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2024 Season


Saturday, June 29th at 8pm & Sunday, June 30th at 4pm

at Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts Center  FREE Reserved Tickets

NCO's Artistic Director, Valerian Ruminski, son of Sgt. Valerian S. Ruminski, is proud to present this special production with the U.S. Army. THE FALLING AND THE RISING is a powerful story based on interviews with real service members and Veterans. It follows the journey of a Soldier, posted in a conflict overseas, whose world is forever changed by an improvised explosive device. Her path home is one of struggle, resilience, community, and resounding strength. THE FALLING AND THE RISING resonates through stunning music and the authentic portrayal of heroes who serve, whose real experiences are artfully woven into this remarkable new American opera.”

This operatic soldier’s odyssey was created in hopes of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often overlooked stories. THE FALLING AND THE RISING is a story of family, service and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty. The intimate, fully-staged, 90-minute chamber opera is performed by five principal singers and chorus, all members of the U.S. Army Field Band Soldiers’ Chorus and a 10-piece orchestra provided by Buffalo Musicians’ Association Local 92. As the son of a U.S. Army Veteran, NCO's Artistic Director, Valerian Ruminski will be joining THE FALLING AND THE RISING chorus.

THE FALLING AND THE RISING was conceived by Master Sergeant Benjamin Hilgert. Originally commissioned by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus, Opera Memphis, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera and TCU. Originally workshopped at Seagle Music Colony. Special thanks go to Garnett Brooks for producing the North Carolina premiere at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in January, 2018.


The Meeting House

15th Annual NCO Gala Dinner

June 24th at 6pm

3785 South Park Avenue, Blasdell

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