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Broadway star Kyle Dean Massey, currently playing Fiyero in “Wicked” on Broadway, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom. His repertoire, titled “Eclectic Broadway,” largely will feature songs of the last 15 to 20 years on Broadway.

‘Wicked’ tenor to offer cabaret-style performance at SUNY Oswego

Broadway star Kyle Dean Massey, currently playing Fiyero in “Wicked” on Broadway, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom. His repertoire, titled “Eclectic Broadway,” largely will feature songs of the last 15 to 20 years on Broadway.

“Wicked” Broadway star Kyle Dean Massey will sing hits from “Aladdin,” “Altar Boyz,” “Les Miserables” and even an original from his own senior recital in an appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at SUNY Oswego’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The tenor, currently playing romantic lead Fiyero in “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theatre, also is scheduled to join former mentor Todd Graber, his host and SUNY Oswego music department chair, for a duet from the play “Martin Guerre.”

Massey’s concert, titled “Eclectic Broadway,” kicks off the 2012-13 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series. Others in the series will include Symphony Syracuse Chamber Players, Ariel Quartet and Daedalus Quartet.

“I don’t think it’s such a stretch to have Kyle come in and sing a legitimate cabaret-style recital featuring music of the last 15 to 20 years that’s come on Broadway. It’s something we don’t get on campus very often,” Graber said.

He said that vocalists and soloists have found a place with chamber instrumentalists, including works of the most famous composers as well as musical theatre compositions.

Russell Miller of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will accompany Massey on piano.

The repertoire is set to feature such songs as “At the Fountain” from “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Something About You” from “Altar Boyz” and “Proud of Your Boy” from “Aladdin.”

Along with “On My Own” from “Les Miserables,” older songs in the performance likely will include “The Only Home I Know” from “Shenandoah” and “Use What You Know” from “The Life.”

Massey, Graber’s former voice student at Missouri State University, plans to meet with students at Oswego High School Monday, Sept. 17.

Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 18, he will conduct a master class at SUNY Oswego.

“It’s one of the things Kyle really likes to do,” Graber said. “He really likes going back to schools and sharing his journey with kids. He says you’re in such an isolated bowl in school and it (top-level performance) seems so distant and unattainable.”

Massey’s other credits include “Cupid” on ABC-TV, “Sex and the City 2” from HBO Films and the 62nd annual Tony Awards, as well as such plays as “Next to Normal,” “Xanadu” and “Altar Boyz.”

Tickets for Massey’s concert are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at http://tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.

Parking is available in campus lots for those attending this performance. Patrons with disabilities should call 312-2141 in advance for assistance.

Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, who has sat in on drums with many jazz greats, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Jazz drummer Rich Thompson to showcase trio at SUNY Oswego

Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, who has sat in on drums with many jazz greats, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Jazz percussionist Rich Thompson, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra, will bring his Generations Trio to SUNY Oswego for a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Campus Center auditorium.

“Rich Thompson’s Generations Trio is the real thing: deeply gifted musicians who play with excitement, virtuosity and passion and always swing their tails off,” said Eric Schmitz, the combo’s host and a SUNY Oswego assistant professor of music who studied drum set with Thompson at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Schmitz said the group recently released its first album, “Rich Thompson: Generations Trio,” and the concert likely will feature music from it.

Thompson, associate professor at the Eastman School, has toured with many jazz greats. Besides Basie, the list includes James Williams, Frank Foster, Rich Perry, Marian McPartland, Snooky Young and many more. Doctoral student and bassist Miles Brown and undergraduate piano student Chris Ziemba complete the trio.

Last spring, Thompson sat in on drums with the Oswego Jazz Ensemble for a concert, and five years ago, he appeared here as a member of the Eastman Jazz Trio for a Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series event.

Those seeking more information may contact SUNY Oswego’s Artswego performing arts organization at 312-4581 or artswego@oswego.edu.

Phoenix soccer has new coach

by Rob Tetro

Bill Conklin is embarking on his first season as head coach of the Phoenix girls varsity soccer team.

Inheriting a team that went 0-15 last season has allowed Conklin to implement a basic goals for his team.

