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Mason Hall, Fredonia, NY 14063

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The Western New York Chamber Orchestra continues its Classics Series at the State University of New York at Fredonia on Sunday, Feb. 18 with the world premiere live performance of a chamber opera by composer Nick Bentz. “Having Guests for Dinner” is Bentz’s one-act chamber opera for three singers and small symphony with libretto by Robert Feng. It follows a young, dysfunctional couple, Marcus and Laura, who are invited to a friend of a friend’s house for dinner. When they arrive, they meet their odd host, Christoph. Something seems off – their friends Scott and Andrew never arrive, and Christoph’s demeanor betrays that perhaps there’s “more on the menu than just beef and lamb.”

This work of art contains mature themes and dark comedy.

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