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Syracuse Summer Theatre at the Oncenter is a new theater company supported by the Oncenter.  The inaugural production is Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret.”  All performances take place at the BeVard Studio Theatre at the OnCenter.  Tickets are $30 (including all fees) and are on sale now at Ticketmaster or the Oncenter websites.  Look for Syracuse Summer Theatre on Facebook for more information!  Performance dates are:

8:00pm on Friday, 7/22

8:00pm on Saturday, 7/23

8:00pm on Friday, 7/29

8:00pm on Saturday, 7/30

Matinee at 2:00pm on Sunday, 7/31

 

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Our Rising Stars Alumni return to Cazenovia for an evening concert on Saturday, July 23 at 7:30pm at the Route 20 Sofa Company, 3208 Route 20 in Cazenovia.  Cazenovia Counterpoint welcomes the return of tenor Dominick Corbacio, soprano Trish Albright, and violinist Shelby Dems, accompanied by pianist Sar Shalom Strong, for this exciting evening.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors & students, and FREE for those 18 & under – or for those who are sketching or coloring during the concert!  Visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org for more information.

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On Sunday, July 24 at 3:00pm, the Sackets Harbor Historical Society’s Concerts on the Waterfront presents Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb.  Loren and Mark present stunning guitar duets with harmonizing vocals from their varied repertoire of original and arranged pieces.  The interaction between these two musicians is as much a feature of their shows as is the world-class guitar performance.  It’s a concert on the lawn at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.  Admission is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted.  More information at SacketsHarborHistoricalSociety.org.

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The Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival of Music and Arts concludes with Family Arts Day on July 24 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  The afternoon schedule is:

1:00pm – Poetry Round Robin on the Hilltop, led by David Hitchcock

2:00pm – Readings of the works written by participants in the Young Composers Corner

3:30pm – Sound Wandering: Art, Music & Nature, the premiere of a new work by Edward Ruchalski

All followed by ice cream and lemonade under the trees!  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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It’s an evening of the best duets from opera and operetta as the Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series welcomes sopranos Claire de Sevigne and Aviva Fortunata on Saturday, July 30 at 7:15pm.  Pianist Jenna Douglas from the Canadian Opera Company will accompany these talented singers.  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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The annual Summer Singers’ Workshop of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse will conclude with a free performance, open to the public, featuring a capella vocal music of the Renaissance composer, Orlando di Lasso.  The performance will take place at Grace Church near Syracuse University, at the corner of University Avenue and Madison Street at 3:00pm on Sunday, July 31.  For more information, visit ScholaCantorumOfSyracuse.org.

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The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival continues on Friday, August 5 at 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street in Cooperstown.  Festival artistic director Linda Chesis joins the Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel and Sae Chonabayashi, violins; Sam Quintal, viola and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) with works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Amy Beach. The Quartet is named for Jasper National Park in Alberta Canada. It was there on a residency at the Banff Centre that the Quartet embarked on “guerilla chamber music,” performing in non-traditional places around Alberta, including a mountain-top performance in 40 degree weather.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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On Saturday, August 6 at 3:15pm, the Gryphon Trio returns to the Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series for the fourth time.  A two-time JUNO award winner, and winner of the 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the Gryphon promises to be a highlight of the season.  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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Sunday, August 7 at 2:00pm, it’s a Skaneateles Festival Throwback Concert in celebration of St. James Episcopal Church’s Bicentennial Anniversary.  Lindsay Groves is serving at the Artistic Director for this one-time-only, special concert.  Lindsay started the Skaneateles Festival in 1980, and is welcoming 4 SkanFest musicians for this concert featuring Schubert’s String Trio in B-flat, Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet.  Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door of St. James, 96 east Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Visit www.skanfest.org for more information.

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Celebrate Sinatra at 100 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown, NY.  It’s all part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival.  Saxophonist Loren Schoenberg, pianist John DiMartino, bassist Mike Kam, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, and drummer Aaron Kimmel present an instrumental tribute to Frank Sinatra on Sunday, August 7 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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Bill Knowlton’s 44th Annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is back!  Sunday, August 7 from 10:00am to 7:00pm, at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York, NY, a great lineup of bands will play all day long.  Food and beverages are available, arts & crafts vendors and band tables with CDs and bluegrass souvenirs – and once again, a guitar raffle!  The picnic is free, and all of the bands donate their musical services.  It’s all under the big tent, so weather is not a worry!  The Bluegrass Picnic is the longest-running bluegrass and acoustic oldtime country music event in New York State and New England.  Visit www.wcny.org for more information!

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The Skaneateles Festival present “Lessons with Bach,” a series of classes and workshops.  In this Class series, students will learn historical context, listening, and performances as they immerse themselves in the world of J.S. Bach.  Festival Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch presents musical study, multimedia presentations, and exclusive live performances of Bach’s music by festival artists, at close range.  Advance registration is required.  Classes take place from 3:00pm to 4:00pm every Tuesday in August (8/9, 8/16, 8/23 & 8/30), and are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  More information at www.skanfest.org.

