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Schola Cantorum of Syracuse is preparing for its annual Singing Workshop, and this summer they have added a Period Instruments Workshop as well!  This 4-day workshop begins Thursday, July 26, and ends with a performance from instrumentalists and singers on Sunday, July 29.  The singers workshop is led by Dr. Kristina Boerger, and the instrumentalists workshop is led by Liamna Pestana and luthier Daniel Yost, who has built the instruments used in the workshop.  More information and registration at www.ScholaSyracuse.com/workshop

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“Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage,” the opera by Persis Parshall Vehar with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, receives its second performance on Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 22 Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia.  Directed by Victoria King, the opera highlights the life and work of Central New York native Matilda Joslyn Gage, a significant figure in the suffrage movement.  Tickets and more information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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On Friday, July 20 at 8:00pm, Symphoria heads to Seneca Falls, NY to kick off a year-long celebration of Women’s Suffrage in America with a concert showcasing award-winning female composer.  Featuring guest artist Joanne Shenandoah and her epic composition, SkyWoman.  More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter returns for its third summer with the musical “Pippin” from legendary composer Stephen Schwartz. Featuring the famous songs “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” and “Morning Glow,” Pippin hurtles the audience through the tumult of adolescence and dawning self-awareness. Seven performances at the Bevard Studio at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Information and tickets at http://syracusesummertheatre.com.
[Contains adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.]

 Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
July 20-21, July 27-28, and August 3-4
Matinee on Sunday August 5 at 2PM.

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The Symphoria String Quartet performs music of award-winning women composers at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY on Saturday, July 21 at 12:00pm.  This concert is part of Symphoria’s celebration of women’s suffrage in America.  More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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Guest artist Joanne Shenandoah joins Symphoria for a performance of her composition, SkyWoman, on Saturday, July 21 at 8:00pm.  The concert showcases award-winning women composers as part of Symphoria’s year-long celebration of Women’s Suffrage in America.  At the Syracuse Inner Harbor, Syracuse, NY. More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of the Expressive Arts comes to a close with Family Arts Day on Sunday, July 22 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  At the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, events include a Poetry Round Robin at 1:00pm; Writers Corner at 2:00pm; performances of music from the Young Composers Corner at 3:00pm, and Sound Wandering III, a concert in the part at 4:00.  More information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The Symphoria String Quartet performs music of award-winning women composers as part of a year-long celebration of Women’s Suffrage in America.  Sunday, July 22 at 2:00pm at the May Memorial Unitarian Universality Society in Dewitt, NY.  More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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The Horned Dorset Inn Concert Series continues on Sunday, July 22 at 5:00pm with “Going Third Stream at the Colony,” featuring composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Cypress and bassist Rich Mollin.  The recital includes compositions for violin, viola, trombone, and piano/bass duo, with music Cypress created while in residency at the Horned Dorset Arts Colony.  Cocktails at 4:00pm, concert at 5:00pm, and a prix fixe dinner after the concert.  More information at www.HornedDorsetInn.com

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Symphoria celebrates Oswego with this performance featuring Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and music from John Williams.  Sunday, July 22 at 7:30pm at Fort Ontario, Oswego, NY.  More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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On Thursday, July 26 at 12:15pm, the Cranberry Dixie Band performs.  Part of the St. George’s Cathedral Summer Concert Series, with mid-day musical interludes every Thursday through August 30.  Admission is free, with a freewill offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Call 613-548-4617 or visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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On Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm, Symphoria continues its annual tradition with a family-friendly performance in Skaneateles.  This diverse program brings you music ranging from well-known classical works to music of the movies and more.  Bring a lawn chair.  Limited seating is available for $5. More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter returns for its third summer with the musical “Pippin” from legendary composer Stephen Schwartz. Featuring the famous songs “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” and “Morning Glow,” Pippin hurtles the audience through the tumult of adolescence and dawning self-awareness. Seven performances at the Bevard Studio at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Information and tickets at http://syracusesummertheatre.com.
[Contains adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.]

 Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
July 27-28, and August 3-4
Matinee on Sunday August 5 at 2PM.

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The Plainville Christian Church will be holding its first annual Plainville Folk Festival on Saturday, July 28 from 12-6:00pm at the Plainville Christian Church, 754 W. Genesee Road (Rte. 370), Plainville.  Food is available for purchase.  Performers include Steve Pfanenstiel, JoAnne Sherwood, Frankie Diamond, Sweet Lou and the Otters, Riverstone, and the Syracuse Small Pipes Society.  More information at www.PlainvilleUCC.org.

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Symphoria wraps up its summer concert series at Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY on Saturday, July 28 at 8:00pm.  Part of Honor America Days, it is a celebration on the grounds of this historic fort.  The performance features the Syracuse Pops Chorus, and includes fireworks at the conclusion of the performance, featuring the amazing cannons on site at the fort.  More information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org. (Rain date 7/29)

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On Sunday, July 29 at 3:00pm, singers and instrumentalists wrap up a 4-day workshop experience with Schola Cantorum by presenting a recital at the host venue, Grace Episcopal Church, 819 Madison Street, Syracuse.  Led by Dr. Kristina Boerger, Liamna Pestana, and Daniel Yost, the public is welcome to enjoy this recital of early music.  More information about the workshop and recital can be found at www.ScholaSyracuse.com/workshop.

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The Silverwood Clarinet Choir is pleased to present a concert at the Betts Branch Public Library on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:00pm.  This free concert includes jazz music by Stephen Foster and Scott Joplin, show tunes by Gershwin, classical music by Bizet, and new clarinet choir works by Lucien Cailliet and Marco Mazzini.  The library is at 4862 S. Salina Street in Syracuse.  More information at www.SilverwoodClarinet.com.

