Lake Shore Savings increases support for performing arts at SUNY Fredonia

Lake Shore Savings Bank has long been a supporter of the performing arts at SUNY Fredonia. This year, the Dunkirk-based financial institution takes that support to a new level with a $12,000 commitment as the season-wide sponsor for the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center.

This marks the seventh consecutive season Lake Shore Savings has served as the top sponsor for Rockefeller Arts Center.

“Lake Shore Savings appreciates our affiliation with SUNY Fredonia and Rockefeller Arts Center,” Daniel P. Reininga, president and chief executive officer of Lake Shore Savings, said. “It’s a wonderful partnership.”

Chartered in 1891, Lake Shore Savings has 11 branches through Chautau-qua and Erie counties. Its corporate headquarters are located at 131 East Fourth St. in Dunkirk.

Rockefeller Arts Center Director Jefferson Westwood said Lake Shore Savings has once again raised the bar for corporate sponsorship with this increased commitment to the arts.

“Lake Shore Savings continues to set the pace as a leading corporate citizen in our region,” Westwood said. “They were our first-ever corporate sponsor and we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship ever since.”

Westwood noted that sponsoring arts programs is not the only way in which Lake Shore Savings has supported SUNY Fredonia. In 2001, the bank funded the purchase of the University Clock Tower and in 2009 helped the campus acquire the John Clement sculpture “Popeye,” which is now on permanent display on Symphony Circle.

The 2013-14 season sponsorship by Lake Shore Savings will support a diverse lineup of entertainment events. It includes:

The DFT Communica-tions Pops Series with “Almost Elton John” on Sept. 21, “The Hit Men: ‘Tis the Seasons” on Dec. 12 and “Gershwin’s Greatest Hits” on May 16. All pops series events begin at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The Kaleidoscope Family Series sponsored by the Observer with “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t” by Child’s Play Touring Theatre on Dec. 6, “Masters of Mayhem” with Wells and Woodhead on Feb. 7 and “Cinderella” with DuffleBag Theatre on April 25. All Kaleidoscope events begin at 7 p.m. in Marvel Theatre.

The Walter Gloor Mainstage Series with “Moon Over Buffalo” from Oct. 11 to 26, “School for Scandal” from Nov. 6 to 10, “Fredonia Dance Ensemble” from Feb. 21 to 23, “RENT” from 4 to 12 and “The Shape of Things” from April 25 to May 3.

The World Travel Series sponsored by Fredonia Place with “Sea to Sea in a Model T” on Sept. 28, “The Great Canadian Train Ride” on Feb. 15 and “Korea: Then and Now” on March 29. All World Travel Series events begin at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The Hillman Opera with “La Cenerentola (Cinder-ella)” on Nov. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra Classics Series with “Musical and Literature” on Sept. 29, “Ebony and Ivory” on Oct. 27, “Song of the Earth” on Feb. 9 and “Die Fledermaus in concert” on March 30. All concerts are at 4 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

Season ticket packages for the 2013-14 Lake Shore Savings Season are now on sale through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center. More information is available by calling 673-3501.

More information on the 2013-14 events is available on the Rockefeller Arts Center web site at