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CNY Arts in the HeART Gallery features Bodley student artist

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Artwork by Student of the Month Cassondra Orr-Savage.
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School

CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.

Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage, 18, is an  honor roll student at G. Ray Bodley High School.

In junior high, she noticed she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates. She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister, who is also loves art — visual arts and performing arts as well.

Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Orr-Savage want to be better at art.

Sara Koblentz is the reason Orr-Savage has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.

Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year. This almost discouraged Orr-Savage from continuing with her senior year in art.

She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art. This shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.

Koblentz pushed Orr-Savage into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.

“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better, said Orr-
Savage.

“I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces,” she said.

Much of her inspiration for her art work is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork.  She has even had her work recognized by state Sen. Patricia Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.

Orr-Savage takes her studies very seriously. As a senior, not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through Oswego County BOCES.

For years she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife, who adopted Orr-Savage in June 2013.

Now her future is focused; she is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military.  After high school she will be entering the Air Force working in security.

She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime. Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – ART!

Orr-Savage’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Bodley students win theater awards

Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot.  Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot.  Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.
Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot. Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot. Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.

SUNY Oswego grad to perform April 30

4-19_A&EcokorinosMetropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others.

His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Winners announced for Oswego County Student Art Competition

Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.
Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.

The student art work in the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition and Show was better than ever this year.

The variety and degree of skill in the 275 pieces of art in this show demonstrates the talent in the area’s high schools.

Awards were presented in two categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades.

The award for Best of Show — the Vernon E. Snow Award, went to Brenna Riley, Oswego High School, for “Oliver.” Melissa Martin is her teacher.

The awards for Grades 7-9 were:

First place — Ethan Murakumi-Hamm, Dillon Middle, Phoenix, for “Paintbox; second place — Brandi Maynes, Mexico Middle School, for “Hearts That Love;”  third place — Tom McDonald, Mexico Middle School, for “Angry Pablo.”

Honorable mentions for grades 7-9 were:

Allayna Frank, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High; Bryson russell, Mexico Middle; Madelyne Cortright and Jessica Godden, Oswego Middle School; Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trepaso, Oswego High School; Victoria Dievendorf, Corinne Januszka, Breanna Mitchel, Haley Stellingwerf and Leila wooding, Dillon Middle in Phoenix; Ciera Bell and Chloe Koegel, John C. Birdlebough High in Phoenix; Ruth Van Der Heide, McKenna Moonan and Jenna Norton, Pulaski Junior/ Senior High School.

 Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.
Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.

The awards for Grades 10-12 were:

First place — Carrie Gilbert, Oswego High School, for “Clarinet;” second place — Kathy Pittorf, Hannibal High School, for “Still Life with Skull;” third place — Caleb Lacson, home schooled, for “Speckles of Youth.”

Honorable mentions for grades 10-12 were:

Brianna Logee, Pennellsville, homeschooled; Katelyn Metzger, Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square; Erika Brinkerhoff, Samantha Moody, Allison Sharkey, Carolina Nicol, Hans Reichow and Erin Sly, Hannibal High School; Katie Bradshaw, Danielle Boyzuck, Makayla Carson, Aviriana Follet, Carrie Gilbert, Sarah Hoefer, Morgan Knoop, Rebecca North, Teo Patty and Kayla Volkomer, Oswego High School; and Sarah Clark and Alaura Gonzolez, Pulaski High School.

The Sally Deaton Memorial Award went to Mikayla Trepasso, Oswego High School, for “Poison Blueberry” in the grade 7-9 category; and to Jessica Jones, Birdlebough High in Phoenix, for “A Walk Through the 100-Acre Wood.”

The Darcy Hilton Award went to Victoria Dievendorf, Dillon Middle School, Phoenix, for “Portrait of My Brother.”

Judges for this show were professional artists Ingrid Aldrich and Amanda Muto. The show is open until April 26.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center, Pulaski, is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Call 298-7007 for more information or go to www.SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter.com or www.facebook.com/SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter

SUNY Oswego alum to perform April 30 in Sheldon Hall ballroom

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others. His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

 

SOS Fest comes to Hannibal July 18, 19 and 20

The fourth annual SOS FEST (Save Our Students) three-day Christian music festival is planned for Rochester Street, Hannibal July 18, 19 and 20.

There will more than 15 bands sure to please all musical tastes. There will also be mission displays, food booths, crafts, art work, merchandise displays, workshops, free waterslides and on site camping.

