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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series returns on Wednesday, February 20 at 12:15pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive, Dewitt.  This week, clarinetist Allan Kolsky and pianist Sar Shalom-Strong.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Hear Symphoria “play with the blood” as Associate Conductor Christian Capocaccia leads the orchestra in traditional and contemporary music from the popular Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle.  Friday, February 22 at 7:30pm at the Sky Armory, 351 South Clinton Street, Syracuse.  Tickets and information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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Symphoria Kids’ series presents “A Melodic Life.”  Trace the life of Bob, a lighthearted melody, from childhood to middle age.  Bob experiences many of life’s events such as going to school, playing sports, and even getting a job.  Saturday, February 23 at 10:30am in Inspiration Hall, 709 James Street, Syracuse.  Symphoria’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10:00am, prior to all Kids’ series performances.  More information and tickets at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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On Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm, Orchestra Kingston presents “Organ and Orchestra,” with Michael Capon, organ, offering a unique concert of music for organ and orchestra.  At St. George’s Cathedral, 700 King Street East, in Kingston.  Tickets and more information available at www.OrchestraKingston.ca.

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John Price and The Usual Suspects perform contemporary folk at Steeple Coffee House on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm.  Suggested entry donation provides entertainment, a dessert, and coffee or tea.  At the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville.  Visit www.TheUCF.org or see Steeple Coffee House on Facebook.

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The Society for New Music presents “Creation: A Celebration” a multi-media performance piece on Sunday, February 24 at 2:30pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive, Fayetteville.  Poetry and concept by David Hitchcock, music by area composers, with visuals and projected images by Lorne Covington and David Harper.  More information and tickets at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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Duo Sonidos is coming to Unity Hall, 101 Vanderkemp Ave, Barneveld, NY, on Sunday, February 24 at 3:00pm for a CD Release concert.  Violinist William Knuth and guitarist Adam Levin will perform music from their new CD, Wild Dance, followed by a reception.  This is the first of three volumes by Duo Sonidos of new transcriptions culled from the repertoire of vocal and violin chamber music.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite, or at the door.  More information at www.UnityHall.com.

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Pegasus Early Music presents “Fandango,” a musical celebration of 17th century music and dance from Spain and the New World, including Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico.  Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester.  Pre-concert talk at 3:15pm.  Tickets and information at www.PegasusEarlyMusic.org.

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On Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse presents “Cantigas de Santa Maria,” the first in a series of concerts exploring the musical and poetic treasures of this remarkable repertoire from the court of Alfonso X el Sabio (the wise), king of Castile, Léon, and Galicia.  Liamna Pestana and Daniel Yost lead an ensemble of period instrumentalists and Schola singers.  At Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road in Dewitt.  More information at www.ScholaSyracuse.com.

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists Kingston Centre presents organist Sarah Svendsen in concert at St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30pm,. The magnificent Cathedral organ was restored and expanded in 2012 and is now the largest pipe organ in the region. Admission is pay-what-you-can to defray expenses.  Visit www.rcco-kingston.ca for more information.

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, February 27 at 12:15pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This week, pianists Ida Tili-Trebicka and Fred Karpoff.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Melos Choir and Period Instruments will celebrate in their usual Baroque-ly fashion on Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm with their Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser.  An evening of music, drama, food, drink, and all-around revelry.  The event includes a silent auction.  At the Italo-Canadian Club, 1174 Italia Lane, Kingston.  (Snow date, March 2.)  Tickets and information at www.Melos-EarlyMusic.org.

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The Folkus Project returns to the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse on Friday, March 1 at 8:00pm.  Laura Love is an award-winning “folk-funk” singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring the world since the early 90s.  She has released 11 CDs, and composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions.  More information and tickets at www.FolkUS.org.

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The Frisson Ensemble offers a varied program from virtuosic solo music to music for chamber orchestra.  The Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the Frisson Ensemble to the stage at the H.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30pm.  The program includes Debussy’s Syrinx, music by Mozart and Martinu, and a performance of Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.  More information at www.SyracuseFriendsOfChamberMusic.org.

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“Détente: The Musical Peace Between the U.S. and Russia” is the next program of music from CMM In Recital Live!  Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, flutist Martha Grener, cellist Greg Wood, and pianist Sar-Shalom Strong present selections from Norman Dello Joio, Sergei Prokofiev, Marc Mellits, and Nikolai Kapustin.  More information and tickets at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Writer, Singer, Performer Ellis will be performing a house concert on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm at 6824 Henderson Road, Jamesville.  Ellis has been a four-time guest on A Prairie Home Companion, and won more than a dozen songwriting and performance awards.  Tickets for the house concert are available by e-mailing StirlingCousins@gmail.com.

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, March 6 at 12:15pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This week, violinist Peter Rovit, violist Arvilla Rovit, and pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Symphoria principal flutist Xue Su is featured in Lowell Liebermann’s virtuosic Concerto for Flute and Orchestra on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm in the Crouse-Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Conductor Lawrence Loh leads Symphoria in this concert which also includes Strauss’ depiction of musical trickster Till Eulenspiegel, and Schumann’s Third Symphony.  Information and tickets at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble presents “Winter Into Spring,” conducted by Julie Pretzat.  Works on winter and spring texts, including Poulenc’s Un Soir de Neige, Debussy’s Trios Chansons, choruses from Haydn’s The Seasons, several Renaissance pieces, and more.  Information and tickets at www.SyracuseVocalEnsemble.org.

