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Symphoria and the Syracuse Pops Chorus join forces to present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus.  Lou Lemos is director of the Syracuse Pops Chorus, and Christian Capocaccia conducts.  Tickets and information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Three Performances:

Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm
Rome First United Methodist Church, 400 N. George Street, Rome, NY

Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm
(Note:  This is a performance of the Messiah in its entirety)
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY

Monday, December 10 at 7:30pm
United Presbyterian Church of Cortland, 25 Church Street, Cortland, NY

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Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman will be performing as part of The Folkus Project on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm.  Savoca and Heitzman are winners of seven SAMMY awards, and have appeared on The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, and many more.  The concert will be held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  Advance tickets and more information at www.FolkUS.org.

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On Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm, Orchestra Kingston presents Handel’s Messiah, with the Kingston Choral Society.  This Christmas favorite comes to the Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston.  Tickets and information available at www.OrchestraKingston.ca.

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Maestro Grant Cooper is the guest conductor for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah, Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora Street in Ithaca.  The orchestra is joined by soprano Elena Galvan, mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce, tenor Dann Coakwell, bass-baritone David Neal, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble under director Carl Johengen.  More information and tickets at www.CCOIthaca.org.

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The Utica Maennerchor will present its annual choral Christmas Concert on Friday, December 7 at 7:30pm at its Club House, 5535 Flanagan Road, Marcy.  Directed by Susan Sady, and accompanied by Mark Radlowski, the concert features a mix of choral music of the season from around Europe.  A free-will overing benefits the Abraham House of Utica, which provides continued care for the terminally in our community.  Light refreshments served after the concert.  Visit www.UticaMaennerchor.com for more information.

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The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble presents A Christmas Collage, music of the season selected by four of SVE’s singer-conductors:  Brian Ackles, Anne Jamison, Sandy Murphy, and CJ Oliver.  And there will be cookies at the post-concert reception!  More information and tickets at www.SyracuseVocalEnsemble.org.

Two Performances:

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, Dewitt

Sunday, December 9 at 3:00pm
Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse

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The Steeple Coffee House Holiday Show presents Cathy Cadley, Hanna Richardson, Bob Price, and Marcus Curry.  Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E Genesee Street, Fayetteville.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  Your suggested entry donation provides music, coffee/tea, and a dessert.  More information at Steeple Coffee House on Facebook, or www.TheUCF.org.

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On Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm, the Fall Music Series at the Liverpool Public Library presents The Onyx Clarinet Quartet: From Bluegrass to Polka to Holiday Favories.  The program includes a Hanukah Suite, a Christmas Jazz Suite, popular holiday tunes and traditional international carols, in the Carman Community Room at the Liverpool Public Library.  The concert is presented in partnership with the Liverpool Is The Place Committee and made possible by a grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.  More information at www.LPL.org.

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The 75-member Mohawk Valley Choral Society, now celebrating its 38th year of concerts, will perform Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee Street, Utica.  Soloist will be soprano Anita Firman, mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce, tenor Nathaniel McEwen, and bass Marc Webster.  Information and tickets at www.MVChoral.org.

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On Sunday, December 9 at 3:00pm, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus presents A Holiday Musical Afternoon, featuring the Voices of Faith Choir.  Choir director Jack Gardner leads the ensemble in an afternoon of carols, classical, and seasonal music, accompanied by pianist Joyce Bunce and featuring special guests artists.  A free will offering will be accepted for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry.  At the Basilica, 927 Park Avenue, Syracuse.  More information at www.SacredHeartBasilicaSyr.org.

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Zion Episcopal Church at 140 W. Liberty Street in Rome presents a service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00pm.  Choral pieces and congregational singing will be featured, led by Erick Kroll, organist and Music Director.  This event is free and open to the public.  More information at 315-336-5170.

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There are two more opportunities to hear the Central New York Flute Choir’s 2018 Holiday Concert!  This free and family-friendly presentation includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Ricky Lombardo, and some familiar holiday carols to share.  The CNY Flute Choir is a community of flutists playing everything from C flute to the Contrabass Flute.  Learn more at www.Facebook.com/CNYFluteChoir.