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The St. George’s Cathedral Summer Concert Series continues on August 2 at 12:15pm with New York violist Nora Krohn and Toronto pianist Tracy Stuchbery performing music of J.S. Bach, Rebecca Clarke, and Kenji Bunch, Admission is free, with a freewill offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Call 613-548-4617 or visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter returns for its third summer with the musical “Pippin” from legendary composer Stephen Schwartz. Featuring the famous songs “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” and “Morning Glow,” Pippin hurtles the audience through the tumult of adolescence and dawning self-awareness. Seven performances at the Bevard Studio at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Information and tickets at http://syracusesummertheatre.com.
[Contains adult themes. Parental discretion is advised.]

 Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4 at 8:00pm
Matinee on Sunday August 5 at 2PM.

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The Cooperstown Summer Concert Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season!  On Sunday, August 5 at 7:30pm, it’s an evening of music from the John Pizzarelli Trio.  This jazz trio is led by guitarist John Pizzarelli, who the Boston Globe credited with “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.”  At the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lak Street in Cooperstown.  Tickets and information at www.CooperstownMusicFest.org.

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SkanFest U is a series of seminars conducted by Skaneateles Festival Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch, and this year’s series focuses on Leonard Bernstein’s America.  Four weekly sessions, beginning Tuesday, August 7 at 3:00pm include exclusive live performances by Festival artists.  Wunsch teaches seminars on American music at The Juilliard School.  Schedule, tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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Leading up to the opening of the Skaneateles Festival is “An ‘Extraordinary’ Summer Suite,” with gourmet food, terrific music, and a beautiful Skaneateles home on the lake.  Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30pm at the home of Craig and Barbara Froelich.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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Trio Taco flute ensemble from Victoria BC performs on Thursday, August 9 at 12:15pm.  Part of the St. George’s Cathedral Summer Concert Series, the concert includes music by Derek Charke, Keith Tedman, Jack Behrens, and Maria Eduarda Martins.  Admission is free, with a freewill offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Call 613-548-4617 or visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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On Thursday, August 9 at 8:00pm, it’s the opening night of the Skaneateles Festival.  Double bassist Xavier Foley and violinist Tai Murray, perform a Festival commission by award-winning composer Derek Bermel for bass, violin, and actor.  Also performing are Festival Directors Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin, with music by Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams.  At the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

At 7:00pm join Tai Murray, Xavier Foley, and Derek Bermel for a Backstage Pass conversation, as they discuss their collaboration.

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The Skaneateles Festival welcomes the Danish String Quartet to the stage with Haydn’s “Hunt” Quartet, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor, and their own arrangements of Nordic folk music from their hit album, Wood WorksFriday, August 10 at 8:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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Saxophonist Joshua Redman returns to the Skaneateles Festival on Saturday, August 11 at 7:30pm with the Joshua Redman Quartet.  The New York Times calls Josh “one of the most effusive and engaging” jazz artists working today.  This program of jazz standards and new works will be announced from the stage at the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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The Cooperstown Summer Concert Festival continues on Sunday, August 12 at 7:30pm.  The husband-wife piano duo of Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee present a program of works for solo piano and piano four hands, including selections by Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky, Granados, and Barber.  At the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lak Street in Cooperstown.  Tickets and information at www.CooperstownMusicFest.org.

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The Arts and Music Festival at St. Stephen present Molly & The Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys, Sunday, August 12 at 4:00pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 873 DeWitt Street, Syracuse.  This high-energy, traditional style bluegrass band brings a modern flair of harmonies and hard-driving instrumentation to the stage.  This is an outdoor concert and barbeque.  More information at www.StStephenLC.com.

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The next concert in the St. George’s Cathedral Summer Concert Series features Toronto guitarist Warren Nicholson.  Nicholson made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1998, and his CD “Latin American Guitar Favorites” was released in 2013. The concert is Thursday, August 16 at 12;15pm. Admission is free, with a freewill offering collected.  The Cathedral is at 270 King Street E (at Johnson) in Kingston.  Call 613-548-4617 or visit www.StGeorgesCathedral.ca for more information.

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Guitar virtuoso and Festival favorite Eliot Fisk anchors a program of solo and ensemble music for guitar, joined by his family of musicians: his wife, guitarist Zaira Meneses; and his daughter, Raquel Fisk.  The Syracuse native brings works of Bach, Vivaldi, Soler, Ravel and Rodrigo to the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles on Thursday, August 16 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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On Friday, August 17 at 8:00pm the Skaneateles Festival presents “America Singing.”  The Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights return to Skaneateles, this time with 13 singers, to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, with favorites and little-known songs and ensemble music.  At the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

A Prelude Concert featuring 2017 Robinson Award Winner, violinist Hannah Kang, begins at 7:00pm. This Prelude Concert is free for ticket holders.

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Skaneateles goes Broadway, as the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights continue their celebration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.  Saturday, August 18 at 7:30pm, the Skaneateles Festival presents, Bernstein’s “Candide.”  At Robinson’s Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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It’s KidsFest at SkanFest, when the Skaneateles Festival presents an interactive program for kids of all ages.  You’ll learn how we use songs to tell stories, with “Bernstein on Broadway with The Knights,” at the Mandana Barn, 1274 Lacy Road, Skaneateles.  Sunday, August 19 at 2:00pm.   Tickets and more information at www.SkanFest.org.

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