Two Performances:

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive, Fayetteville

Sunday, March 10 at 3:00pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 232 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse

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On Sunday, March 10 at 4:00pm, the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble brings its Spring Chamber Concert to the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora Street.  It’s an all-Beethoven concert, including a performance of his “Archduke” Piano Trio.  More information and tickets at www.FingerLakesChamberEnsemble.com.

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, March 13 at 12:15pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This week, guitarist Timothy Schmidt.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Musicians from the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra join forces with the Tompkins County Public Library again for the second of their family concerts, featuring live music and captivating stories.  The musicians help to bring a “note-worthy” children’s book to life, and children have an opportunity to try out the instruments following the storytime and performance.  This event is free!  Thursday, March 14 at 4:00pm at the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca.  More information at www.CCOIthaca.org.

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The Folkus Project 2019 Winter/Spring Season continues on Friday, March 15 at 8:00pm at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  Ithaca’s troubadour Joe Crookston blends guitar, story songs, energy, humor, and rhythm to fill the house.  More information and tickets at www.FolkUS.org.

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The Society for New Music and the MOST present a family-friendly event on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm.  First, the world premiere of “Larger Than Us,” a work with live music and video from composer Paul Leary, followed by Charles Fussell’s chamber opera, “The Astronaut’s Tale.”  The program celebrates the 50th anniversary of America’s Apollo 8 mission to the lunar orbit.  There will also be playtime near the Hubble exhibit with Leary’s computerized bicycle wheels at 3:00pm, followed by a panel discussion and open dress rehearsal at 4:00pm.  At the MOST, 500 S. Franklin Street, Syracuse.  More information at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra presents “Partners in Time,” Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm.  Partnerships between musicians and arts organizations are key for making the cultural scene in Ithaca so rich.  In that spirit, CCO introduces a new work by NY composer Karen LeFrak.  In addition, saxophonist Steven Mauk is the soloist for Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto.  And the Youth Orchestra joins the CCO musicians on state for a side-by-side piece.  A benefit auction for the orchestra begins at 6:00pm.  All at Ford Hall on the Ithaca College Campus, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca.  More information and tickets at www.CCOIthaca.org.

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The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley is presenting a concert on Sunday, March 17 at 2:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 1:30pm at the Clinton Performing Arts Center, 75 Chenango Ave, Clinton.  (This is the reschedule of the January concert postponed due to severe weather.)  Featured artists from the Juilliard Opera Department include soprano Kathleen O’Mara and baritone Gregory Feldman with a program highlighting music of Clinton natives Ben Moore and Ben Phelps.  Maestro Charles Schneider conducts.  More information and tickets at www.ClintonSymphonyOrchestra.org.

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On Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm, Maestro Lawrence Loh leads Symphoria with a program featuring music by Delius, Brahms, Pärt, and Mozart.  Part of the Spark series, where the concerts have an informal flair and take place at locations that influence the selection and interpretation of the music.  At St. Paul’s Syracuse, 310 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Tickets and information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:15pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This week, Ronald Caravan, clarinet and saxophone, and Sar Shalom-Strong, piano.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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On Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm, the Escher String Quartet performs music by Haydn, Bartok and Smetana.  It’s all part of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music season, at the H.W. Smith School, 1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse.  This New York-based quartet has made a rapid rise since its founding in 2005.  More information at www.SyracuseFriendsOfChamberMusic.org.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott.  Experience the mystery and fund of their adventure on the big screen, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by Symphoria under conductor Sean O’Loughlin.  Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm in the Crouse-Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Tickets and information at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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The Morgenstern Trio has established themselves on international stages, and on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30pm, the trio comes to the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee Street, Utica.  Part of the 78th season of the Chamber Music Society of Utica, the program includes trios by Tailleferre, Ravel, and Chausson.  More information and tickets at www.UticaChamberMusic.org.

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The CMM Wednesday Recital Series continues on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:15pm at Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 East Fayette Street, Syracuse.  This week, soprano Katie North Peck and pianist Kathleen Haddock.  These concerts are free and open to the public.  More information at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine comes to Syracuse for a concert with Symphoria on Friday, March 30 at 7:30pm in the Crouse-Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Pine joins Symphoria, led by Maestro Lawrence Loh, for Brahms Violin Concerto in D. Major, Op. 77.  The concert concludes with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.  More information and tickets at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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A recent review said “Matt Nakoa is a musical adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate.”  Matt performs on Friday, March 30 at 8:00pm as part of The Folkus Project 2019 Winter/Spring Season at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse.  More information and tickets at www.FolkUS.org.

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Vision of Sound comes to the Carrier Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, on Sunday, March 31 at 3:00pm.  Presented by the Society for New Music, the program features live music from six regional composers, choreographed by six regional dancers.  More information and tickets at www.SocietyForNewMusic.org.

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