Musical Notes & Events

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The Syracuse City Ballet opens its season on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00pm in the cozy confines of the Bevard Studio at the Oncenter, with the third annual “Intimate Evening with Syracuse City Ballet.”  The evening features a blend of classical and contemporary performances.  Tickets are available through EventBrite.com.  For more information, including season ticket pricing, visit SyracuseCityBallet.com.

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NYS Baroque opens their 28th season with Barbara’s Venice.  The concert showcases music by Barbara Strozzi, perhaps the most prolific composer in mid-17th century Venice.  Two concerts:  Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, 109 Waring Road, and Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm at the First Unitarian Society, 306 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca.  Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the door or online at www.nywbaroque.com.

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The Folkus Project presents Harry Traum’s “Coming of Age” show at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  Tales of activism, civil disobedience, and friendship punctuate the evening, in a combination of song and narrative, aided by vintage photos and music clips related to Traum’s participation in the New York Folk revival. Traum will punctuate his remembrances with songs and guitar solos from the “folk era” and beyond. Friday, September 23 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.folkus.org.

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Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman return to the Steeple Coffee House on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm to open the 11th season.  They play styles from soul, rhythm & blues, roots, and world rhythms.  A $20 suggested donation provides entertainment, dessert, and coffee or tea.  The Steeple Coffee House is part of the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville.  Visit www.TheUCF.org for more information.

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Platinum award winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway joins Symphoria to celebrate the music of one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists.  Singing classics from five decades of Barbara Streisand’s multi-faceted career, Callaway crafts a loving musical portrait of the icon who began as her role model.  Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria in this Pops concert on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm.  Visit www.ExperienceSymphoria.org for more information and tickets.

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The LaVeck Memorial Concert Series opens its 2016-17 season with two of its own – a concert by the Duo Canfield – Elizabeth and Evangeline — identical twin sisters and piano prodigies who have shared a keyboard since childhood.  The concert is at 7:30pm Saturday, September 24 at the Pulaski Congregational Church, 27 Lake St., Pulaski.  The concert will be followed by a meet-the-artists reception with free refreshments.  A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is suggested, but no admission is required.  Music students are encouraged to attend for free.

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Completing his 50th year of performing before the public, Heldentenor Jon Fredric West continues to sing!  On September the 24th at 7:30pm at Hamilton College, Wellin Hall, he brings us “A Celebration of Fifty Years of Singing,” joined by world famous pianist and accompanist, Sar Shalom-Strong with guest pianist and accompanist Kenneth Bowen. Donations will be most kindly accepted for the B Sharp Scholarship Fund that benefits young high school age musicians for their continued lessons and expenses.  Visit Hamilton.edu/events for more information.

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The Society for New Music opens the new season with “Inuksuit: Music & Nature Remix” on Sunday, September 25 at 3:00pm on the Syracuse University Quad.  (Rain location – Hendricks Chapel)  Presented in collaboration with the Setnor School of Music and several other departments at Syracuse University, “Inuksuit” for 99 percussionists is by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winning composer John Luther Adams.  This concert is free and open to the public.  Visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org for more information.

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Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, September 28 at 12:30pm at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse.  This free lunchtime concert features Alegre Flamenco, Syracuse’s premier flamenco group, performing traditional and nuevo Flamenco repertoire.  Visit CivicMorningMusicals.org for more information.

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On Thursday, September 29 from 6:00-8:30pm, The Pelotones will be playing their mix of swing jazz, Blues, R and B, and originals.  All at The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY.  Call 607-319-4214 for more information.

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The 2016-17 season of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music opens with The Juilliard String Quartet, one of the most widely-known ensembles in the world. A favorite with SFCM audiences for many years, the Juilliard performed a wonderful final concert for our 2014–2015 season. It’s all happening Saturday, October 1 at 7:30pm at HW Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse.  Tickets are $25 regular, $20 for Full-time Students with id.  For tickets and more information, visit www.syracusefriendsofchambermusic.org.

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The Season Finale of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival comes to the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown, on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00pm.  Linda Chesis, flute; Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; and Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano present “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” – trios by Mendelssohn and Smetana, as well as Dick Kattenburg’s 1940’s quartet, an irrepressible romp full of Gershwin-esque melodies and harmonies.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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The Pelotones come to the Americana Winery on Sunday, October 2 from 6:00-8:00pm.  Food and drinks are available, to accompany an evening of dance music including swing jazz, Blues, R and B, and originals.  Americana Winery is located at 4367 E Covet Road, Interlaken, NY.  Cal 607-387-6801 for more information.

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Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, October 5 at 12:30pm at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse.  This free lunchtime concert features pianist Nicholas Hrynyk performing the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by Franck, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110, and more.  Visit CivicMorningMusicals.org for more information.

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The Cortland Old Timers Community Band will present a concert of classical and popular band music.  The program includes the “Poet and Peasant” Overture by von Suppe, Grainger’s “Shepherd’s Hey,” selections from Oklahoma, medleys of tunes by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Charmichael, marches, and patriotic tunes.  The concert is in Brown Auditorium, Old Main Building, SUNY Cortland on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

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The Folkus Project presents Molly Tuttle, a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning singer/songwriter.  The concert is held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  Friday, October 7 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.folkus.org.

