Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Phoenix Community Band to perform March 17

The Phoenix Community Band, in its 11th year and under the direction of Dave Frateschi, will present its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. March 17 in the John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium.

The band is reprising an arrangement of an English folk song, playing new arrangements of songs by Billy Joel, a classical excerpt and classic band pieces, as well as exciting new music.

One piece celebrates an epic battle in the ancient Middle East. Some familiar faces may be seen in a visual presentation with another piece.

There will also be some music specifically for the date, St. Patrick’s Day.

Anyone who is a new fan or a veteran follower of the band, wil be for a treat at this concert.

Please note that the snow date, should the concert have to be postponed due to weather, is the following evening, Tuesday, March 18. Should this occur, band officials will make every effort to have it posted on TV channels 3 and 5 as early as possible on Monday.

Generally, however, if school is open Monday, the concert will be on.

Admission is free, though donations are always welcome.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Get your game on in March…learn painting and drawing with local artist Bonnie McClellan.

A series of classes are being offered. They are:

Oil Painting: Lighthouse by the Sea — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $34 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Ink Drawing – 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 8, $10, learn the basics of drawing with ink.

Oil Painting: Lakeside Birches — 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, $29 (materials included), start with a blank canvas–leave with a finished painting!

Looking for children’s classes? There are classes and even private lessons. Register on line or at the arts center office. for more information, go to the website at www.cnyartscenter.com

Visit us at Arts in the heART gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. The art center offices are located on the corner of Park and State Streets in Fulton – use the Park Street entrance.

Call the center at 592-3373.

Multigenerational art show begins March 14

SUNY Oswego School of Education faculty member Jacquelyn Kibbey will coordinate a multigenerational art exhibition titled “Generations IV: A Master of Arts in Teaching Exhibition” starting Friday, March 14, in Tyler Hall’s Tyler Art Gallery.

The exhibition, running through April 19, will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, with an artists’ reception at the gallery.

It is free and open to the public.

The master of arts teaching in art program, based on the teaching-artist educational model, will feature the works of public school art teachers, their students and the SUNY Oswego student teachers who worked with them — three generations of artists.

The multigenerational show runs every other year and Kibbey, of Oswego’s curriculum and instruction department, has coordinated all four of them.

Tyler Art Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, contact Michael Flanagan, the gallery’s director, at michael.flanagan@oswego.edu or 312-2112.

Parking on campus for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. Visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking for more information.

For more information on the master of arts in teaching program or other School of Education offerings, visit www.oswego.edu/education.

Willy Wonka Jr. takes the state March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23

After more than six weeks of rehearsals, the cast of Willy Wonka, Jr. prepares for the musical opening March 14 at CNY Arts Center, located in State Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The production, featuring more than 30 local children, will run for two weekends March 14, 15 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 22 and 23 at 3 p.m.

The production is led by theater professionals under the direction of Amy Price, with Adam Schmidtmann as assistant director, Gina Holsopple as music director, Nellica Rave as costume designer and John Gamble is the technical director.

“We’ve assembled the most exciting team of professionals for this production,” said Nancy Fox, executive director, “and audiences will see a spectacular show onstage in every aspect, all in support of these very young performers with limited stage experience.”

“Countless parent volunteers are also helping with everything from lumber and labor to painting and props, to press photography and corporate contributions and will even assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience,” Fox said. “There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”

The junior musical, based on Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the leading producer of children’s versions of popular musicals.

In this junior version, words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with stage adaptation by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, present the same performance material in dialogue and music but accommodates immature voices with appropriate vocal ranges, adapted choreography and overall shorter in length.

Ticket sales are already brisk and reservations are encouraged at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Tickets can also be purchased from any Willy Wonka parent or at Arts in the Heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton, or at the Arts Center at 357 State St. church through the Park Street entrance, or call 592-3373 for reservations.

 

Arts group helps local author

Board members of the Best Development of the Arts presented local author Craig Abbott a check to help him toward funding his dream of getting his autobiography published.

Abbott, 24, lives in Fulton, and is thought to be the oldest survivor of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type-1 who is not connected to a ventilator for life support. Doctors originally doubted that he would live past the age of 2.

Abbott and his co-author, Joe Abbate (also of Fulton) have been working for almost three years on the autobiography and are contacting publishers in the hopes that it will receive mass distribution. They are planning a presentation where they will speak and sign books on May 4. The event will take place at the William Michael Center for the Arts, 4 Harold Drive, Fulton. 

SUNY Oswego music faculty to perform March 9

Three SUNY Oswego faculty members will perform works of Enesco, Copland, Brahms and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Sheldon Hall ballroom as part of the music department’s Focus on Faculty series.

Pianist Robert Auler, trumpeter Terrance Caviness and clarinetist Trevor Jorgensen will present a concert titled “Musical Journey.”

The performance will showcase Georges Enesco’s “Legend,” Henry Purcell’s “Sonata,” Halsey Stevens’ “Sonata,” Aaron Copland’s “Concerto” and Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata No. 2.”

As the musicians explore the works of these historically significant artists, the audience will experience the innovative literature of compositions that have delighted listeners with their construction and beauty, organizers said.

Jorgensen said the Focus on Faculty Series is both fine community entertainment and an important teaching tool for the music department.

“Although Rob and I perform nationally and internationally in various venues each year, these concerts are perhaps the most important pedagogically,” Jorgensen said. “It is vital for our music students to hear us play in order to put into context what we ask each of them to accomplish weekly in their own applied studio lessons.”

Tickets are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), and are available at all college box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu, or by calling 312-2141.

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

Fulton resident exhibits art at Oswego Public Library

With wonderful tracery and depth, the art of Sandy Clift is on display until April on the lowest level of the Oswego Public Library.

Her unique work includes many fine details and expands in one’s mind the longer it is enjoyed.

She recently exhibited at the River Walk Artists First Annual National and International Juried Exhibition in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Sandy (Elizabeth) Clift is a retired elementary school teacher who resides in Fulton. After her retirement in 2000, she returned to SUNY Oswego to pursue a life-long ambition to study art.

Since beginning to show her art, her work has been displayed at many local and regional shows as well as national shows in Oregon, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and Massachusetts.

She has been a visiting artist at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University.  Presently her work is exhibited at True North Gallery in Hamilton, Massachusetts and Lakeside Artisans in Oswego.  Her work is online at www.fineartamerica.com.  For more information email eoclift@twcny.rr.com.