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“Lessons with Bach: Workshops” are a month-long immersion course during the Skaneateles Festival.  Students learn ear training, fundamentals of reading a score, and basic composition as they immerse themselves in the musical world of J.S. Bach.  Festival Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch presents these workshops throughout the month of August.  Advance registration is required.  Workshops take place from 4:15pm to 5:15pm every Tuesday in August (8/9, 8/16, 8/23 & 8/30), and are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  More information at www.skanfest.org.

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On Wednesday, August 10 at 11:00am, the Skaneateles Festival presents “Gather!  Music & Stories with Susan Reed.”  Back by popular demand, Parent’s Choice winner Susan Reed returns for a new participatory program featuring her own hit songs and music on violin, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer.  This FREE concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street in Downtown Skaneateles.  More information at www.skanfest.org.

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The acclaimed JAZZ IN THE CITY Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series returns in 2016 with a full slate of four concerts featuring national and local jazz artists, plus talented community performers and students from the Syracuse City Schools. The series kicks off on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm with a mini-festival at Dunk & Bright on South Salina Street, with the Elk Pride Step Dancers opening the show, followed by what has become a tradition at this concert, a performance by the blockbuster fourteen-piece RnB Tribute Band, The Black Lites with special guest vocalist Ricky Chisholm, veteran of regional touring bands including Atlas and C.R.A.C.  All concerts in the series are free!  Visit www.CNYJazzInTheCity.org for more information.

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It’s Opening Night at the Skaneateles Festival on Thursday, August 11 at 8:00pm, with a new season AND a new venue!  The new season kicks off with everything we love about the Festival: outstanding soloists and ensembles, including the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, harpist Bridget Kibbey (“a marvel,” New York Times), and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violinist Ian Swensen; a diverse range of moving and surprising music, by Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Janácek, and the Academy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano; and the chemistry that makes it all magic.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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The Skaneateles Festival presents “Paris 1900” on Friday, August 12 at 8:00pm.  Spend an evening immersed in the glamorous and imaginative world of turn-of-the-century Paris. The Parker Quartet brings their “exceptional virtuosity” (Washington Post) to Ravel’s String Quartet; harpist Bridget Kibbey joins them for André Caplet’s entrancing Conte Fantastique, based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe; and the evening ends with Ernest Chausson’s opulent and romantic Concerto for String Quartet, Violin, and Piano, featuring award-winning violinist Ian Swensen.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Don’t miss the historic first festival concert at the Robinson Pavilion, at Anyela’s Vineyards. See and hear what is possible at the new amphitheater when the Skaneateles Festival Orchestra fills the stage under the baton of Tito Muñoz, “a major talent in the making” (Cincinnati Enquirer). As you look out over the lake, hear Mozart’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 4 (with Ian Swensen, violin); Philip Glass’s ode to Nature and exploration, Piano Concerto No. 2 (“After Lewis and Clark”); and Beethoven’s timeless Seventh Symphony.  It all takes place Saturday, August 13 at 7:30pm at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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The Arts and Music Festival at St. Stephen presents Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook, the SAMMY Award winning rhythm and blues dance band.  All are welcome to an afternoon of good music and an outdoor barbecue on Sunday, August 14 at 4:00pm at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 876 Dewitt Street, Syracuse.  A suggested free-will offering of $10 is appreciated, and children are free!  Call 315-479-9912 for more information.

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The Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series closes their season on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:15pm.  The Canadian Guitar Quartet will take the stage for an energetic end to the season.  The CGQ has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world since its debut in 1999.  Tickets are $35 and include refreshments during intermission.  The concert his held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Amherst Island.  For more information, visit www.watersidemusic.ca.

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It’s a special event at the Skaneateles Festival – Summer Suite with Hilary Hahn & Friends.  This intimate evening begins with Hilary Hahn’s return to the Festival for a special One-Night-Only concert alongside two of her favorite colleagues, pianist Natalie Zhu, and cellist Robert deMaine. Then, in the tradition of our popular “Summer Suite” event, the evening continues with an elegant post-concert dessert and wine reception at a beautiful home nearby.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30pm.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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The acclaimed JAZZ IN THE CITY Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series returns in 2016 with a full slate of four concerts featuring national and local jazz artists, plus talented community performers and students from the Syracuse City Schools.  On Thursday, August 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, the series moves to the West side for a concert at Strada Mia 313, at the corner of Geddes Street and Park Ave. Park Avenue will be closed, and the restaurant will offer outdoor and indoor dining. Brian Simpson, music director for superstars including Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, will appear with his band, and will feature a return appearance by Barbados-born saxophonist Elan Trotman, who has toured and performed with Michael McDonald, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, and many others, and has logged seven Top 25 Billboard Contemporary Jazz singles. Ronnie Leigh will entertain in Strada Mia before and after the concert. All concerts in the series are free!  Visit www.CNYJazzInTheCity.org for more information.

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On Thursday, August 18 at 8:00pm, it’s “The Good Song” at the Skaneateles Festival.

