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Lunchtime Listening!  Fridays in December at 12:15pm, the United Presbyterian Church of Cortland at 25 Church Street presents half-hour programs of Advent and Christmas organ music performed by organist Paulette Fry.  Tables are available in the balcony for those who wish to bring their lunches or snacks to enjoy with the music.  Stay as long as you like for these free events.  Visit UnitedPresbyterian.net for more information.

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Coming up on Friday, December 8 at 6:00pm, a Caribbean-style Christmas celebration with Live music, traditional holiday dinner, and more.  You can even expect a visit from Santa Claus and the Three Magi.  It’s Fiesta de Navidad en La Casita, at 109 Otisco Street, Syracuse, NY. For more information, call 315-443-2151, or e-mail LaCasita@syr.edu.

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The Utica Maennerchor will present its annual choral Christmas Concert on Friday December 8 at 7:30pm at its Club House, 5535 Flanagan Rd. Marcy, NY (close to Exit 31 of the NYT).  Under the direction of Susan Sady with accompanist Mark Radlowski, the Concert will feature a mix of German and English choral music of the Season, presented by the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Choruses. A Free-Will offering will benefit OPERATION SUNSHINE whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of disadvantaged children in the CNY area all year around. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. For more information go to www.UTICAMAENNERCHOR.COM

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The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble presents two holiday concerts.  “Winter’s Compass: Music From All Directions” is a multicultural celebration of the season with music from around the globe, including “Nu ‘Oli,” a Hawaiian carol, arranged by guest conductor Jace Kaholokula Saplan.  Enjoy cookies at the post-concert reception!  More information and tickets available at www.SyracuseVocalEnsemble.org.

Two performances:

Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, DeWitt
Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

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A holiday-themed concert featuring Cathy Cadley, Marcus Curry, Bob Price, and Hannah Richardson will be held Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at the Steeple Coffee House.  Located at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee Street, your entry donation provides entertainment, a dessert, and coffee/tea.  Fine out more on Facebook at Steeple Coffee House, or go to www.TheUCF.org.

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Bones East, a local, 16-piece trombone ensemble, will present a free concert on Sunday, December 10, at 1:00pm at Plymouth Congregational Church in Downtown Syracuse. The program will feature traditional songs and carols, as well as a few holiday chestnuts, including music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Call 315.949.9450 for more information.

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The Kingston Chamber Choir presents “Messiah: A Christmas Celebration” on Sunday, December 10 at 2:30pm at the Performance hall at the Isabel.  Featuring soprano Bethany Horst, mezzo-soprano Erin Lawson, baritone David Pike, and tenor Christopher Mayell.  Messiah has been popular with audiences since its first performance in 1742.  Tickets and information at www.queensu.ca/theisabel/content/messiah-christmas-celebration

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Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm, the Syracuse Chorale presents their Home for the Holidays concert.  The Chorale will perform music by Italian, Polish, and Irish composers in a holiday concert honoring Central New York’s immigrant tradition.  At DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. East, Syracuse.  Tickets available at the door, or in advance at www.SyracuseChorale.org, or from Chorale members.

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On Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm, the B Sharp Music Club presents a free concert at the Stone Presbyterian Church, Park Row in Clinton.  The performers are Lisa Jones, Stephanie Mata, and Jon Frederick West.  For more information about this free concert, visit www.BSharpCNY.org.

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It’s a Holiday Musical Afternoon with the Voices of Faith on Sunday, December 10 at 3:00pm at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 927 Park Avenue, Syracuse.  It’s an afternoon of carols, classical, and seasonal music.  Jack Gardner leads the Voices of Faith Choir, with Joyce Bunce on piano and special guest artists.  A reception follows the concert.  A free will offering will be gratefully accepted for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry.

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Civic Morning Musicals Outreach in conjunction with The Arts and Music Festival at St. Stephen presents The Christmas Concert, a program of sacred music featuring the CMM Chorus and vocal soloists, along with guitar, flute, and trumpet. A reception will follow the program. Sunday, December 10 at 4:00pm at St. Stephen’s Church, 873 DeWitt Street in Syracuse.  More information at www.StStephenSyracuse.org, or at 315-479-9912.

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On Sunday, December 10 at 5:00pm, the Horned Dorset Inn Dinner Concert Series presents “An Evening of French Song.”  Soprano Johana Arnold and pianist Kim Paterson return by popular request, this time in the company of their “home for the holidays” daughter, Barbara Arnold Paterson, a fast-rising star of the concert and operatic worlds in her adopted country of New Zealand.  Cocktails begin at 4:00pm.  Call 315-855-7898 for more information and reservations.