Two Performances

Sunday, December 9 at 4:00pm
Jamesville Community Church, 6300 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville

Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Destiny USA near P.F. Chang’s, Syracuse

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Pianist Sar-Shalom Strong celebrates the season in performance at the Horned Dorset Inn on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00pm.  This is the final dinner concert of the 2018 season, as Sar plays a potpourri of selections including familiar repertoire and holiday fare.  Cocktails are served at 4:00pm, with the concert at 5:00pm, followed by dinner.  Reservations can be made at www.HornedDorsetInn.com.

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The Palace Theater, 2384 James Street in Syracuse, hosts the 12th annual “Christmas at the Palace with the DeSantis Orchestra.”  Special guests join the orchestra, and the Fingerlakes Brass Quintet provides the pre-show music.  Sunday, December 9 at 6:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.DeSantisOrchestra.com.  A portion of the proceeds benefit Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society.

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St. George’s Cathedral Advent Concerts continue on Thursday, December 13 from 12:15pm to 12:50pm with piano duo Valery Lloyd-Watts and Clare Miller performing music by Mozart, Debussy, and Khatia & Gvantsa Buniatishvili.  The concerts continue every Thursday through December 20.  Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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Melos Early Music presents “Noels anciens: French Christmas, 12th-18th centuries” on Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm.  A program of all French music, it includes the sounds of chant from Medieval France, motets, familiar French noels, and the instrumental music of Boismortier.  At St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street E (at Johnson), Kingston.  More information and tickets at www.Melos-EarlyMusic.org.

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Symphoria celebrates the magic of the holidays with guest vocalist Nick Ziobro, the Syracuse Pops Chorus, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, dancers and more!  Conductor Sean O’Loughlin leads Symphoria, the Syracuse Pops Chorus, and the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, as they are joined by dancers from The Ballet & Dance Center.  At the Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Tickets and information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

 Three Performances:

Friday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15 at 1:30pm
Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm

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On December 16 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.  The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike.  No registration required.  Bring your musical instrument and a stand, or come just to listen.  Hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel.  Contact Renee Storiale at the YMCA for more information, rstoriale@syracuseYMCA.org.

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The Gail Lyons Christmas Concert, featuring a harp ensemble and soloists, is presented on Sunday, December 16 at 2:30pm at St. Michael and St. Peter’s Church, 4782 West Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse.  A reception follows the concert.  Contact Gail Lyons for more information 315-488-0744.

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It’s a musical salon with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00pm.  Violist Roberta Crawford and pianist Michael Salmirs perform Bach’s Viola Suite No. 2 and selected preludes and fugues for piano, followed by a food and wine reception.  Due to limited seating, salons are by reservation only.  For tickets and more information, visit www.FingerLakesChamberEnsemble.com.

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On Sunday, December 16 at 4:00pm, Schola Cantorum presents “Prophecy,” Renaissance polyphonal settings of Biblical and other texts, including Orlando di Lasso’s Prophetiae Sibyllarum.  The concert is at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road, Dewitt.  Tickets available at the door.  More information at www.ScholaSyracuse.com.

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The Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra presents it’s Holiday Pops concert.  On Sunday, December 16 at 4:00pm, Maestro Erik Kibelsbeck leads the orchestra with selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” music of Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.  Guest vocalists Anna Kate Waters, Jonathan English, Todd Laffer, and Adam Paul Fine join the orchestra at Atonement Lutheran Church, 116 W. Glen Avenue, Syracuse.  Tickets and information at www.OnondagaOrchestra.org.

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St. George’s Cathedral Advent Concerts conclude on Thursday, December 20 from 12:15pm to 12:50pm with a performance of Bach’s Cantata 140 (Wachet auf) by the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir, directed by David Cameron.  The concerts continue every Thursday through December 20.  Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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Conductor G. Roberts Kolb leads the 32nd Annual Messiah Sing!  At Zion Episcopal Church in Rome, accompanied by pianist Sar-Shalom Strong.  Part 1 of the Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus will be presented with area soloists singing the recitatives and arias while the congregation sings the choruses.  Bring your own Messiah score, or borrow one from the church.  If you prefer not to sing, you are welcome to listen and enjoy the music.  Reception follows the event.  Sunday, December 23 at 3:00pm.  More information at 315-336-5170.

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A service of Christmas Lessons and Carols will take place at St. George’s Cathedral on Sunday, December 23 at 4:00pm.  As well as leading the congregational singing, the Cathedral Adult, Youth, and Children’s Choirs will sing a selection of Christmas anthems by David Willcocks, Laurence Rowbotham, Peter Warlock, and others.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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