Musical Notes & Events

MUSICAL NOTES

 

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Summer Music Festival Season is just around the corner!

Are you in charge of organizing or publicity for a summer festival?

Be sure to send us the details on your events as soon as you can!

 

 

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DriveAwayMSA, a fundraiser to benefit the Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition, will be held at the Camillus Elks Lodge on Sunday, June 26 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.  Hosted by Jackie VendenBerg and friends, the event will include music provided by bands “The Mix Tapes,” “Baddogg,” and “Grupo Pagan,” ample food and drink, and a wide variety of silent auction and raffle items.  All monies raised by the DriveAwayMSA benefit will go to the MSA Coalition.  Tickets to the event can be purchased online at driveawaymsa.brownpapertickets.com or by e-mailing driveawaymsa@gmail.com.  For more information, go to www.crowdrise.com/drive-awa-msa/fundraiser/jackievendenberg.

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The Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series presents the Bel Canto Wind Quintet on Sunday, July 3 at 3:15pm.  The concert series opens with the first-ever appearance on our stage of a woodwind quintet!  The members of this quintet are all principal musicians in their respective orchestras.  It’s a lovely beginning to the summer season!  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble’s Annual Independence Day Celebration is slated for the evening of Sunday, July 3 at 7:00pm.  It’s all happening at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome, NY, when the ensemble, directed by James T. Spencer, performs popular and patriotic favorites.  Guests Bruce Paulsen and Laura Enslin will perform as well.  More details at Facebook.com/SUBrass.

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Tickets are now on sale for Symphoria’s July 4th Celebration: Fanfare and Fireworks at the Lakeview Amphitheater, presented by Rapid Response Monitoring.  The concert begins at 8:00pm on Monday, July 4, with a fireworks display at dusk.  The concert features patriotic music and renowned local artist Nick Ziobro, along with the Syracuse Pops Chorus, and will be conducted by Sean O’Loughlin, Symphoria’s principal pops conductor.  Tickets are available in advance through ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Solvay Bank Box Office at The Oncenter, 315-435-2121.  The Amphitheater box office will open at 5pm on July 4 for day-of-concert ticket purchases.  All tickets are general admission, and children 18 and younger are admitted free.  Visit www.experiencesymphoria.org for more information.

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It’s the 7th Annual Sock Hop Under the Stars, to benefit the Friends of St. Camillus and the Solvay Fire Department.  On Friday, July 8 from 6 to 10pm, there’s live music from the 50’s and 60’s, raffles and dance contest, Little Bopper’s Kids area, beer and soft beverages, hot dogs, hamburgers, root beer floats, and more!  It’s all happening at the Centers at Camillus, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse.  Tickets are $10 in advance (through July 7), and $15 at the door.  Children 10 and under admitted Free.  Call the Friends of St. Camillus at 315-703-0822 for more information.

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The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival presents a Paradise Reception at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  On Saturday, July 9th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, you can immerse yourself in a paradisal Garden of Nature by way of this interactive sound installation, a collage of bird & animal sounds from around the world, created by Douglas Quin & Lorne Covington.  The installation is open July 1 through 30. For more information, visit

www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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Cazenovia Counterpoint continues at the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia.  On Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm, the film “Memphis” by Caz native Tim Sutton will be screened, followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker.  “Memphis” follows the transformation of Ezra Jack from beloved soul singer to “ecstatic contemplator,” a look at a man who achieves obscurity in hopes of finding redemption. For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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Cazenovia Counterpoint present an afternoon concert of Art Inspired Music beginning at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 10. Held at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Cazenovia, this concert celebrates the 40th anniversary of the organ, followed by a tea reception. Patrick Greene’s Steel Symphony, music inspired by Carrie Mae Weems’ photos, and more.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors & students, and free for anyone 18 and under.  For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series continues on Sunday, July 10 at 7:15pm.  BUZZ, the brass quintet from Montreal, appears at the Amherst series for the first time.  Since its founding in 2002, BUZZ has given over 1,000 shows in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  They won the OPUS Award in 2014 for “Concert of the Year – Multiple Repertoire.”  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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The Young Composers Corner returns to Cazenovia Countepoint once again!  Middle and High School students interested in music composition are encouraged to sign up for these sessions at the Cazenovia Public Library from July 11 through July 15.  Guided by composer Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas, participants will have their original works performed on Family Arts Day at the end of the festival. For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The B# Musical Club will present its Sacred Music Series with performers Leo Carville, Brian Gadbow, Tessa Hildreth, Mary Holzhauer, Taylor Kochran, Joseph Lyszczarz, Stephanie Mata, Michael McCormick, Morgan Mills, and Colleen Moore at Grace Episcopal Church, 6 Elizabeth Street, Utica on Monday, July 11 at 6:00pm.  More information at www.bsharpny.org.

