Author Archives: Dominic Cattero

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The arts continue!

I have been asked, “How can the arts go on right now? Aren’t the arts better live and in-person?”  This is a difficult series of questions, as the arts are definitely a communal experience between people within a society.  And this experience has powerful effects when done by a group of people together in the same space.  Think of the time you were left in awe by the visual sculpture you saw created by a student or the effect of a musical solo in a crowded theatre or the laugh of a huge crowd to improvised satire.  These all have strong and immediate effects on groups of people experiencing a unique human expression in the same time and space.  However, in the absence of this as an in-person possibility, the maintaining of artistic exposure and creation remains paramount to the human experience, especially now.  That is what YOUR BFAC has been, and is, dedicated to, as we find ourselves halfway through this pandemic.  We have brought our community the arts through a new medium of “LIVE” experience, under the guise of our new “BFAC on air” streaming service found on our website.

Through the past months, we have brought you your favorite local student events, from plays to National Art Honors Society induction to the beloved Kaleidoscope Concert.  Our streaming has also broken state lines, bringing the area artists from around the country.  

Our two month FREE streaming season was a hit.  The effect of streaming the arts right now is best put in the words of one of our patrons, “My mom and I both enjoyed the free series event. We would text each other what snacks we had from the ‘concession stand’ and then text during the concert as if we were seated together. We both had come to look forward to our Thursday night concerts together while still remotely apart.  I am very grateful to Batavia Fine Art Centre for the several weeks of fun.”  This uniting of people is what the arts do, whether in-person or virtual.  This is the power the arts have in life.  This is what BFAC on air will continue to do until we are in-person once again.

In the coming months, you can expect even more virtual music concerts from students of all ages, the high school musical filmed in the style of a motion picture, a Rock the Runway performance like none we have produced before, live-streamed theatrical improvisation as well as additional performances from around the country.

So, yes, the arts are definitely best when we can experience them together as a community, but what supersedes the ability to experience the arts in the same space and time, is the mandate we have as human beings to create and experience art, especially in these times.  I think the biggest joy in my career is taking place right now, and that is keeping young artists engaged and creating art.  They are the musicians, painters, filmmakers, and actors of the future.  You know what though? … They are also the biomedical engineers, teachers, and creative thinkers who will bring us through future crises.  

A pandemic can not stop the arts, it has only made us more determined to find ways to bring the arts to life.  So, “How can the arts go on right now?” … I ask you … How can they be stopped?

Dominic A. Cattero – BFAC Manager

 


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“That Golden Girls Show” – COVID-19 Update

I write to you today with some news regarding your tickets to “That Golden Girls Show”. At this time in our pandemic, the ability for the artist to keep the tour performing is not within their realm of capabilities.  Even with our state restrictions, we attempted to bring them here with the intention of presenting a live stream interactive event exclusively for our patrons.  Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate this live stream option and have subsequently canceled the tour.   We are aware of the disappointment this brings as we remain in this extended intermission.  We know many of you have been viewing our streamed events and we hope you will all join us virtually until this intermission ends, at which time we may gather and celebrate the arts together.

Our goal for upcoming performances will be to provide you with updates, as it relates to COVID-19 and the status of performances, three weeks prior to any event.

If you did not receive an email on January 12, 2021 and you believe you should have, please contact us here for information regarding your three options.

Please note: Action is needed to provide you with the best accommodation for your situation.

Thanks for your understanding and STAY well!


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Holiday Streaming Performances Announced!

b2wins – HOME TOGETHER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

LIVE – DECEMBER 18 & 19, 2020

Fun-loving twin brothers provide a one-of-a-kind spin on holiday classics in this holiday live concert event designed to take away all your 2020 worries.  Classically trained violinists turned pop music enthusiasts, b2wins take you on an unforgettable journey with outside the box renditions of iconic seasonal songs. This exclusive, interactive live-stream concert is fun for the whole family and allows YOU to be part of the show with sing-alongs, games, prizes, requests, and lots of holiday surprises.