The first step of his team’s development is to put themselves in positions where games can be won. Once they get a win, Phoenix hopes to build on that momentum.

By the end of the regular season, the Lady Firebirds hope to come away with a winning record in 2012 so that a Sectional bid can earned.

Conklin said the team’s goals will serve as motivation for Phoenix to earn a sectional bid, which is something that hasn’t been done in many years.

Phoenix will feature a team that has an even number of players from all grades.

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Fulton boys soccer reloads

by Rob Tetro

Former Assistant Coach Nate Murray has been promoted to head coach of the Fulton boys varsity soccer team.

Coming off of an exciting 2011 season, which featured a trip to the Class A Section 3 championship game, Murray and the Red Raiders hope to be in the same position come season’s end.

However, Murray’s team has a primary goal for the season. He said that being in a position to play in the postseason won’t be possible unless his team accomplishes its goal of coming together as a unit.

Fulton lost eight players from last year’s team to graduation. Six of them were starters last season. With only four seniors returning from last year’s team, Murray expects to have an inexperienced team on his hands.

The Red Raiders have named four team captains for the 2012 season: Brandon Lockwood, who is going into his second season as a captain; Steven Hancyzk; Paul Reynoso; and Carson Vono.

Murray said his captains are  players who encourage and motivate their teammates while allowing their determination to be seen with their actions on the field.

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Mosquito dunk kits still available

by Carol Thompson

The mosquito dunk kits, provided by the state, are not flying off the shelves as anticipated.

“We’re surprised they are lasting as long as they are,” said John DeHollander, district manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The kits are now available once again at the Soil and Water Conservation District office.  They are also offered at the New Haven, Hastings and West Monroe town halls.

Those locations were selected because it is the area of the county with the greatest mosquito problem. Despite that, requests have been slow.

“We based (the locations) on last year’s outbreak,” he said. “I don’t know why people aren’t picking them up.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, New Haven had two cases of the mosquito larvicide kits left. DeHollander said some of the kits from the towns were brought back to the Soil and Water office.

Other counties have reported little interest in the kits.

Less than 100 people in Onondaga County have reportedly picked up the dunk pouches despite the number of pools found to be infected with West Nile virus.

DeHollander noted that there is a resurgence of interest in the kits after newspaper articles about mosquito problems are published.

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Lines drawn for county districts

by Carol Thompson

Stressing that they are still tentative, Oswego County Legislator Dan Chalifoux unveiled the maps of the new district lines for the county’s 25 legislative districts.

Chalifoux, who serves as the chairman of the reapportionment committee, said that the lines were drawn so that no legislators had to face off against one another in the election.

The committee’s task is to bring all of the districts’ average populations to fewer than 4,900. Some districts are currently over the population requirement and some were under.

The new lines will balance out the population of each district while keeping the districts as contiguous as possible, Chalifoux noted.

The number of districts will remain the same as Republican lawmakers rejected a proposal to reduce the size of the legislature.

The new map did not contain road names, leaving some legislators to question the exact proximity of their new lines.

The current maps were not available at the meeting to provide a comparison, however, it was stated that they are available online.

Districts 1 and 5 remained unchanged. The county’s remaining 23 districts were changed — some minor and some substantially.

Legislator Amy Tresidder, who represents District 16, will cross the Oswego River under the new map, bringing her into a part of the east side of the city.

Legislator Morris Sorbello’s 23rd District lost a part of the Town of Granby and will pick up a part of the Town of Hannibal.

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Delegates reflect on experience

by Carol Thompson

With the presidential election season in full swing, some local residents were part of the delegations of the two major political parties.

Michael C. Backus attended the Republican National Convention held in Tampa Aug. 27-30, joining 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories for the 40th convention held to nominate a presidential candidate.

The delegation selected Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, for president, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as vice president.

“I was honored to be among the New York delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida,” Backus said upon his return from Florida. “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, I thought, did a tremendous job outlining the challenge our nation faces and what they’ll do to turn around this economy and create jobs.”

Backus said he was personally struck by two particular speeches, those of Senator Marco Rubino and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Romney also had a low rating: at 48 percent unfavorable and 43 favorable.