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Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 pm, Kiev-born pianist and YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa plays both the Liszt Second Piano Concerto, and the diabolical Totentanz.  Fabio Machetti returns to Syracuse to lead Symphoria in this Masterworks concert of Eastern European music.  Visit www.ExperienceSymphoria.org for more information and tickets.

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Mark Hoffman & Swing This! return to Steeple Coffee House on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30pm with their gypsy jazz sound of standards from the Great American Songbook.  Suggested entry donation of $15/person provides entertainment, a dessert, and coffee/tea.  Venue: The United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville.  The building is fully accessible, with free parking in the lot behind the building.  For more information, go to www.theucf.org and click on Steeple Coffee House.

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On Sunday, October 9 at 3:30pm, organist Jillian Gardner performs at the First Baptist Church, 27 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY.  Ms. Gardner is noted as one of America’s 20 most outstanding organists under the age of 30.  She will introduce a newly-installed organ stop: a Vox Humana, installed by Kerner & Merchant.  A gala reception will follow this FREE recital of music by J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Jean Langlais, Camille Saint-Saens, Lefebure-Wely, Charles Ives, and more.

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Civic Morning Musicals opens their Live! At the Everson season with A Piano Celebration, on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00pm.  Celebrating CMM’s refurbished Steinway pianos in a concert of music from solo to 40 fingers will be pianists Kathleen Haddock, Amy Heyman, Steve Heyman, Fred Karpoff, Maryna Mazhukhova, John Spradling, Sar-Shalom Strong, and Ida Tili-Trebicka.  Tickets are available at CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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“B Sharp Jazzes it Up” on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00pm at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institution auditorium in Utica, NY.  National and regional Jazz celebrities perform for this scholarship fundraising concerting, including Monk Rowe & The Hamilton College Saxophones, “Doctuh” Mike Woods, and Nancy Kelley with Rick Montalbano on piano.  Funds raised by this performance go to the approximately $5,000 in scholarships the club awards annually to local high school students based on formal juried auditions.  Tickets are $12 and are available from B-sharp members or at the door.  A reception follows the concert.

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Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30pm at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse.  This free lunchtime concert features Kirsten Ariel, soprano, and Robert Dunlap, tenor, singing two song cycles by Syracuse-born composer Ben Moore.  Visit CivicMorningMusicals.org for more information.

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The Cortland Old Timers Community Band presents its final concert of the 2016 season on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm. The concert includes music of Wagner, Grainger, Holst, Verdi, Bach, Johann Strauss, Irving Berlin, and Sousa, as well as a Salute to Veterans.  The concert is at Grace Christian Fellowship, Fisher Avenue, Cortland and is free. Donations to the band’s scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted at the door.

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The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music present Inscape on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the HW Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse.  For more than a decade, this chamber orchestra has been winning rave reviews for its recordings, as well as for concerts.  Inscape is pushing the boundaries of the traditional concert experience, with its flexible roster of master musicians.  Tickets are $25 regular, $20 for full-time students with ID.  For tickets and more information, visit www.SyracuseFriendsOfChamberMusic.org.

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Melos Choir and Period Instruments presents Pilgrimage: The Iberian Crossroads on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson).  Experience the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, with an illustrated talk by architectural historian Dr. Peter Coffman.  You’ll hear Moorish influences in the medieval music of pilgrimages, and music of the Spanish Renaissance, all performed by members of Melos.  Tickets range from $25 to $5.  Visit melos-earlymusic.org for more information.

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The Northwest Family YMCA is holding a free Acoustic Music Jam on Sunday, October 16 from 2:00-4:00pm.  Traditional, folk, country, Bluegrass, rock and pop music is welcome.  The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike.  No registration is required.  Bring your instrument and a music stand.  Come to join the fun or just listen.  The Jam is hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel. Learn more at www.ycny.org, or call 315-303-5966, ext. 225.

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Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30pm at the Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse.  This free lunchtime concert features John Ferrara, classical guitar, and Jenni Foutch, flute, performing Spanish and Latin American music.  Visit CivicMorningMusicals.org for more information.

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The Folkus Project presents Rod Picott in concert at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  It’s been 15 years since Rod Picott laid down his work belt, picked up an acoustic guitar, and put a permanent end to his blue collar gig.  Friday, October 21 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.folkus.org.

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The Society for New Music, in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival and LeMoyne College, present “Blackmail,” Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film, with the premiere of a new film score by Syracuse native Erin O’Hara.  Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street in Syracuse.  Tickets available through www.SocietyForNewMusic.org, or $25 at the door.

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The Chamber Music Society of Utica opens the new concert season with The Johannes String Quartet.  The ensemble will fill the auditorium with music by Mozart, Bartok, & Beethoven.  The concert takes place at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute Auditorium in Utica, NY on Sunday, October 23 at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID, and are available at the door.  Visit www.UticaChamberMusic.org for more information.

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