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On Sunday, December 10 at 6:00pm, it’s the 11th Annual “Christmas at the Palace” with the DeSantis Orchestra and special guests.  At The Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, Syracuse, it’s an evening of music for the holiday season.  A portion of the proceeds benefit Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society.  Tickets and information available at www.DeSantisOrchestra.com.

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St. Mary’s Church at 46 N. Main Street in Cortland presents their Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00pm.  Featuring seasonal holiday classics by the Espressivo Flute Quartet, and Medieval and Renaissance instrumental carols from Cortland Camerata.  A free-will offering is gratefully accepted.  Information about St. Mary’s is available at www.St.MarysCortland.org.
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The Lafayette Community Band presents its Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30pm.  Held at Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 126 South Terry Road in Syracuse, this free concert features music of the season!

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues with a Holiday Concert.  Co-directors Gayle Ross and Jerry Exline have put together a Festival of the Music of the Season offered by choral and instrumental performers.  Wednesday, December 13 at 12:15 pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This concert is free.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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On Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm Orchestra Kingston and the Frontenac Women’s Chorus (director Patty Smith) present “A Christmas Story.”  Favorite Christmas music for orchestra and choir, with special guest Darrel Bryan, tenor.  At Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston.  More information and tickets at OrchestraKingston.ca.

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Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria in three concerts for the season.  Holiday Wonder is a family friendly concert featuring Dancers, Chorus members, and special guest vocalist Julia Goodwin as they all get into the holiday spirit with Symphoria.  With the Syracuse Pops Chorus under Lou Lemos, and the Syracuse Children’s Chorus under Marcia DeMartini.  All three performances are in the Crouse Hinds Theater, 800 South State Street in Syracuse.  Tickets and more information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Friday, December 15 at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 16 at 1:30pm

Saturday, December 16 at 7:30pm

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The Mohawk Valley Choral Society, under the direction of its Artistic Director, Randy Davis, will present its Winter Concert at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 17 at Annunciation Church on West Street in Ilion. “Sounds of the Season” is an afternoon of songs appropriate for this time of the year.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, Center Stage Pianos in the New Hartford Shopping Center, and Weisser’s Jewelers on Main Street in Herkimer. Tickets may also be reserved by calling (315) 826-3092.

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On Sunday, December 17 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the Northwest Family YMCA is holding a free Acoustic Music Jam.  Folk, traditional, country, bluegrass, rock and pop music are all welcome.  Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike.  No registration required.  Hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel, contact Renee Storiale at the YMCA for more information.  315-303-5966, ext. 225, or rstoriale@SyracuseYMCA.org.

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Gail Lyons presents a Christmas Concert of harp ensemble and solo works.  Sunday, December 17 at 2:30pm at St. Michael & St. Peter’s Church, 4782 W. Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse.  All are welcome to attend this free concert, with a reception to follow.  Contact Gail Lyons for more information, 315-488-0744.

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On Sunday, December 17 at 4:00pm, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents “O” Christmas.  On the program are the Seven O Antiphons from a Cypriot manuscript, O Nata Lux by Thomas Tallis, two settings of O Magnum Mysterium by Giovanni Gabrieli and William Byrd, and more music from other Renaissance masters.  At Pebble Hill Church, 5299 Jamesville Road, DeWitt.  For tickets and information, visit ScholaSyracuse.com

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Faculty members and professional musicians from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music will perform a concert featuring eclectic holiday music on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00pm at Rock Center, 999 Cumberland Avenue, Syracuse. “Caroling Down the Hill” includes performances by famed soprano Janet Brown, and two movements of Handel’s Messiah, performed by a small chorus directed by John Warren. Additionally, flutist Diane Jones and pianist Deborah Cunningham perform Fleury’s Greensleeves Variation. Jeff Welcher, jazz pianist and singer, performs songs by Alfred Burt and John Blackburn. More holiday-themed music is interspersed with readings by maestro Daniel Hege.  This concert is free – tickets can be reserved by calling 315-634-9494.  Donations to CCC of Syracuse, Inc. are encouraged.

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You can hear new arrangements of classic Christmas music with the Phoenix Community Band Christmas Concert on Monday, December 18 at 7:00pm at the JCB (Phoenix) High School, Route 57 in the Village of Phoenix.  Admission is free, though donations are welcomed.  More information at www.PhoenixCommunityBand.org. (Snow date is December 19th)

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