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Jay Ungar, Molly Mason come to Oswego Music Hall March 22

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will bring their consummate musicianship, warmth and wit, and clear love of music that has delighted audiences world wide to Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Ungar and Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene.

They have been heard on Ntaional Public Radio programs like A Prairie Home Companion, or soundtracks from movies such as Brothers Keepers, or the haunting music composed and performed for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War.

Their powerful melody, Ashokan Farewell, went on to win a Grammy and an Emmy nomination, took on a life of its own, and is played by fiddlers and classical musicians and worldwide.

“Jay Ungar and Molly Mason play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us” — Ken Burns, producer of PBS’ The Civil War

Ungar and Mason make music that is simple and overwhelming . . . joyful and full of feeling . . . an apotheosis of American traditional music” — Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion

Another critic raves about Jay and Molly, saying that they “complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow.”

How fortunate that these musicians met each other — with their enormous talent on violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and piano.

He was a Brooklyn kid, and she grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ‘50s.  She liked traditional fiddle music and ‘30s and ‘40s tunes.

He hung our in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and roamed North Carolina and Tennessee, seeking out traditional musicians. She played gigs on the West Coast and loved swing and jazz. But meet they did — by chance — at a rural New York club in the 1970s.

Their careers intertwined a bit, and, a little after Ungar began his Ashokan Fiddle & Dance camps in the Catskills (a center for fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists, dancers, dance callers and instructors), Mason signed on as a partner.

Their early band, Fiddle Fever, recorded two classic LPs, now available on CD as The Best of Fiddle Fever (Flying Fish Records). Many recordings and collaborations later, married since 1991, they are still an artistic force.

One example from 2002: Jay and Molly produced, arranged and performed on A Song of Home, a collaborative recording for RCA, with flutist Sir James Galway, mandolinist Peter Ostroushko and bassist Steve Rust.

Check out some of their music on youtube.com

The concert 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 $18 if purchased in advance and $22 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, April 5, will feature Run Boy Run, a five-piece band that thrives on the tension between music of the traditional Appalachian South and our 21st century.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/

Arts Center Artist of the Month

The Arts in the heART Gallery has selected Sharon Vita to be March’s artist of the month.

This talented artist has many different facets of her work. She is a well established artist out of Onondaga County who has sold many pieces of her work, and has explored and expanded her ability to work with many different media.

Some of her work on display at the gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton consists of oils, acrylics, water colors, mixed media and collage. She has a lot of variety to offer with her selected pieces on display.

Her subjects include landscapes, still life, abstract and realism to name a few.  This artist and many more are available for viewing at the gallery, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Learn to make wearable art in March

Start your spring off with some wearable art made by you.

Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego, is offering classes in hand-painted silk scarves and in making scrap fabric tote bags.

Scrap fabric tote bags will meet with Lakeside Artisans’ Kathy Fenlon from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Students will use scrap fabrics and learn a method  called “quilt as you go” to complete a cute, useful tote bag.

All supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one, but if they do not have one, one will be provided.

From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Michele Southgate will demonstrate how to use the resist and dye method to create a design for decorating silk scarves. All materials will be provided.

To register for a class, a non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required. The deposit may be delivered to the store or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego 13126.

The total class fee is $45 which includes the registration fee. For more information, call 342-8880, www.lakesideartisans.com , or visit us on Facebook.

Drumming workshop March 15 at CNY Arts Center

CNY Arts Center will host a drumming workshop with Diane Jones from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

The is open to all ages and students are invited to bring any hand percussion instrument they have, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.

As part of the same collaboration, CNY Arts Center recently hosted choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell with a dance workshop for young area dancers as part of Vision of Sound produced by Society for New Music.

The organization promotes continued growth in the music community by commissioning new works. Vision of Sound brings composer and choreographer together to present a new work in music and dance performed for the public in late March.

“We are honored to host Diane Jones and to have had Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell share this wonderful opportunity with us,” said Nancy Fox, arts center executive director.

“The drumming workshop looks to be a lot of fun and a departure from our regular classes,” she said. “We hope everyone will seize the chance for an afternoon of drumming fun!”

Jones is a percussionist with SU Brazilian Ensemble Samba Laranja and loves writing for and collaborating with performers.

With commissions and performances by Mélomanie, The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, and Flautet, her music reflects her rich, eclectic influences and her love of line and rhythm.  In 2011, her Choro Samba Laranja was included on the SAMMY award-winning CD, Native Orange.

Jones was the live weekend host on WCNY-FM, Central New York’s Classical Radio Station and is past president of the Society for New Music.

She has had her music featured on Fresh Ink, the weekly new music broadcast produced by the Society.

A recipient of the Billy Joel Fellowship, a fellowship with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and awarded the prestigious Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware, Jones is also a member of  Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society.

Active as a performer as well as a composer, Jones regularly performs with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir.  She has played flute and piccolo in regional orchestras, and was one half of the flute duo, Flutes of Fancy.

Jones also has also studied with outstanding composers Daniel S. Godfrey, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Jennifer Margaret Barker. To learn more about Diane visit www.petdragonmusic.com.

The workshop will be held at the Arts Center located in State St. Methodist Church at 357 State St., through the Park Street entrance.

A modest fee will be charged and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

SUNY Oswego student’s work exhibited

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego master of art candidate Mark Taitt will display digital print portraits in “Identity,” a Tyler Art Gallery exhibition starting Friday, March 28.

