(Photo by Chris Hollo for The Grand Ole Opry.)

Formal Opry Induction to Take Place January 21, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 15, 2016) – Grammy-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was surprised during her Grand Ole Opry performance this evening by Opry member Carrie Underwood with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Gayle will be formally inducted into the Opry on Jan. 21, 2017 by her sister, Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Gayle made her Opry debut nearly 50 years ago on the Ryman Auditorium stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at age 16.

A note from Molly Fortune, Executive Director:

Receiving the news that Leon Russell had passed away peacefully caused my head to fall into my hands. I grew up listening to his music in our house and our family was using this concert as a family reunion of sorts. His talent was beyond words and those he touched didn’t just work with him or record his music, they were everyday people, like you and me.
When a great artist passes and moves on to entertain those in Heaven, we mourn. Mourning is all that pent up love and adoration that has no place to go. But it does for us. Listen to his music, sing at the top of your lungs and thank God for such an amazing talent that has inspired several generations. And remember, some of those he inspired and wrote for will and have graced our mighty stage here in Newberry. Long live the whippoorwill Mr. Leon!

In a world filled with good causes, humanitarian needs, and worthy institutions, deciding on supporting one agency or cause over the other or one in addition to others can be a difficult decision. When asked to write why my husband Mike and I chose to support the Newberry Opera House, it has caused me to reflect about that financial commitment. My first inclination is the response that it is the right thing to do for our community…for our county….and for the arts; but that, as I reflect upon it, is really not the heart of the matter. Certainly there are the key rationales which are more tangible and measurable such as the Newberry Opera House being an economic engine for growth, its cultural and educational value, its preservation and on-going use of a beautiful old Victorian building, and its impact on the sustained revitalization of Newberry. Yet, there is the intangible basis for donating to the Newberry Opera House that falls into the category in which numbers cannot be applied or measured with pie charts or graphs. It is that realm beyond assessment that is neatly fit into budgets and operating expenses.

Social Media Photo Contest 

The Social Media Photo contest was a resounding success during Oktoberfest. Thank you for all your participation! We wanted to see our beautiful town and building through your eyes, and we did! We needed a couple days to jury the entries because they were so great, and there were many contenders for the same award, so we decided to award 2 bonus prizes! We saw great things from you during your visit to Newberry and the Opera House, so look forward to seeing your photos in our publicity in the near future! As always make sure to Like, Comment, Share, and Tag us in your photos! We love to see them!

Drum roll please...and the winners are....

The well known rock band from the late 70s early 80s, Ambrosia, will be making an appearance on the Newberry Opera House stage performing their classic hits like “Biggest Part of me”, “Only Woman in the World” and “How Much I Feel” and many more. The show will begin on Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are on sale now; you can purchase them here or by calling the Box Office 803-276-6264.

“The band brings its multicultural generational up beat feel to the stage, it’s easy to get overload in today’s news oriented world, this is a wonderful escape” said Molly Fortune, Executive Director of Newberry Opera House. Fortune, also hopes for this show to be a sell out.