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Welcome to the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall!

This is the website home of Long Island’s oldest theater: The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in historic downtown Riverhead. Built in 1881, “The Vail” now hosts a wide variety of performances and presentations year-round. Check back on this site regularly and be sure to follow us on facebook.

Master Puppeteer Artie Poore
Sat Oct. 21st

Long Island Artist/Musician Artie Poore will unleash things magical and marvelous at the Vail with an extraordinary evening of puppet theatre on Saturday, October 21, starting at 8:30 pm. Mr. Poore is a
master puppeteer whose work has been a favorite in venues across New York from Manhattan to Montauk.
His performance at the Vail will include original vignettes developed at The National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O’Neill National Theater Center.


Jazz for Young Audiences
with the Tripartite Quartet
Sunday Oct. 22nd

The Tripartite Quartet brings jazz for young audiences in an interactive concert performance at the Vail on Sunday, October 22. The talented Stonybrook University ensemble will present their instrument “petting zoo” workshop to introduce musical instruments to children ages 2-7 at 3 pm, followed at 4:30 by the young audience concert recommended for students ages 8-12. The quartet will explore jazz history, blues, and improvisation, as well as the harmony and musical styles that defined jazz from the 1920s to the present day. The quartet will play some of their own creative arrangements of popular jazz standards, which also give voice to their unusual instrumentation of violin, piano, bass and percussion. Young audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments for this event and will be invited to perform with the quartet on some pieces.
This unique afternoon instrument petting zoo and young audience concert is made possible by the Staller Center for the Arts, Arts and Education Outreach Program under the direction of Paul Newland.


Volunteer Staff!!

Email us at vlmusichall@gmail.com to join the Vail-Leavitt as a volunteer staff member. There are a wide variety of jobs available including tour guide/docent, snack & refreshment sales, technical support, promotions & more. Join a great team working to preserve cultural heritage and provide unique educational opportunities for our community!!


Throwback Thursday Oct. 19th – Silent films with LIVE music!

We are proud to present pianist and composer JK Hodge in a unique presentation of silent film with live piano accompaniment on Thursday, October 19th. Doors open at 6:30. Mr. Hodge is Long Island’s leading expert on the topic of silent film music and we are privileged to present this program for the first time at Long Island’s oldest theatrical venue, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall!

Buy tickets for this special event by clicking here.


Radio Theater – “The Jar”
Sat Oct. 21st

On Saturday October 21st, the Vail proudly presents a radio theatre original presentation of “The Jar” for contemporary audiences. In a special offer, the ticket will also be good for the later performance of Artie Poore’s Puppet Theater.

Buy tickets for the Vail’s Radio Theater/Puppet Theater events by clicking here.

East End Fringe Festival

East End
Fringe Festival

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall was proud home to the first East End Fringe Festival.

Watch here for upcoming events and news.

Come join us in preserving Riverhead’s historic cultural past and presenting unique experiences you won’t find ANYWHERE ELSE!

136th Birthday
Friday 10/13

Variety Arts Festival
October 12-15 &
October 19-22

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall presents A Vail October, a unique variety arts festival celebrating the
136th anniversary of the founding of the historic East End theater. The festival mission is to
engage the local community with local artists and arts performances across multiple disciplines
from jazz to puppetry to old time radio and beyond! The festival runs for two weeks, with
events Thursday – Sunday, October 12-15 and October 19-22. Check out all the events here on our website!

John Brzoza Jr.
Memorial Concert
Sunday 9/24/17

A special performance was presented at the Music Hall to benefit the surviving daughters of John Brzoza Jr., a longtime musical associate of the Music Hall’s Original Voices series who passed away suddenly at the age of 49 in August. The Vail among others will miss his musical friendship and support.

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