The work uses multiple media to pose the question, “Are slavery’s scars still with us?”

A free public artist’s reception will take place at 5 p.m. March 28 in Tyler Art Galley on the SUNY Oswego campus. The exhibition will run through April 19.

Taitt’s Master of Art Exhibition — which will include audio and projected imagery — derives its message from historic images in the New York Public Library collection.

The Brooklyn native, inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin, altered and personalized these photos of slavery’s victims for “Identity.”

Taitt also received bachelor’s degrees in studio art and public relations at Oswego.

Using light to create halo-like effects, Taitt said in an artist’s statement that he “seeks to resurrect, glorify and elevate (the) anonymous subjects who were victims of slavery and its sanctioned physical abuse.”

A companion show, “Generations IV: A Master of Arts in Teaching Exhibition,” opens Friday, March 14, and runs through April 19.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when classes are in session. Parking for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.

For more information about SUNY Oswego exhibitions, contact the art department at 312-2112 or Michael Flanagan, gallery director, at michael.flanagan@oswego.edu.

Ritchie commends local artists

In an effort to recognize local artistic talent in Central and Northern New York, state Sen. Patty Ritchie, along with the North Country Arts Council, hosted a celebration of the arts Thursday evening in Watertown.

At the event, those who have participated in the “Senator Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” program were recognized.

Through the effort, two dozen artists have had their work featured in Ritchie’s Albany, Ogdensburg, Oswego and Watertown offices.

The work of past featured artists can be viewed at Downtown Watertown’s Franklin Building or at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

In addition, at the event, high school students from the Central and Northern New York region were inducted into Ritchie’s local artists program, and in the weeks to come, will have their artwork featured in her offices.

Several high school students were also invited to perform in the areas of song and dance.

“Our region is home to so much great local talent, and this event was a way to not only highlight that, but also to thank the artists who share their amazing work with us. This event was truly special, because we recognized our region’s ‘next generation’ of artists, by honoring high school students who have exceptional artistic abilities and inviting several of those students to perform,” Ritchie said.

“I’d like thank the North Country Arts Council for helping to make this event possible.  The organization is a wonderful resource not only for artists, but also for the community experience the various types of culture our area has to offer,” she said.

Honorees from Oswego County:

  • Gale Armstrong
  • Phyllis DiSalvo
  • Sandra Dowie
  • Edward Elsner
  • James Fitzgerald
  • Joe Galvin
  • Ellen Landphere
  • Phillip Lee
  • Bonnie McClellan
  • Loie Mechetti
  • Joanne Neff
  • Marcella Slater
  • Kathryn Wehrung

Oswego County students honored:

  • Ashlee Bishop:  APW High School
  • Nicole Light:  Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square
  • Cassondra Orr: G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton
  • Sydney Ryan: Mexico High School
  • Kayla Volkomer: Oswego High School
  • Megan Lentz: John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix
  • Isabel Englbrekt: Pulaski Junior-Senior High School
  • Sarah McDougal: Sandy Creek High School

 

National recording group to play SOS FEST

National recording artists Seventh Day Slumber will play this summer’s SOS FEST  at 8:30 p.m. Friday,  July 18 at the Hannibal Firemen’s Fairgrounds.

Seventh Day Slumber, formerly of Texas but now from Tennessee, has released 10 CDS with a string of number one hits.

The band tours all over the USA playing in front of 100s of thousands each year.

The band plays large festivals as well as many small venues.

The SOS FEST is a three-day family oriented music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group, with the intent on helping all area youth and families.

The festival also is here to help area nonprofits, sports clubs, scout troops, boosters organizations, youth groups and churches by providing free space for these organizations to raise awareness and money for their own cause.

There will be more than 15 bands and speakers during the three-day festival as well as nearly 20 displays, mission booths, merchandise booths, food booths, radio stations, water slides and games.

There also will be crafters, vendors and artists. Call Erik at 564-6133 for details on booth space.

This years SOS FEST, the 4th annual, will start Friday night July 18 with bands that teens and all ages will love. The speaker for the night will be Wes Aarum.

Saturday, July 19 will feature many bands and speakers with many music styles sure to please every taste.

Sunday, July 20 will wrap up with several great bands and will roll right into Hannibal’s Concert in the Park with its band lineup.

The full SOS Fest band lineup will be announced soon. Tickets are only $10 per day and Sunday is free.

Tickets are available now at www.itickets.com and details can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org.

Hannibal concert celebrates ‘Music in Our Schools’ Month

The Hannibal Senior High Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the high school’s Lockwood Auditorium.

The National Association for Music Education has announced this year’s theme “Music Makes Me…..!!!!,” a message emphasizing the important role that music education plays in our students’ lives.

The Senior High Jazz Band will open the program with three selections, including the upbeat mambo, Adelieland, from the film Happy Feet. Solos will be performed by Amanda Kimball, Elyssa Terry DeRycke, and  Zane Pointon.

Senior Choral Director Abel Searor will lead the chorus in a medley of music from the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The audience will find it difficult not to hum along on tunes like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear the People Sing.”

Beginning with a Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the senior band under the direction of Shirley Terrinoni, will present selections inspired by great works of literature including Dante’s The Divine Comedy,  and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as a piece by the contemporary composer Frank Ticheli.

The Senior Band and Senior Chorus will combine to present the final offering of the night, “When You Believe,” from the 1998 animated classic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Admission is free.