Musical Notes & Events

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Civic Morning Musicals presents its Wednesday Recital Series in the Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse.  On Wednesday, May 25 at 12:30pm come and hear Songs of the Birds by Ravel, Offenbach, Sondheim, and more.  Mary Rose Go, soprano, Benjamin Ellis, guitar, and Kathleen Haddick, piano, bring you this wonderful Spring concert. This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.civicmorningmusicals.org.

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The Society for New Music’s Billie Burdick Composers-In-Residence projects are ready for their World Premieres!  On Thursday, June 2 at 7:00pm the Henninger High School chorus, under conductor Andrea Akins, will premiere “Reflections.”  Composer Richard Fields has been working with the students all year, setting quotations from the chorus members with their personal reflections on peace.  The Henninger Jazz Band, led by Rory Edwards, and speaker Nicholas Magari, join the chorus.  The concert will be held in the Henninger High School Auditorium, 600 Robinson Street in Syracuse. More information can be found at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The 2016 Geneva Music Festival opens with baritone Dashon Burton and pianist Christopher Janwong Mckiggan.  This is Burton’s first appearance with the Geneva Music Festival!  Two concerts: Thursday, June 2 at 7:30pm at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva, with a repeat of the concert on Friday, June 3 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Kevin Barrigar returns to May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse.  He joins the Novak Nanni Duo in concert on Friday, June 3 at 8:00pm as part of the Folkus Project of Central New York.  Jessica Novak and Brian Golden bring blues, rock and soulful originals to live through guitar, fiddle, percussion and voice.  Kevin Barrigar brings exceptional guitar skills and a whole lot of attitude to his own unique arrangements.  Tickets and information at folkus.org.

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Symphoria’s Masterworks series concludes the season on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pm when violinist Anne Akiko Meyers visits to perform Ravel’s Tzigane and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et rondo capriccioso in the Crouse-Hinds Theater of the Civic Center, 800 South State Street, Syracuse.  The program opens with Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and closes with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  Tickets for “Pictures at an Exhibition” are available at www.experiencesymphoria.org and at 315-299-5598.

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Violinists Geoffrey Herd and Eliot Headon, along with other GMF veterans, take the state for an evening of romantic masterpieces, including the Schumann Piano Quintet and Mendelssohn f minor Piano Trio.  It’s all part of the Geneva Music Festival!  Two performances:  Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pm at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva, with a repeat performance Sunday, June 5 at 2:00pm at the Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Civic Morning Musicals presents CNY Young Artists Live! Featuring 10 local competition winners from Onondaga County Educators, CNY Association of Music Teachers, and Civic Morning Musicals/Symphoria.  It’s all happening on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00pm at the Hosmer Auditorium in the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 315-254-0614, or visit CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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The Gail Lyons Harp Ensemble Spring Recital will take place on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm at the Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse.  You’ll hear both ensemble and solo harp works.  All are welcome for this free afternoon concert.  For more information, please call 315-488-0744.

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The Syracuse Chorale presents “In Flight” on Sunday, June 5 at 3:00pm at the DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. East.  The choir performs under the direction of Dr. Peppie Calvar.  The pops concert will feature choral arrangements of songs including “Come Fly With Me,” “Defying Gravity,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”   Chorale members will also present solos that fit the program theme.  Instrumentalists include Lucas Dekaney, an 8th-grader at JD Middle School on drums, and Jake Bloom, a 10th-grader at FM High School on guitar.  Advance tickets are $12.  Tickets at the door are $15.  Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free.  Visit www.SyracuseChorale.org for more information.

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Week 2 of the Geneva Music Festival opens with “Concierto:  Chamber Music with a Latin Flavor.”  GMF artists capture the spirit of Latin America with chamber music featuring fiery works of the greatest Latin and Spanish compoers.  Two performances:  Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva, with a repeat performance Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra will present a Pops Concert on Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm in the Skaneateles High School Auditorium, 49 East Elizabeth Street in Skaneateles.  The program for this Pops concert features “An Evening with Jenny Stockdale & The Wax Matches.”  This blend of vocals and orchestration promises to provide a memorable evening.  The program also includes the music of Haydn, Smetana, and other favorites.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors & students, and are available at the door.  More information at www.OnondagaOrchestra.org.

