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Jon Lehrer Dance

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Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm
Smith Opera House
Geneva Concerts


Please note, the Smith Opera House will not be selling tickets for this show. Find ticketing information below.


Jon Lehrer started his company in 2007 in Buffalo, New York and has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Under his artistic direction, the company showcases Jon’s unique choreography and embodies his definitive style. His extensive background in both the modern and jazz dance idioms fosters choreography that is organic, artistic, accessible and often humorous, reflecting life experience and the human condition.

Now based in New York City, the company’s eight dancers tour extensively, bringing their trademark style to audiences worldwide. Dance Magazine praised “the company took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer’s strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles,” and Galerie:Ortenau in Offenburg, Germany declares, “Dynamic, Powerful, Elegant – brings an absolute passion for the dance.” The company toured to Europe in 2013, 2016, 2018, and will return in 2020. They toured to Russia in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, sponsored by the U.S. State Department in order to, “bring the best in American modern dance to the people of Russia.”

More on Jon Lehrer

Jon Lehrer, who was raised in Queens, New York, took his very first dance class at age 19 at the University at Buffalo. While dating a dancer, Jon teased her about how easy it must be to get an A in a dance class. The girl dared Jon to try a beginning level modern dance class and his life was changed.

Jon has choreographed for several professional dance companies and universities all over the country. Jon teaches masterclasses throughout the U.S. and around the world, having been on faculty at Dance Masters of America, Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Teacher Summer Conference, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM), Chautauqua Institution, and is a guest artist at numerous universities. In 2015, Jon received the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Most recently, he was awarded the “Rising Star” SPARK Award for being an integral part of Buffalo’s thriving arts and cultural community.


In addition to the public performances, on Friday, September 13, Geneva Concerts has arranged for Jon Lehrer Dance to present a lecture/demonstration for all students in the Geneva Middle School and Geneva High School, and a masterclass at the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts for dance students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. For more information, contact Tom McClure, Geneva Concerts Vice President for Outreach, at (315) 789-6283.


Show Information

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. All ticket holders are invited to attend.

Single ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $10 for full-time college students with I.D. Children through grade 12 are always admitted FREE thanks to our Sponsor-a-Student program. Tickets are available online at, at Stomping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, and at the door. All seating is general admission.

The night of the concert, Geneva Concerts volunteers will be available at the entrance to the theater to assist patrons with mobility problems. Drivers can bring passengers to the front door. We will help them from the car and into the front lobby where seating will be available until the driver parks and arrives with the tickets.


Geneva Concerts

Geneva Concerts has brought live music and dance to the community since the 1940s, especially encouraging young people to attend through the Sponsor-A-Student program and educational outreach programs brought to the schools.

For more information, visit Contact Geneva Concerts at (315) 781-0565 or

This concert is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG), by generous underwriting from the Williams Family Foundation, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts.

Tickets:$30-$35, $10 college students, Free K-12 and HWS students