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It’s the first of two Rising Star concerts during the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival!  The public is welcome to come to St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, 10 Mill Street, on Wednesday, July 13 at 12:30pm. Come hear the winners of regional competitions perform the classics, and premiere new works composed especially for them. For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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Cazenovia Counterpoint, in conjunction with the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, presents Noteified, on Thursday, July 14 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Lakeland Park.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair, settle in with your picnic basket, and watch the sun set over the lake during this jazz concert in the park by CNY prize winning musicians.  More information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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A 3-day Bavarian Festival will be held at the Utica Maennerchor, Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, to celebrate the German heritage of many of the Mohawk Valley’s early and follow-on settlers. The Frankfurters Band of Buffalo, New York will play for listening pleasure and social dancing on Friday and Saturday, July 15 & 16 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. The Frankfurters’ colorful show features thrilling demonstrations on hand-carved wooden Swiss Alphorns, the haunting Singing-Saw, and Alpine bell ringing, along with yodeling and lots of good, old-fashioned German “Gemutlichkeit.”   The Enzian Bavarian Band of Syracuse will play on Sunday, July 17 from Noon until 5:00pm, featuring time-honored music and singing.  Traditional foods, craft, linens, and activities. Admission $5 per person, children 11 and younger, free. Free parking on the grounds. www.uticamaennerchor.com.

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Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter is a new theater company supported by the Oncenter.  The inaugural production is Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret.”  All performances take place at the BeVard Studio Theatre at the OnCenter.  Tickets are $30 (including all fees) and are on sale now at Ticketmaster or the Oncenter websites.  Look for Syracuse Summer Theatre on Facebook for more information!  Performance dates are:

8:00pm on Friday, 7/15

8:00pm on Saturday, 7/16

8:00pm on Friday, 7/22

8:00pm on Saturday, 7/23

8:00pm on Friday, 7/29

8:00pm on Saturday, 7/30

Matinee at 2:00pm on Sunday, 7/31

 

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The public is welcome to attend the Veterans Appreciation Music Fest on Sunday, July 17 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  Taking place at VFW Post 153, 50 Salina Street in Baldwinsvill, this festival is free to attend, open to the public, and family oriented.  This year, 5 bands play throughout the afternoon: Section Eight at 1pm, Castle City Rockers at 2, The Mike Estep Band at 3, Missing Element at 4, and Boogie Low at 5.  A 50/50 raffle and all donations will be used to support the VA Hospital and Clear Path.  Drink specials and food are available for purchase as well.

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Prize-winning pianist Christopher Spinelli plays for the Art Exhibition Reception at St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, 10 Mill Street in Cazenovia.  It’s all part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Art, and the reception includes artist demonstrations.  The reception is open from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, July 16.  The Invitational Art Exhibit is on view throughout the village of Cazenovia from July 1 through July 30.  More information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The Cazenovia Counterpoint festival presents the second Rising Stars Concert on Wednesday, July 20 at 12:30pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, 10 Mill Street in Cazenovia.  Winners of regional and state-wide competitions perform familiar works alongside brand new works written just for them.  Visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org for more information.

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On Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30pm, it’s “The Classical Style,” a new opera by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky, with libretto by MacArthur Genius awardee Jeremy Denk.  We take an affectionate, satirical look at the cult of Classical Music, a flight of fancy where Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart wander the Earth in search of their faded glory.  Enjoy this world premiere as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 seniors & students, and those 18 & under are admitted free.  More information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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Our Rising Stars Alumni return to Cazenovia for an evening concert on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30pm at the Route 20 Sofa Company, 3208 Route 20 in Cazenovia.  Cazenovia Counterpoint welcomes the return of tenor Dominick Corbacio, soprano Trish Albright, and violinist Shelby Dems, accompanied by pianist Sar Shalom Strong, for this exciting evening.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors & students, and FREE for those 18 & under – or for those who are sketching or coloring during the concert!  Visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org for more information.

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On Sunday, July 24 at 3:00pm, the Sackets Harbor Historical Society’s Concerts on the Waterfront presents Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb.  Loren and Mark present stunning guitar duets with harmonizing vocals from their varied repertoire of original and arranged pieces.  The interaction between these two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world class guitar performance.  It’s a concert on the lawn at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.  Admission is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted.  More information at SacketsHarborHistoricalSociety.org.

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The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts concludes with Family Arts Day on July 24 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  The afternoon schedule is:

1:00pm – Poetry Round Robin on the Hilltop, led by David Hitchcock

2:00pm – Readings of the works written by participants in the Young Composers Corner

3:30pm – Sound Wandering: Art, Music & Nature, the premiere of a new work by Edward Ruchalski

All followed by ice cream and lemonade under the trees!  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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It’s an evening of the best duets from opera and operetta as the Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series welcomes sopranos Claire de Sevigne and Aviva Fortunata on Saturday, July 30 at 7:15pm.  Pianist Jenna Douglas from the Canadian Opera Company will accompany these talented singers.  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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