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Marge Pellegrino, author of such books for children and young adults as “Journey of Dreams,” will appear from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Oct. 8 as one of seven authors to make presentations this fall at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center auditorium in the 2012 Living Writers Series. Other sessions, all free and open to the public, will feature Kimi Eisele, Jon Chopan, Susan Fox Rogers, Beth Alvarado, Samantha Shelton and Patrick Lawler.

Cross-genre authors to illuminate SUNY Oswego’s Living Writers Series

Marge Pellegrino, author of such books for children and young adults as “Journey of Dreams,” will appear from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Oct. 8 as one of seven authors to make presentations this fall at SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center auditorium in the 2012 Living Writers Series.

Genre-blending storytellers will highlight the fall 2012 edition of SUNY Oswego’s Living Writer Series, from outdoor adventurer and memoirist Susan Fox Rogers to interviewer-poet-elegist Patrick Lawler.

Living Writers presentations are free and open to the public from 3 to 4:20 p.m. Sept. 10, 18 and 24; Oct. 8 and 29; and Nov. 5 and 12 in the Campus Center auditorium at SUNY Oswego. All lectures are on Mondays with the exception of Tuesday, Sept. 18.

“What I tried to do with this series is to get people either working within multiple genres or in genres that cross boundaries,” said Donna Steiner, assistant professor of English and creative writing, who is in her first year organizing the series.

Multidisciplinary artist Kimi Eisele opens the series on Monday, Sept. 10. There is no way, Steiner said, to pigeonhole a person who has been an accomplished dancer and visual artist as well as a novelist, poet and nonfiction writer. Eisele will share how writing has infiltrated her artistic endeavors and community-based projects, and how words on paper can become literary activism.

On Sept. 18, SUNY Oswego alumnus and autobiographical novelist Jon Chopan of Rochester will talk about how he blended letters, stories, obituaries and writing fragments to author “Pulled from the River,” a chilling view of what it means to have grown up in a city haunted by serial killer Arthur Shawcross.

Rogers, a rock climber, backcountry skier and kayaker, recently wrote “My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir” — part nature guide, part history, part memoir — and will discuss it in a Sept. 28 appearance.

“It’s been really cool to watch the progress of its birth,” said Steiner, who helped Rogers edit it.

Eminent novelist Philip Roth called Rogers’ book “elegantly written and beautiful…dominated by powerful, antithetical emotions; grief over the loss of elderly parents and exhilaration with exploring a great American river.”

Rogers also has written, among others, “Antarctica: Life on the Ice,” “Solo: On Her Own Adventure” and “Going Alone: Women’s Adventures in the Wild.”

Oct. 8, Marge Pellegrino, who wove narrative, drama and folk tales in her prize-winning novel for young adults, “Journey of Dreams,” will appear.

It’s the story of how one family survives the Guatemalan army’s scorched-earth campaign in the 1980s. Pellegrino will talk about how expressive-arts work with refugees inspired the book, and how writing can be a tool for healing and building community.

A colleague of Steiner’s from graduate-school days at the University of Arizona, Beth Alvarado, will make an Oct. 29 presentation.

Alvarado, a faculty member at the Tucson school, layers portraits, scenes, memories and dreams in her new work, “Anthropologies: A Family Memoir.” Publishers Weekly said the memoir “approaches prose poetry.”

Nov. 5, SUNY Oswego journalism and creative writing alumna Samantha Shelton will return to campus to talk about her work at Fitness Magazine, where Shelton advanced from reader to intern to freelancer to full-time employee.

Shelton will talk about how experiences at SUNY Oswego — from writing for and helping manage the Oswegonian student newspaper to getting Oswego’s edition of Her Campus online magazine up and running — helped her find success in the competitive world of New York City magazine writing.

Nov. 12, Lawler, a poet as well as a fiction and nonfiction writer, will talk about his book “Underground (Notes Toward an Autobiography).” Author of the novel “Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds” and several collections of poetry, including “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” Syracusan Lawler teaches in multiple genres as well.

Those seeking more information may call the SUNY Oswego English and creative writing department at 312-2150.