Musical Notes & Events

MUSICAL NOTES

 

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Melos presents “A Star in the East II,” Advent and Christmas music from west to east, 12th to 18th centuries, with period poetry readings.  Experience the roots of the season in Coptic and Gregorian chants, Sufi dances, early Celtic and Armenian carols, and music of Hildegard, Gesualdo, Gabrieli, and Charpentier.  Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm at St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  Tickets are $5 to $25.  Information at melos-earlymusic.org.

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You’ve heard Cliff Eberhart’s lyrics and voice on commercials for Coke and Chevy.  On Friday, December 2 at 8:00pm, the Folkus Project presents Cliff Eberhart in concert, with special guest Louise Mosrie.  The concert is held at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. Tickets and information at www.folkus.org.

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It’s a Magical Christmas at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion, 930 James Street in Syracuse.  This festive Open House goes from 10:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, December 3.  Enjoy carolers, surprises, a holiday train set, and more.  There is also Breakfast with Santa from 10:30am to 11:30am, and Storytime with Santa from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.  Tickets and reservations at www.grbarnes.org.

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The Nutcracker returns!  The Syracuse City Ballet is presenting 3 full performances of this timeless classic, as well as two abbreviated performances of “A Children’s Nutcracker” for school groups.  Full performances are Saturday, December 3 at 1:00pm and 6:00pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 2:00pm at the Crouse Hinds Theater at the Oncenter.  “A Children’s Nutcracker” will be presented on Friday, December 2 at 10:00am and Noon.  Reservations are already being taken for “A Children’s Nutcracker,” and tickets (including season subscriptions) are available via Ticketmaster.com and at SyracuseCityBallet.com.

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The Highland Winds Clarinet Quartet will be presenting two free chamber music concerts featuring season favorites during the first week of December.  For details, visit www.HighlandWinds.org.  The concert dates are:

 

Saturday, December 3 at 2:00pm
The Soule Branch Library, corner of Salt Springs and Springfield Roads, Syracuse

 

Sunday, December 4 at 2:30pm
Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay

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Multi-Grammy and CMA award-winning fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor comes to the Smith Opera House with the O’Connor Band on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00pm.  Reserved tickets are $35 for the Golden Circle, $25 for General Seating, and $18 for children.  The Smith Opera House (and box office) are located at 82 Seneca Street, or you may visit thesmith.org or call 315-781-5483 for more information and tickets.

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The Arts at Grace series celebrates the 2016 holiday season with a concert entitles “A Celtic Christmas” by the Cayuga Vocal ensemble at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 4.  The event takes place at the Homer Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer.  A reception for the audience and CVE members will take place after the concert.  Admission is Free.  Visit www.Cayuga-vocal.org for more information.

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Nine church choirs and clergy from Fayetteville, Manlius, and Dewitt will offer an ecumenical service of Advent Lessons and Carols as a peaceful and intentional way of anticipating Christmas. This is an annual event including approximately 100 singers. Ron Hebert serves as choirmaster, and Aaron Sprague as organist. Belle Aire Handbell Trio will offer the Prelude.  This free concert takes place at 7:00pm on Sunday, December 4. 

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The Hendricks Chapel Choir in collaboration with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble are pleased to present Holidays at Hendricks on Sunday, December 4th at 7:30pm. An ongoing CNY tradition, Holidays will once again feature guest ensembles from the Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music including the International Award-Winning Syracuse University Singers under the direction of Dr. John Warren, and Windjammer, SU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Prof. Jeff Welcher, as well as the Syracuse University Women’s Choir and Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Elisa Dekaney and Dr. Peppie Calvar respectively.  Visit http://hendricks.syr.edu/events/holiday/ for more information.

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Orchestra Kingston presents Handel’s “Messiah,” with the Kingston Choral Society.  Enjoy a full performance of Handel’s best known work on Friday, December 9th at 7:30pm at Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston.  Tickets are $20-$25, available at the door or through the website.  Children under12 admitted free.  Information at manager@orchestrakingston.ca, or a www.orchestrakingston.ca.

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Syracuse Vocal Ensemble presents “All-You-Can-Eat Christmas Pie,” the annual holiday concert followed by their traditional pie reception.  Artistic Director, Yunn-Shan Ma leads the ensemble in works by Ariel Quintana, select Christmas works by Robert Shaw and Kirby Shaw, and the Pentatonix arrangement of “Mary, Did You Know?”  Two performances:

 

Saturday, December 10, 7:30PM at Holy Cross Church

4112 E. Genesee Street, DeWitt

 

Sunday, December 11, 3:00PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

 

Tickets and Information 315-450-7887 or SyracuseVocalEnsemble.org

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On Sunday, December 11 at 2:30pm, the B Sharp Music Club will present a free concert at the Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 south Park Row, Clinton.  Performers include Lisa Jones, Joanna Robertson, Beth Evans, Kristin Hahn, Rayna Schneider, Fiona & Bob Peters, Stephanie Mata, and Arthur Durando.  A holiday reception follows the concert.  Visit www.bsharpcny.org for more information.

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Theatre Du Jour presents “The Santaland Diaries” at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion on Sunday, December 11 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.  The evening includes music and a cocktail hour, contests and giveaways, and evening of dinner theatre, and opportunities to connect with the actor.  Cocktail hour begins at 5:00, dinner is served at 6:00, and the show begins at 7:00.  Tickets and information available at www.grbarnes.org.

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The Mohawk Valley Choral Society, under the direction of its artistic director Randy Davis, will present its winter concert, Sing Christmas!, at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 11 at the Church of the Holy Family in Little Falls.  The concert includes music of the season from various cultures and around the world.  Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 on the day of the concert.  Visit ww.mvchoral.org or call 315-826-3092 for more information.

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The Kingston Chamber Choir presents Songs of Delight,  Saturday Dec. 11 at 2:30 pm at St. Georges Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  Kingston native, Toronto actor/raconteur Richard Partington will read Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” with choral intermezzi.  Also featured is the the children’s choir of the Mulberry Waldorf School.  St. George’s Cathedral organist, Michael Capon, will join the ensemble for a carol sing. Information and tickets at http://www.kingstonchamberchoir.ca/

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The Folkus Project presents Guy Davis in concert at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved.  He says “I want to uplift and create something that causes delight.”  The concert is Friday, December 16 at 8:00pm.  Tickets and information at www.folkus.org.

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Symphoria presents Home for the Holidays!  Ring in the holidays with Symphoria, dancers, the Syracuse Pops Chorus, the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, and special guests, as well as a visit from Santa.  Guest vocalist Danan Tsan joins conductor Sean O’Loughlin and Symphoria in the Crouse-Hinds Theater for this Pops concert.  Three performances:  Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 17 at 1:30pm and 7:30 pm.  Visit www.ExperienceSymphoria.org for more information and tickets.

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The Northwest Family YMCA is holding a free Acoustic Music Jam on Sunday, December 18 from 2:00-4:00pm.  Traditional, folk, country, Bluegrass, rock and pop music is welcome.  The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike.  No registration is required.  Bring your instrument and a music stand.  Come to join the fun or just listen.  The Jam is hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel. Learn more at www.ycny.org, or call 315-303-5966, ext. 225.

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It’s the Third Annual New Year’s Eve Bash at the Mansion on Saturday, December 31 from 9:00pm to 1:00am.  This year’s theme is 1950s Mad Men.  Your ticket includes appetizers and desserts, a champagne toast at midnight, and two levels of parties to enjoy.  Guests 21 and older only, please, at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion, 930 James Street, Syracuse.  Visit www.grbarnes.org for tickets and more information.

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