The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.

supporting the arts, culture and preservation in Medina and across Western New York.

Category: Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events of the Orleans Renaissance Group

Dine, Dance and Have Fun with the Easy Street Big Band!

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ORG is throwing a party that you won’t want to miss!

The Easy Street Big Band Dinner Dance Party!… featuring Medina and WNY’s favorite big band– Easy Street! Saturday, May 14, 2016 at The Pillars, you’ll enjoy a fabulous sit-down dinner and the phenomenal music of the Easy Street Big Band! Great music! Great food! Great times with good friends! Eat, drink and dance the night away at The Pillars with the Easy Street Big Band! Tickets are $40 single, $70 pair. Available at bentshall.org/tickets, 585-210-9674 or at the English Rose Tea Shoppe, 527 Main Street, Medina.
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An Evening with Internationally Acclaimed Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan!

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Ronan Tynan! Appearing Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Historic St. Mary’s RC Church, Medina, NY!

Irish tenor, recording artist, physician, and champion disabled athlete Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. The New York Times called him “the closest thing this country has to an official meistersinger.”

The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is both pleased and proud to be bringing this world-class performer to Western New York! The landmark concert event will be held in historic St. Mary Church, Medina– a soaring gothic space and an old Irish parish.

Ronan Tynan has performed at historic events including Ronald Reagan’s funeral and the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral. His memorable renditions of “God Bless America” have been heard at the World Series, The Belmont Stakes, and other momentous events.

Dr. Tynan has appeared in concert halls across the United States and internationally. He is a Sony recording artist who has released more than 10 titles, 4 of which have achieved platinum status. Additionally, between 1981 and 1984, Dr. Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records while participating in the Paralympics, of which he still holds nine.

Dr. Tynan has also performed for four U.S. Presidents including President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, as single soloist at the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, and for President Clinton. As well, Dr. Tynan has sung for two Popes, Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica and Pope Benedict at the Concert of Hope.

Tickets are available at bentshall.org/tickets; at 585-210-9674 and at the English Rose Tea Shoppe, 527 Main St., Medina.

Tickets on sale now!

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Canal Village Farmers’ Market 2016!

This year’s Canal Village Farmers’ Market promises to be bigger and better than last year!

2015 was the market’s inaugural year, attracting an average of 500 visitors every Saturday morning along with countless farm-fresh items and vendors! Market manager Gail Miller is working hard to bring even more products to market this season, including dairy and maple products!  Look for opening day in June… maybe a teaser opening in late May!!!
Interested in being a CVFM vendor?  Contact Gail Miller at canalvillagemarket@gmail.com, 585-798-3904 or at PO Box 543, Medina, NY

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ORG President, Chris Busch, featured in Batavia Daily News Q&A

ORG President, Chris Busch was recently interviewed by the Batavia Daily News about his role in Medina’s renaissance and the part Bent’s Opera House will play.

Read the entire interview by Jim Krencik here: Q&A- Medina Native Helping Lead Hometown Renaissance.55a33fef03899.image

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GCC Administrators and Staff Tour Bent’s Opera House

Tuesday, June 30, administration and staff from the Medina and Albion GCC Campus Centers met and toured Bent’s Opera House.  The tour was conducted by ORG President, Chris Busch.

James Simon, Dean of the Medina Campus said, “We wanted to thank you for your incredibly informative tour of Bent’s Hall yesterday. What a magnificent edifice! Your encyclopedic knowledge of the who’s who of Bent’s Hall as well as the greater Medina area was enlightening, ‘electrifying’, occasionally scary J, but all-the-while refreshing. We truly appreciate you taking time out of your day!

We look forward to working with the Orleans Renaissance Group as a stalwart community partner going forward.”

ORG is grateful for the continued support of GCC and also looks forward to collaborating in the future!

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Medina Marker Commemorates Frederick Douglass Speeches

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The Frederick Douglass Historic Marker Initiative– a Medina project launched by the Orleans Renaissance Group, January 2015 is nearing completion.  The project will feature a two-sided NYS Historic Marker commemorating two occasions when Frederick Douglass spoke in Medina.