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The Geneva Music Festival invites you to Ravines Winery in Geneva on Friday, June 10 at 9pm for “Fiesta!  Salsa Dancing @ Ravines.”  The night begins with a special dance workshop featuring Amaya Dance Team and Double D at 9pm.  Enjoy lively dance performances from national and international dance professionals.  Then, DJ Felix Jordan plays Latin music.  You can dance until you drop to the best Latin music: Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Cha-Cha!  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Get your dance shoes out of the closet!  Come to the Geneva Music Festival on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00pm and learn from some of the best Latin dance professionals in the country.  Workshops for beginners to advanced dancers, featuring salsa and bachata, at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Latin Week continues at the Geneva Music Festival with Viva el Tango! On Saturday, June 11 at 7:30pm at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva.  Argentinean bandoneonist JP Jofre infuses this concert with the spark of syncopated Latin rhythms and his innovative nuevo tango style.  Guitarist Kenneth Meyer and award-winning pianist Cahill Smith, along with other GMF artists, join Jofre for a night of unforgettable night of new and old Tango masterworks.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Melos presents 17th Century Songs of Love and Motherhood: a recital by Lutenist Michael Leopold and sopranos Holly Gwynne-Timothy and Sarah Whalen-Downes.  The concert features 17th century songs and solo works for theorbo by Kapsberger, Monteverdi, Purcell, Strozzi, Merula, and Caccini.  The concert is Saturday, June 11 at 7:30pm in St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street E. at Johnson (Downtown Kingston).  Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students, $10 for anyone under 13, and are available at the door.  Call 613-767-7245 or visit www.Melos.ca for more information.

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Sunday, June 12 at 7:00pm the Geneva Music Festival returns to Ravines Winery, 40 Barracks Road in Geneva for a Bluegrass Concert!  Violinist Eliot Heaton and cellist Max Geissler return with Greg Robbins on bass to bring you some good, old-fashioned American music.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Cellist and Geneva native Hannah Collins joins forces with violinist Clara Lyon for an evening of contemporary music.  Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm its “Hear and Now” a concert at Ravines Winery in Geneva.  You can enjoy a wine tasting while you listen to this concert of new and rarely performed works.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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Master Organist Joseph Ripka presents a program highlighting the rich variety of organ music from the 17th through the 20th centuries.  The Geneva Music Festival presents three opportunities to enjoy this program:  Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William Street in Auburn; Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30pm at the United Church of Canandaigua, 11 East Gibson Street; and Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm at the Presbyterian Church of Geneva, 24 Park Place.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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The Society for New Music’s Billie Burdick Composers-In-Residence projects present a second World Premiere!  On Thursday, June 16 at 6:00pm, the public is invited to the Dr. Edwin E. Weeks Elementary School Auditorium, 710 Hawley Avenue in Syracuse, for the premiere of “The Bells.”  Tyler Ogilvie has crafted this 4-movement work, with accompanying video, in collaboration with the 5th grade students and their music teacher, Mary Jumen.  The text is Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Bells,” and will be accompanied by piano, Orff instruments, and a variety of bells from several cultures.  Visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org for more information.

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The Geneva Music Festival comes to an end with “Laurie Smukler and Friends.”  Violinist and Juilliard Professor Laurie Smukler joins forces with GMF musicians for an evening of exceptional music making.  Two performances:  Friday, June 17 at 7:30pm at the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts Center in Geneva, with a repeat performance Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles.  Visit genevamusicfestival.com for more information.

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The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley will conclude its second season with a concert on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00pm in the Clinton Central Schools Arts Complex.  On the program are Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Michael Emery, violin soloist; Britten’s Simple Symphony; and JS Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 3.  For more information, e-mail clintonsymphony@gmail.com, or call 315-404-2016.

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On Sunday, June 19 at 7:30pm, you are invited to the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown for this Father’s Day evening performance at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.  These talented chamber musicians, including a father/daughter pair, will present music by Gaubert, Mahler, Schulhoff, and the Schubert “Trout Quintet.”    Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org for more information.

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