Tickets are only $10 per day, Sunday free or a full-event pas for $25.

Go to www.itickets.com to obtain tickets.

Churches, youth groups, nonprofit organizations, booster club, Scout troops and more are welcome to have a free booth to raise money and awareness of your cause.

Call  Erik at 564-6133 for details. Space is limited.

Friday will be a night of Christian Rock starting at 6 p.m. with “The 7 Thunders” from Long Island followed by “Silversyde,” a female fronted band from Ohio.

Then Wes Aarum from the Chapel in Buffalo will deliver a powerful message. The night will be closed out with national recording artists “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas.

Saturday starts with a time of worship at 10 a.m. with Kris Mays from Utica. There will be workshops on disaster relief, women’s issues, men’s groups, youth leader discussion, mission work, etc.

Music will begin at 3 p.m. with “The Sent Forth” from CNY, then “Second Story” from Fulton, “Against The Slate” from Pennsylvania, “Lights Of Day” from Ohio, “Riverside Confession” from Binghamton, “The Life Band” from Rome with Jonnie Nickles, speaker David Hayner, and from Belfast, Ireland, Bluetree will close out the night. (Bluetree wrote and recorded “God Of This City”, the number 1 Christian worship song in 2009!)

On Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. with The New Life Band from Herkimer with Hannibal’s own Adam on drums. Tthe message will be from Aaron from Blutree followed by a worship jam session.

At 3 p.m., Hannibal’s Concert in the Park will start with several bands including “The 10th Mountain Division” Army band from fort drum!

Auditions April 17 and 19 for new CNY Arts Center play

One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center
One of the performers from the recent success, Willy Wonka Jr. at the CNY Arts Center

With a record-setting run of Willy Wonka, Jr, CNY Arts Center announces open call auditions for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Auditions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Thursday, April 17 and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church, Fulton (Park Street entrance).

People from seventh grade through college-age are invited to audition for the musical production to be directed and choreographed by Amy Price, with music directed by Dan Williams, and with the same artistic team from Willy Wonka, Jr in place.

“We had a phenomenal response to Willy Wonka, Jr with at least three sell-out performances,” said Nancy Fox, executive producer.  “We want to keep the fun going with another musical we think everyone will enjoy, this time with a slightly older cast.“

All the favorite Peanuts characters are in the popular show billed as an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.

The production is scheduled to open June 6 for a two-week run through June16. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Djug Django Band to play Oswego Music Hall May 3

Djug Django Band
Djug Django Band

The popular eight-member Djug Django Band will play at the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Djug Django is largely devoted to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist of the 1930s hot jazz scene in Paris, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s.

But they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist.

The band combines this range of music styles in wonderfully creative ways. From the great songs of the Swing Era, including legends like Ellington, Gershwin, and Fats Waller, to Brazilian and Argentine classics sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and even wonderful original music, the band is known for its exciting performances, exquisite taste, and uniquely relaxed vibe.

The members of Djug Django must be among the busiest working musicians in the Northeast, in constant demand to play at all sorts of gigs and events.

The band started out years ago in Ithaca playing at the well-known Moosewood Restaurant. Since then Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs.

When they come together to play, each band member brings his special background and influences to the music.

The members of Djug Django are Harry Aceto, guitar; Doug Robinson, guitar and vocals; Dave Davies, guitar, trombone and vocals; Brian Earle, clarinet; Eric Aceto, violin; Chad Lieberman, piano; and Al Hartland, drums.

There also is Jim Sherpa,  who plays a genuine lowdown washtub bass, adding that special down home flavor.

“Djug Django deserves to be on the national stage–this is one of the hottest little bands I’ve ever heard.

It is my honor and pleasure to perform with these wonderful musicians”  from time to time — [Frank Campos, Ithaca College, Professor of Trumpet]

Djug Django “has a delicacy and refinement we rarely witness in jazz . . . the group’s overall musicality is on a very high level — sophisticated and dead-on. These guys really enjoy playing together, and that spirit comes across clear as crystal” [Russel Tarby and Pat Carroll, review in JazFax, Nov. 2010].

Check out some of  Djug Django’s music on http://www.watershed-arts.com/djug.html and then come and catch the wonder of their evocative and infectious music in a live performance at the Music Hall on May 3.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.

The Music Hall’s next concert, May 17, will feature Stephanie Bettman & Luke Haplin, a fast-rising duo from Denver.