Perfect for the entire family this fun night is truly live and streamed to you in your home as the performers fill your heart, spirits, and ears with the sounds of the season.  

Price: $12.00 per device!  That’s right, per device – not person.  The entire family can watch for one price.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!


 

THE HOME … for the holidays

VIDEO ON DEMAND – DECEMBER 4-24, 2020

From the executive producer and multi-Tony, Emmy, and Olivier winner Jim Kierstead, producer of ‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Hades Town’ comes a new uproarious musical comedy.  Christmas and retirement will never be the same in this all-new, hilarious holiday musical, “The Home … for the Holidays”.  From the franchise Assisted Living: The Musical®, this new musical is a runaway hit.  The Home is a fun-filled, 85-minute holiday romp with 18 of the eccentrics who populate Pelican Roost, the party school of retirement communities.  You’ll never think of the Little Drummer Boy the same.  Just what we need this holiday season, there are no sad songs, so whether you spin a dreidel, sing a carol, beat a Kwanza drum, or howl at the solstice moon … The HOME is where the fun is.

The production features a 7-piece band and was taped before a live audience on November 7th. 

This performance is a video on demand.  Purchase and watch on your own schedule between now and December 24, 2020, at midnight.  Video on demand available for 24 hours from the time of purchase.

“LIVELY AND WICKEDLY FUNNY.” 

“YOU’LL LAUGH YOUR HEAD OFF.”

Price: $17.00 per device!  That’s right, per device – not person.  

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!


The Fox Valley Nutcracker

DECEMBER 20 – 24, 2020

You have come to make the Fox Valley Nutcracker a family tradition, not even COVID-19 will stop that. Fox Valley Ballet is very proud to stream The Fox Valley Nutcracker directly to your home. This holiday tradition showcases students and families from local dance studios alongside professional dancers, in the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. Featuring beautiful dance, lavish sets, festive costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s magical score.  Spend part of your holiday season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker. This performance will be offered FREE

Viewing information coming soon!


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FREE STREAMING SEASON

UNTIL WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN … WATCH FROM HOME

During the COVID crisis, the Batavia Fine Arts Centre is striving to give back to patrons for their support in the past and to give everyone entertainment to look forward to.  Therefore, we are delighted to bring you an eight-week STREAMING SEASON of 10 programs from major artists to enjoy from the comfort of your home. We are pleased to do this all at NO charge to you. These programs have been curated for you by us and are filmed during performances around the world.  

Streaming will be viewed on our website.

Soon we will be able to entertain you in person, but until this intermission is over, be strong, be safe, be entertained!

STREAMING SEASON SCHEDULE

DECEMBER 3 @ 7:30 PM – The Bronx Wanderers

DECEMBER 10 @ 7:30 PM – The Sharpe Family Singers

DECEMBER 16 @ 7:30 PM – The Hit Men

DECEMBER 17 @ 7:30 PM – The Great Dubois: Masters of Variety

DECEMBER 30 @7:30 PM – Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

JANUARY 1 @ 7:30 PM – The Greatest Piano Men

JANUARY 7 @ 7:30 PM – Sinatra Forever

JANUARY 14 @ 7:30 PM – One Night in Memphis

JANUARY 21 @ 7:30 PM – Naturally 7

JANUARY 28 @7:30 PM – So Good: The Neil Diamond Experience

Read more about each show here.


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LIVE STREAM

We are all used to being able to entertain and communicate for and with our patrons and clients.  That is making this prolonged intermission even more isolating.  We

want to be able to share art, theatre, music, and dance, and the way we can do that has abruptly changed.  I specifically use the word changed instead of stopped, because we CAN still do things differently.

 

In an age where you need to remain engaged, communicate, and be entertained; the Batavia Fine Arts Centre intends to continue being that gathering hub.  With the newest addition to the BFAC’s technology being a state of the art 5 camera live stream system, there is no need to cancel events when you can stream them.  In fact, be sure to look for the many school events you enjoy to change locations from BFAC, to wherever you are via streaming.  Need a solution for your small performance, meeting, speaker, or collaboration?  The possibilities for you are endless with the BFAC’s new streaming system.

