the ballet, Carmen with the St. Petersburg Ballet.

There’s something for everyone at the Opera House, an eclectic season featuring some of some of America’s finest artists. Rock, Country, Comedy, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Broadway, Bluegrass and tenors ranging from Irish to Redneck!

For tickets, information and to join our mailing list and receive the Opera House new season brochure please call the Box Office at 803-276-6264 or visit online at Come to Newberry and share the excitement!

For further information please contact Deborah Smith (803-276-5179) [email protected]