Musical Notes

Musical Notes
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The United Presbyterian Church of Cortland, 25 Church Street, hosts Advent Eats & Ears every Friday from December 2 to 23 at 12:15 pm.  Half hour programs featuring music of the season for organs an instruments.  Come and go as you need, and bring your lunch to enjoy if you wish.  More at www.UnitedPresbyterian.net.

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On Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm, Melos Choir and Period Instruments under the artistic direction of Holly Gwynne-Timothy presents “Of Darkening Days & Beckoning Stars.”  Seasonal music and poetry from the 9th to the 21st Centuries, including works by D’Orleans, Shakespeare, Blind, Campion, Lassus, Bach and more.  At St. John the Apostle Church, 88 Patrick Street in Kingston, ON.  Information and tickets at www.Melos-EarlyMusic.org.

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The tradition continues, when Syracuse City Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet.  A seasonal tradition for children and adults alike.  At the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.  Information and tickets at www.SyracuseCityBallet.com.

Four Performances

Friday, December 2 at 6:00pm

Saturday, December 3 at 2:00pm

Saturday, December 3 at 6:00pm

Sunday, December 4 at 2:00pm

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NYS Baroque continues its 34th season with “An English Evening.”  This concert explores the rich repertoire of the late renaissance in England, when a group of viol players would play together in luxurious counterpoint, often accompanying a singer.  Music both sacred and secular.  Information at www.NYSBaroque.com.

Two Performances

Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm
First Unitarian Universalist, 109 Waring Road, Syracuse

Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm
First Unitarian Society, 306 North Aurora Street, Ithaca

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Bones East Octet, an 8-piece trombone ensemble, presents a family-friendly holiday concert featuring popular Christmas music including Jingle Bells, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Silent Night with soloist Dave De Ginerro.  Saturday, December 3 at 1:00pm at the Morgan Opera House, 370 Main Street, Aurora.  For more information contact Wayne Blann, fwayneblann@gmail.com.

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Symphoria and the Syracuse University Oratorio Society join forces for Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00pm.  Soloists are Elena Perroni, soprano; Dawn Pierce, mezzo-soprano; Ethan Burck, tenor; and Evan Gray, baritone.  Conducted by John Warren, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 259 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse.  More at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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On Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm, Civic Morning Musicals presents “Low Frequency Virtuosic Entertainment.”  Euphonist and tubist Matthew Murchison and pianist Dan Sato perform works composed or arranged by Murchison.  At St. David’s Episcopal Church, 14 Jamar Drive, Dewitt.  More at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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Jewel Winds woodwind quintet presents a free community holiday concert on Friday, December 9 at 7:00pm at Rome Art and Community Center.  “Christmas by Candlelight” features well-known holiday and seasonal selections.  This family-friendly event ends with a post-concert reception.  Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield Street, Rome.  More at Jewel Winds on Facebook, or call the Rome Art and Community Center at 315-336-1040.

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On Saturday, December 10 at 3:00pm, Symphoria presents CirqOvation in “Nutcracker Twist: An Enchanted Journey.”  Aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, comedians, and other cirq performers bring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker to life in a whole new way.  At the Landmark Theater, 362 South Salina Street, Syracuse.  Information and tickets at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org.

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Civic Morning Musicals is hosting a Messiah Sing-In on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm.  The public is welcome to sing (bring your own score or rent one), as David J. Rudari conducts the soloists and participants.  Steven D. Uhl is the organist.  At the Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse.  On-site parking available.  More at www.CivicMorningMusicals.org.

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On Sunday, December 11 at 2:00pm, the Auburn Chamber Orchestra presents “Sounds of the Season” at the Rev Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn.  Music from “The Polar Express,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carol medleys, and an audience participation finale sing-along, all conducted by Dr. Victor Vallo, Jr.  Free and family friendly.  Information at www.AuburnChamberOrchestra.com.

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St. James Church presents “Advent to Christmas: a candelight service of readings and music” on Sunday, December 11 at 4:30pm.  A selection of seasonal hyms will be sung, and the choir will sing anthems by Andre Thomas and John Joubert.  Service is followed by a hot apple cider reception.  St. James Church, 10 Union Street, Kingston, ON.  Visit www.StJamesKingston.ca for more information.

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Syracuse Opera presents a timeless opera – Gian Carlo Menotti’s classic Christmas Story from the perspective of a young disabled shepherd boy who, along with his mother, encounter the Magi on their journey to Bethlehem.  Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm at The Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Avenue, Syracuse.  The performance is free, but reservations are required.  More information and reservations at www.SyracuseOpera.org.

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American Idol finalist and country music star Brooke White and the Syracuse Pops Chorus join conductor Sean O’Loughlin and Symphoria for the annual Holiday Pops concert.  Seasonal favorites, and a special appearance by Syracuse’s own community Gospel Chorus.  Information and tickets at www.ExperienceSymphoria.org. Two performance on Friday, December 17, at 1:30pm and 7:30pm.  At the Oncenter Crouse hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse.

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The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Holiday Celebration concert is all set for Saturday, December 17 at 3:00pm at Ford Hall, Ithaca College.  Holiday classics featuring side-by-side performances with the CCO Youth Orchestra and cellist Joshua Jang, the CCO Youtn Concerto Competition winner.  Conducted by Grant Cooper.  More information at www.CCOIthaca.org.

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