Nazareth College Opera Workshop presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Witches and magic gingerbread houses are brought to life in this rendition of the Grimm brothers’ classic fairytale. The story follows siblings Hansel and Gretel as they find a gingerbread house and table laid with scrumptious sweets in the woods. But they soon find out nothing is as it seems. Emily Cuk, an Eastman School of Music graduate, directs, and Nazareth’s Kevin Nitsch and Nancy Strelau provide music direction. Shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Beston Hall in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center. Additional performance at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1 at The Lyric Theatre. naz.edu
Golden Link Folk Singing Society Inc. is hosting a January Jamboree, a mini-festival with a harmony singing workshop and a sing-around/jam session featuring two regional favorites: The Cadleys and The Brothers Blue.
The Cadleys are a bluegrass/Americana band based in Syracuse. They perform everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics to innovative acoustic covers and original tunes.
The voices of John Cadley (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Cathy Cadley (vocals, guitar and banjo) blend in seamless harmony, and the duo follows the tradition of great male/female pairs like Ian & Sylvia, George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Joining the Cadleys are veteran bassist John Dancks and virtuoso Perry Cleaveland on mandolin and vocals.
The Brothers Blue (pictured) are rooted in the fertile tradition of old-time fiddle music, but they’ve grown a sound all their own. They offer a hybrid, which unites fresh, original songwriting with elements of country, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish music. Ben Haravitch is on banjo, guitar and bass; Matthew Sperber plays guitar and bass; and Charlie Coughlin plays the fiddle and mandolin. The Brothers Blue won Golden Link’s 2015 New Voices Emerging Artists Showcase.
The harmony singing workshop with The Brothers Blue begins at 3 p.m. and the sing-around/jam session starts at 5 p.m. There will be a chili supper from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Rochester Christian Reformed Church. goldenlink.org
Finger Lakes Community College’s George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum speaker series closes out its ninth season with Forrest Pritchard, who will give a talk titled “Sustainable Agriculture: Gaining Ground and Growing Tomorrow.”
Pritchard is a seventh-generation farmer who wrote a New York Times bestselling novel about his transformation to organic and sustainable operations.
So far he has authored three books. The first, “Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm,” made the New York Times Bestseller list and was named a top read by Publishers Weekly. His second book, “Growing Tomorrow,” offered a behind-the-scenes visit with 18 sustainable farmers from across the country. His latest book, “Start Your Farm,” was co-written with Ellen Polishuk.
“People often say that local, organic food is expensive, but never take the time to understand why conventional food is so cheap,” says Pritchard. “From New York family dairy farms, to our food system at large, we’re learning how our food choices have major consequences. We’ll discuss how local food impacts us all, and how to enact positive change.”
Pritchard grew up in the Shenandoah Valley on his grandparent’s diversified farm. He took over the farm in the mid-1990s after graduating from college. At the time, he was primarily growing genetically modified corn and soybeans. When five tractor-trailer loads of grain only reaped a check of $18.16, he knew it was time to change course. That’s when he decided to devote himself to organic and sustainable production, raising free-range cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens.
Lori Vail, assistant professor of English at FLCC, will moderate the talk. She grew up in a small, rural community in Texas and spent many years on a cattle ranch.
4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Student Center Auditorium. gmeforum.org