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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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The Cazenovia Community Band will be performing on Sunday, August 21 at 2:00pm during the Syracuse Cereamic Guild’s 36th Annual Pottery Fair.  The fair runs Saturday and Sunday at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  Admission is $5 per person, with children admitted free.  Refreshments will be for sale.  For more information, contact Shawn Rommevaux at 315-751-2529 or smrommev@syr.edu.

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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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Join A Little Summer Music in Vienna with “Music for Piano and Winds” on Sunday, August 21 at 3:00pm at the Vienna Methodist Church, 2410 Route 13 & 49 in Vienna.  In concert – the Lafayette Road Chamber Players, Allan Kolsky, clarinet; Jillian Honn, oboe; Sue David; bassoon, Jon Garland, horn; and Sar Shalom Strong, piano, with music of Mozart and Beethoven.  The venue is handicapped accessible and climate controlled with individual seating.  For more information, call 315-558-0135, e-mail Stephen.Carpenter.Art@gmail.com, or visit “Little Summer Music in Vienna” on Facebook.

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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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The Jewell Chamber Players take the stage once again for the closing concert of A Little Summer Music on Sunday, August 28 at 3:00pm at the Vienna Methodist Church, 2410 Route 13 & 49 in Vienna.  Peter Rovit, violin; Gregory Wood, cello; and Sar Shalom Strong, piano, perform works by Beethoven, Babadanian, and Debussy.  The venue is handicapped accessible and climate controlled with individual seating.  For more information, call 315-558-0135, e-mail Stephen.Carpenter.Art@gmail.com, or visit “Little Summer Music in Vienna” on Facebook.

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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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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 concludes on Thursday, September 1 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on the east side of Syracuse with a celebration at Le Moyne Plaza, the three million dollar investment that Le Moyne College made for the surrounding Fayette-Salt Springs neighborhood. Nuf Said, the hard-hitting Brooklyn based neo-funk horn band that opened last year’s Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival will perform to close the series. Since the release of their debut album entitled “My Kind”, Nuf Said has been featured at concerts, festivals, TV, and radio stations throughout the U.S.A, Europe, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.  All concerts in the series are free!  Visit www.CNYJazzInTheCity.org for more information.

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It’s “Passion, Past and Present” at the Skaneateles Festival, Thursday, September 1 at 8:00pm.  The timeless Passion story of life, death, and transformation has inspired artists for thousands of years. In an innovative program perfectly suited to the church stage, we pair the music of J. S. Bach with modern master (and Hilary Hahn favorite) David Lang, a 2016 Academy Award nominee for best film score. The Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra the Knights join vocal ensemble Ekmeles for a program of Bach’s exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, his Cantata, BWV 40 (with organ), and Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, an unforgettable work of fragile beauty based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.skanfest.org.

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The Skaneateles Festival presents “Tango Tour” on Friday, September 2 at 8:00pm.  It takes two to tango, but imagine what nine can do, in a program that culminates with Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s high octane nonet, Last Round. The Brooklyn-based Knights, “spirited and vital” (New York Times), lead us on a tango tour, which follows the world’s most romantic dance around the globe, as it inspires composers from Ravel to Stravinsky to the great tango nuevo master Astor Piazzolla.

The concert is held at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee Street, Skaneateles.  Tickets and more information at www.skanfest.org.

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The Skaneateles Festival comes to a close with their season finale on Saturday, September 3 at 7:30pm.  Known for their hip and innovative programs, the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights bring their “camaraderie and shared enthusiasm” (New York Times) to a wide range of music, from Vivaldi (Concerto for Two Cellos) and Mozart (Symphony No. 29) to Brazilian bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and Brooklyn’s own singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. “Is there another orchestra that seems to be having as much fun when it plays as the Knights do?” (New York Times)  It all takes place at Anyela’s Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles.  Tickets and information at www.skanfest.org.

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Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm, Grammy award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson conquers Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.  Arguably the most demanding of all Romantic concertos, and equally electrifying, “Rach 3” is an immense challenge that will showcase Ohlsson’s stunning virtuosity.  Conductor Lawrence Loh leads Symphoria in this Masterworks concert, which also includes Kabalevsky’s Overture to Colas Breugnon and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.  Visit www.ExperienceSymphoria.org for more information and tickets.

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The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents “Impressions: Works by Debussy, Bax and Ravel” on Sunday, September 11 at 4:00pm.  Artists Linda Chesis, flute, Jun Han, harp, and Dimitri Murrath, viola, merge their individual skills to explore a range of repertoire rich in color, texture and imagination.  The concert is held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street in Cooperstown.  Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.  Visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information.

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