We can stream to a combination of the following platforms…
* Your website
* Your Facebook page
* Your YouTube channel
You may
* Host free events
* Charge to view your stream
To stream, you can …
*Go LIVE from BFAC.
*Record at BFAC and stream later.
*Send us your recording and use our programmable streaming system to stream to multiple platforms at the same time.
Tired of things getting canceled?  Think differently!  Think creatively!  Think STREAMING!

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Plans for moving through the COVID Intermission!

Dear Patrons, Artists, and Renters

May I first start out by saying how I miss talking with you, collaborating with you, and bringing the arts to life for and with you!  With that being said, the Batavia Fine Arts Centre has information to share regarding the remainder of the 2019-20 year and the 2020-21 year.  Please know all of our planning first takes one thing into account – and only one thing!  The safety of our patrons, artists, and renters.

Below you will find a breakdown of types of events and the updates we currently have.  We can not wait to entertain you and bring the arts to life with and for you!

Rentals

All rentals through July 12, 2020, have been postponed or canceled with a rolling window into the future.  State clearance for public assembly will need to be granted 21 days prior to any rental event date in order for the rental to continue as planned.  We will continue to operate on this rolling window for the foreseeable future.  You may view the most up to date event status list here.  Should you need further information we recommend you contact the presenting company.

2019-20 Touring Season

Carole’s Kings and Forever Young will both be postponed!  We are overjoyed that we are able to postpone and NOT cancel these events!  All of the artists involved in these productions are able to make future accommodations to perform for you all!

Carole’s Kings New date – April 22, 2021
Forever Young – New date – March 25, 2021

Should you have tickets to either one of these performances, there is no action needed by you.  All tickets are rolled to the new performance and will be valid when you arrive on the new date.  The following ticketing policy discusses that information, so you are covered! You don’t need to do anything but arrive and enjoy!
  • Performances subject to change.  If a show is replaced with another performance a patron’s ticket will be honored for the like replacement performance.  If a show has a date change the patron’s ticket will be honored on the new date.

2020-21 Touring Season

The touring season we were expecting to announce on March 15, 2020, has undergone changes, and we are excited that we will be making a season announcement VERY soon!  The upcoming season will be filled with laughs because that’s what we all need!  The largest change to the season is regarding the number of shows and start date of the season.  Instead of 6-7 shows starting in September of 2020, we will have an abbreviated season of 4 shows starting in February of 2021.  This season will be announced VERY shortly!

A note regarding the 2021 season:  All performance dates are subject to change.  Should a performance incur a date change the patron’s ticket will be honored on the new performance date.  We are also very pleased to offer a temporary addition to our ticketing policy!  For more information please see below!

PEACE OF MIND TICKET POLICY

During these times we have made adjustments to our normal ticketing policy.  Any tickets purchased between now and October 1, 2020, automatically carry the added PEACE OF MIND ticket policy!

Patrons with season tickets of any level may receive a FULL refund at any time up to one week prior to the performance date for any reason.
OR
A credit in the form of a gift certificate up to 24 hours prior to a performance for any reason.

Patrons with individual tickets may receive a credit in the form of a gift certificate at any time up to one week prior to a performance.

This temporarily replaces the “No Refunds” policy for tickets purchased prior to October 1, 2020.  What does this mean?  It means the money you spend on a ticket purchase is protected!  NO dollar of yours will ever go to waste!  Season ticket holders may request a refund for a show or the entire season should they not feel comfortable attending or due to a performance date that has changed, or any other reason you mind can conjure.  Individual ticket buyers may receive a gift certificate for 100% of the ticket purchase price.

Should you have any questions or special circumstances that you need to discuss with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We understand these are unique times and we intend to deal with them in unique and creative ways.  Thank you for all the time you have spent with us in the past and we can’t wait to see you again after this intermission!