Douglass visited Medina and many places throughout Orleans County during his life.  The two instances commemorated on the marker are an 1849 appearance at the Methodist Episcopal Church which stood on Main Street until 1874. 

The second side of the marker commemorates an important gathering of African-Americans in August of 1869, celebrating Emancipation.  The gathering was widely publicized and attracted attendees from across New York State.  At that event, Douglass delivered a speech entitled “We are not yet quite free”– a speech that became widely known and today continues to be referenced in books, publications and scholarly works.   

Chris Busch, ORG President and coordinator of the project, says the marker commemorates Medina’s support of abolition and emancipation.   

“The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. along with all the donors and supporters believe that these moments in Medina history are of the greatest import and must be preserved for all generations to come.” said Busch. “Aside from President Lincoln, Frederick Douglass stands as the most significant and consequential figure in the 19th century who routinely placed his life in danger in the cause of freedom and justice. The fact that the Village of Medina and Douglass are intertwined in that great struggle is a tremendous point of pride and should stand as an inspiration to current and future generations.”

The sign is being cast by Catskill Castings, a foundry in Bloomville, NY. 

“Like so many projects before, this project wouldn’t have been possible without generous support from the community,” said Busch. “Again, folks immediately recognized the importance of commemorating Douglass in Medina and responded swiftly to see it done.” 

The cost of the project was nearly $1800.  The donor/sponsors are as follows:

Hon. James P. Punch

Christopher & Cynthia Busch

William Hungerford

Gabrielle & Andina Barone in memory of Vincent D. Cardone

Medina Sandstone Society

David & Gail Miller

Anonymous

Wilson Southworth

Nunzio T. Maiorana

Katherine K. Bogan, Esq.

Mark B. Kruzynski

ORG is working to have the marker in place by Friday, April 24 for an unveiling to coincide with the Education Day segment of the GCC Civil War initiative. ORG is currently working with Derek Maxfield, Asst. Professor of History and James Simon, GCC Medina Campus Dean, along with Nicole Goyette and representatives from the Medina Central Schools in an attempt to secure a nationally renowned Frederick Douglass reenactor for the event.

This project recently received national exposure, appearing in major newspapers around the nation via Associated Press.

Links:

Batavia Daily News: Medina Commemorates Frederick Douglass Speeches

Orleans Hub: ORG wants historic marker in Medina downtown for leading abolitionist

Washington Times: Marker Commemorates Frederick Douglass Speeches

Houston Chronicle: Marker Commemorates Frederick Douglass Speeches

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ORG Concert Event: Anonymous 4 Performs in Medina

The Orleans Renaissance Group hosted world renowned A Capella artists, Anonymous 4, Thursday, April 4th, 2013, in historic  St. Mary’s RC Church in Medina, New York

Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound.  Over 500 attended the world-class concert event, witnessing the internationally acclaimed quartet perform Marie & Marion: Motets & Songs from the Montpellier Codex.  (The Buffalo News: Anonymous 4 in Medina)

The ensemble has performed as a part of many major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances at Tanglewood, Wolftrap, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and the Brisbane Biennial. Enchanted both by their live performances and by their eighteen recordings of medieval, contemporary, and American music, Anonymous 4’s listeners have bought nearly two million copies of the group’s albums on the harmonia mundi label.

According to Amazon.com, Anonymous 4’s recordings for harmonia mundi USA have received numerous accolades including France’s prestigious Diapason d’Or, Classic CD’s Disc of the Year, Classic FM’s Early Music Recording of the Year, several Gramophone Editor’s Choice awards, Italy’s Antonio Vivaldi Award, and Le Monde de la Musique’s Choc award.

The group’s 2004 release, American Angels, spent 76 weeks on Billboard’s Top Classical Chart and received a perfect 10/10 from ClassicsToday.com. Their 2005 release, The Origin of Fire was named in Amazon.com’s Top 25 Classical CDs for 2005. For two consecutive years (2004 and 2005), Anonymous 4 was voted one of Billboard’s Top Classical Artists of the Year.

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