The program offers three different ways to sing your heart out: Fauré’s achingly lyrical cycle of love songs, LA bonne chanson (The Good Song), in a setting for string quartet, piano, and the “commanding” Met Opera baritone John Moore (New York Times); the raucous folk songs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian’s Trio for violin, clarinet, and piano; and opera great Richard Strauss’s ardent and fiery Piano Quartet in C Minor.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents Bach and Sons at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River Street in Cooperstown.  Artists Ayano Nimomiya, violin; Linda Chesis, flute; Quinn Bernegger, tenor; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord, take the stage for this performance.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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On the 100th anniversary of the word “jazz,” the Skaneateles Festival considers the question everyone was asking back then: “What IS jazz?” This diverse and diverting program looks at the many ways jazz has crossed paths with traditional concert music, in works ranging from Gershwin to Bernstein to Coltrane to Wynton Marsalis’s String Quartet (At the Octoroon Balls) to Francis Poulenc’s raucous music hall entertainment for nine, Le bal masqué (The Masked Ball).  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles on Friday, August 19 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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On Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm, a legend comes to Skaneateles: world-famous trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the nine-time Grammy winner and international star, brings the entire Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the new stage at Anyela’s. More than a back-up band, this 15-piece ensemble brings together the top soloists and arrangers on the scene. It’s an opportunity to hear the finest voices in jazz today.  It all takes place at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Travel “From Opera Stage to Broadway to Piano Bar” with Isaac Assor and David Baskeyville.  Join baritone Isaac and pianist David on Sunday, August 21 at 3:00pm for a night on the town in New York City.  Hear the golden age of Broadway with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with modern classics by Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown, followed by favorites from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.  End your night listening to classics from the Great American Songbook with music from singer/songwriters like Billy Joel, Elton John, and Carole King.  It’s a concert on the lawn at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.  Admission is free, however, donations are gratefully accepted.  More information at SacketsHarborHistoricalSociety.org.

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The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents Hopkinson Smith with an evening of Elizabethen Lute Music.  The concert takes place at Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown, NY on Sunday, August 21 at 5:30pm.  It’s lute music by John Dowland, John Johnson, and Anthony Holborne in an evening of masterpieces from the 1580s and 90s.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org.

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The Skaneateles Festival presents Music Workshops for students of all ages and levels.  Your workshop presenters are the SkanFest Artistic Directors, Julia Bruskin, cello, and Aaron Wunsch, piano.  Advance registration is required for the workshops on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  More information at www.skanfest.org.

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The acclaimed JAZZ IN THE CITY Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series returns in 2016 with a full slate of four concerts featuring national and local jazz artists, plus talented community performers and students from the Syracuse City Schools.  The next installment in the series takes place on Thursday, August 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Little Italy, Syracuse’s Historic North Side, in the 700 Block, across from Attilio’s Restaurant. Outdoor and indoor dining will also be available at Attilio’s and other nearby restaurants. National sensation Nick Colionne will be making his first appearance in Syracuse at this event. Colionne, Chicago-born vocalist and guitarist who has been compared to O.C. Smith and George Benson, will bring his background as key member of the Staples Singers, Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions and Natalie Cole to this concert, as well as his string of Top 10 Smooth Jazz hits. All concerts in the series are free!  Visit www.CNYJazzInTheCity.org for more information.

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Thursday, August 25 at 8:00pm, the Skaneateles Festival presents “In Motion.”  Four diverse selections show music’s ability to embody physical movement: the balletic arabesques of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano (featuring Grammy winner Todd Palmer); millennial fave Nico Muhly’s infectious buildup of momentum, Motion, for string quartet, clarinet, and piano; Prokofiev’s jet-propelled Cello Sonata; and Shostakovich’s masterpiece in neo-Baroque dance rhythms, the Piano Quintet.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Experience “Night” with the Borromeo Quartet at the Skaneateles Festival on Friday, August 26 at 8:00pm.  Hear why the Boston-based Borromeo Quartet has a reputation as “simply the best there is” (Boston Globe). The widely lauded foursome brings its “searching musical insight” (Chicago Tribune) to Haydn’s Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, featuring a proto-Nocturne slow movement; modern master (and 2001: A Space Odyssey composer) Gorgy Liggett’s virtuosic Night Metamorphoses; and Brahms’ lush and romantic serenade, the great Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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It’s a KidsFest event at the Skaneateles Festival on Saturday, August 27 at 11:00am when Time for Three takes the stage.  The superstar trio is a favorite with kids and grown-ups alike – they fiddle like no one else, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Don’t miss their unique combo of classical, bluegrass, jazz, and country. FREE and open to all ages!  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  More information at www.skanfest.org.

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Time for Three moves to the amphitheater at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road in Skaneateles, as SkanFest presents “Dance!”  The superstar fiddlers of Time for Three return to Skaneateles: experience them like never. In a historic first, the Festival presents dancers, as brilliant up-and-coming choreographer Austin McCormick brings three members of his trendsetting Company XIV to share the stage. Sparks are sure to fly when these two charismatic trios join together for the first time.  The concert takes place Saturday, August 27 at 7:30pm.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Experience traditional Gypsy flamenco dance in its purest form on Sunday, August 28 at 7:30pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown.  The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival brings the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company to the floor for “Tablao Sevilla.”  Flamenco guitarist Angel Ruiz joins dancers Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez for an evening of authentic Flamenco.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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