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A Message from BFAC Manager.

Hello, friends in the arts.

I wanted to reach out in these times.  I feel in the arts we have a special bond.  Whether our relationship is that of patron, student, artist, or appreciator of the arts, we typically have many interactions in a year, month, week, or even day.  Just as is the case with many of the interactions we are missing, I too am missing our very valued interactions of artistic creation, appreciation, and growing as a community through the arts.
I know these times can feel isolating.  I want to encourage everyone to use the arts at this time.  There is still time to be inspired by reading or relieve your emotions through painting or explore our thoughts and communities through creation.  No matter how you isolate, you can isolate WITH the arts.  The arts are vital to our communities and ourselves every day of the year, but they are even more vital at times like this.  So yes, are we missing seeing a live play, being moved by a painting or sculpture, immersing ourselves in the sound of live music which can move us like nothing else.  Yes, yes we are.  But, I can’t wait to see all the creations that come out of this time.  The sculptures, the plays, the poems, the music, the books.  The stories of our humanity.  For generations to come these creations will say who we are today as a community.  And based on what I am seeing, so many of these creations are going to be of hope, resilience, and of a society growing.
If you’re an artist – create.
If you’re an appreciator – immerse.
If you’re anyone – stay hopeful.
All intermissions come to an end.
All sizuras stop.
All negative space has positive space.
Stay well, and I can’t wait to share in the arts with you once again!
Dominic A. Cattero

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Small Town, Big Names!

Since Batavia is considered a small town, it seems unique to have incredible people perform in our facility. We love the priceless looks people give when we unveil the big names appearing in our upcoming touring seasons! We strive to provide an enchanting experience that starts way before you purchase your tickets.

We’ve had the privilege of working with icons such as the Osmond Brothers, Molly Ringwald, Ryan Stiles,  Colin Mochrie, Venessa Bayer from Saturday Night Live, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Tony Danza, Ed Asner, Jim Brickman, Jane Lynch and more. In fact, we will have had our 58th national touring show at the end of the 2019/2020 season!

You may ask how we get so many amazing people to make an appearance at the BFAC, the key is timing and connections. It’s estimated that the scheduling and planning for a touring show begin over a year before you enter the theatre to enjoy it! Some shows have been in the planning for years, just waiting for the right routing to get the show to our patrons. We have some incredible staff members working around the clock to reach out to the performers, making sure that they have all of the necessary technical and hospitable requirements to run such productions. We would love to have you stop by and see the shows we work so hard to present!


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New Upgrades!

With a breathtaking 47’ wide mainstage, a completely customizable black box theatre, a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and some of the best staff on the planet, it’s not hard to see the Batavia Fine Arts Centre has it all. We’ve recently received some amazing upgrades that were only possible because of the loyal patrons and renters that we are proud to have with us!
A director’s story is told by all sorts of equipment, that includes performers, stage crew, and other technical advancements. Onstage, we HAVE all sorts of new equipment. Recently, we were able to install six innovative moving wash lights in addition to our previous ten! Not only will this allow for new and creative lighting effects, but they will also be able to be incorporated into any event that renters would like! You may also hear the roar of the two newly installed EAW RSX218 dual subwoofers which can achieve pitches as low as 27 HZ. This will improve the overall sound quality throughout the theatre and allow for a much better listening experience! We plan to add more in the future as well. Joe Anderson, the Technical Director for the BFAC, states “These new upgrades will ensure an elevated user experience!”
We strive to provide the latest and greatest in guest interaction. With the five monitors scattered in convenient locations throughout the BFAC, you will be able to watch the performance from the lobby or vestibule despite anything that may prohibit you to enter the performance area. Dominic Cattero, The Front of House manager for the BFAC, when asked about the upgrades, states “I’m thrilled at the improvements that we are able to provide to those who utilize our space as well as those who experience the arts from the audience”. We would love to have you stop by and see what the hype is all about!


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