The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is making further use of their capacity to show programming in high definition.
Now, visual arts exhibitions can be shown from the great museums around the world, making it possible to see paintings and other art works in exquisite detail, along with extensive research into the exhibit, the host museum, and related information.
The first of these will be shown on April 11 at 7:30 p.m., and will feature an exhibit of paintings by Edouard Manet, which are being shown at England's Royal Academy of Arts. So far, additional exhibits, one from Norway on the work of Edvard Munch, and one from London featuring the paintings of Vermeer are scheduled, for later in the year.
April 10 through May 19, the professional theater company MusicalFare will present a production of the music of George Gershwin. Titled ''Swonderful: The New Gershwin Musical,'' the show includes such standards as ''Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,'' ''I've Got Rhythm,'' and ''Someone to Watch Over Me.''
Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., plus matinees on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The company performs in its own venue, on the campus of Daemen College, in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst. There is plenty of free parking, in a paved, well-lighted lot.
Tickets are $39 to all performances. Reserve them by phoning 839-8540 or by going to their website at www.musicalfare.com. The theater is handicapped accessible and hearing assistance is available for those who want it.
The Canadian Opera Company has three glorious productions on the verge of opening, at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Center, in Toronto, at the intersection of Queen Street and University Avenue.
Bellini's ''Lucia di Lammermoor'' will open April 17, and will be performed April 20, 26 and 30, plus May 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24.
''Salome,'' with music by Richard Strauss, based on the dramatization of the story from the Bible, by Oscar Wilde, will open April 21 and also be performed April 27 and May 1, 4, 7, 10, 16 and 22. Famed director Atom Egoyan is in charge of this production.
''Dialogues des Carmelites'' will debut May 8, with additional performances May 11, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25.
Tickets range in price from $12 to $325, in Canadian funds. For complete details, go to the company's website at www.coc.ca, or phone 416-363-8231.
What is turning out to be the runaway bestseller in the 2013 season at the Stratford Festival, in nearby Ontario, is the play ''Mary Stuart,'' by Friedrich Schiller. The play imagines a face-to-face encounter between Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin, Elizabeth I of England. The two women rulers schemed and plotted against one another throughout most of their lives, and one eventually succeeded in killing the other.
The production highlights bravura performances by two of Stratford's regular prominent actors: Lucy Peacock and Seana McKenna. The production has been so eagerly sought by ticket buyers that two additional performances have been added, to those which have previously been scheduled in printed materials. Those will be Aug. 27 and Sept. 20.
To purchase tickets to any of Stratford's 2013 offerings, phone 800-567-1600 or go to their website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.
Buffalo's beautiful Burchfield Penney Arts Center will offer a series of events to arts lovers, in mid-April.
On April 12 will be a celebration for five new exhibits opening in the gallery, between 1 and 8 p.m. Also on that date, between 8 and 10 p.m., enjoy a performance by A Musical Feast, a Buffalo organization which seeks to blend classical with contemporary music.
On April 13, from 1-5 p.m., participate in a celebration of the newly-opened bike path, along Elmwood Avenue. Also, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., attend a performance by LehrerDance. Also, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., see a screening of the film ''Screening'' featuring artist Paul Sharits.
April 14, the gallery is sponsoring a lecture and bus tour of sites in the Buffalo area where Charles Burchfield lived and painted.
For additional information about any of these activities or to learn if there is an admission charge and to reserve tickets, phone 878-3156 or check on their website at www.BurchfieldPenney.org.
The University at Buffalo will present four performances by their famed dance ensemble Zodiaque, April 19-21. Performances will take place in the Black Box Theater, in the Center for the Arts, on the university's North Campus.
Tickets are $20 for the general public, and $10 for senior citizens and students. Reserve them by phoning 888-223-6000 or on computer at www.ubcfa.org.
Also at the Center for the Arts, recording artist Boz Scaggs and his band will perform on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $37 to $67. Use the contact information above.
Shea's Performing Arts Center, in Buffalo will hold an elaborate dinner/gala on April 27. Start with a gourmet dinner on the stage of Shea's, then progress down the street to 710 Main St., the former Studio Arena Theatre, for a performance of ''The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.'' There will also be performances of the Arlen show without the dinner, on April 26, and at 2 p.m. on April 27.
Arlen was the Buffalo-born composer who created the score to the famed film ''The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,'' along with a large number of popular songs, including ''Stormy Weather'' and ''Paper Moon.'' Featured performer in the show will be SUNY Fredonia grad Marcus Goldhaber.
Tickets to the show alone will be $40. Attendance at the gala will be $500 per couple and $3,500 for a table for 10.
For gala tickets, phone 829-1172. For performance tickets, phone 800-645-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com or to any Ticketmaster outlet.
Speaking of Shea's, the theater's very popular series of performances by professional touring companies of successful Broadway shows has been announced for the 2013-14 season.
Included with the season ticket are performances of ''Ghost: The Musical,'' which will play Oct. 15-20.
''War Horse,'' winner of five Tony Awards for the 2011 season, will be performed Nov. 12-17.
Dec. 17-22, ''Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' will appear. The show is based on the original animated show which is broadcast annually on network television.
March 11-16, George and Ira Gershwin's powerful ''Porgy and Bess'' filled with hit songs will be performed.
March 25-30, the beautiful music of ''Once,'' a play about a Dublin street musician who is inspired to persist in his career by a beautiful young woman, will be performed.
Finally, June 10-15, the classic favorite ''Evita'' by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will be performed, the show which made a star of Patti LuPone.
Individual tickets will eventually be sold to these productions, but season tickets are now on sale. Go to Shea's ticket office, directly to the right of the Main Street entrance to the theater, phone 847-0850 or go to their website, www.sheas.org.
In addition, Shea's has announced a number of productions which will take place at Shea's, which are not included in the season tickets, but which are announced so you can mark your calendar for the ones you absolutely don't want to miss:
Neglia Ballet and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the classic holiday ballet ''Nutcracker,'' Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
''Wicked,'' the show about the Wicked Witch of the West, before she got into the movies, will be performed by a professional touring company, Jan. 8-26, 2014.
''Disney's Beauty and the Beast'' will return to Shea's April 29-May 4, 2014.
Yet again, from Shea's, the theater also has some upcoming plans for the stage at 710 Main St., the former Studio Arena. Sept. 17 to Oct. 13, see a professionally staged production of ''I Love Lucy, Live on Stage.'' For information about this unique production, go to its website, www.Ilovelucylive.com.
Buffalo's Road Less Travelled Theater Company will perform a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, beginning April 19 and running through May 12. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, phone 629-3069 or visit their website at www.RoadLessTravelledProductions.org. The company performs in the Arcade Film and Arts Complex, in the Downtown Buffalo Theater District, directly across Main Street from Shea's Performing Art Center.
The theater department of Niagara University will produce Stephen Sondheim's ''Into the Woods,'' April 18-28.
Tickets range in price from $12 to $14. Student tickets are reduced in price. Purchase them by phoning 286-8685 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Performances will be presented in the Leary Theatre, inside Clet Hall, on the university's campus, in Niagara Falls, N.Y.