Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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.

Guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams coming to Oswego Music Hall

Finger-picking guitar virtuoso Richard Smith and starlit cellist Julie Adams are coming to the Oswego Music Hall from Nashville to perform at 8 p.m. March 8.

The stage will be alive with their special “mix of music from the Beatles to 30s music to Bach to fiddle tunes to fingerpicking tunes.”

Smith — the 2001 national fingerstyle champion — says that he and his wife, Julie, love performing “a whole mish-mash of music. We have a lot of fun on stage.”

Richard Smith’s life has often seemed to revolve around Chet Atkins. As a youngster in England, he picked up a guitar at age 5 after seeing his father play an Atkins tune.

A child prodigy, when Smith was 11 he was invited to play alongside his idol and country music legend during Atkin’s show in London (available on YouTube, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfzDltcAbFQ).

His performance stunned the audience and wowed Atkins. Smith seemed to have a photographic musical memory, in addition to physical dexterity; often with one hearing, he could pick up a new piece.

In 1999, he met his future wife, the cellist Julie Adams, at a Chet Atkins Appreciation Society gathering in Nashville.

Over the years, Smith has toured the world and performed with his brothers and many world-renowned players, including Nato Lima of los Indios Tabajaras, Tommy Emmanuel, sax legend Boots Randolph, Thom Bresh, Bela Fleck, Muriel Anderson and others.

When he and Julie moved to Nashville, Smith founded the Hot Club of Nashville, a jam band with a varying lineup of high-profile session musicians. Smith’s flawless technique, quickly switching between fingerpicking and flatpicking, has earned him the admiration of his peers and numerous awards.

In 2001 at his first and only participation in the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Smith came out on top. The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame named him Thumbpicker of the Year in 2008 and inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Growing up in Ohio, she was classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory.

She performed widely and was chosen to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1996. Adams branched into folk music, worked with the well-known fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson, and toured with her as a duo throughout the US.

They released a CD together titled “Theme for Two Friends.”

After marrying Smith, Julie and Richard released “Living Out a Dream.”  Audiences in the U.S. and around the world delight in the eclectic mix of Julie’s lyrical style and Richard’s flawless technique.

They are truly soul mates – in life and in music!

What other guitarists/critics say:

Chet Atkins called Smith “the most amazing guy I know on guitar. … He (Richard) can play anything I know, only better.”

“Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello … Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to 10.”

[Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA]

Check out Smith’s fretwork fireworks  and Adam’s lyrical style online at http://www.richardsmithmusic.com/duo

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased online 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 are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 are free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, March 22, will feature an acoustic music duo, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

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

Greene’s Ale House wins wing contest fundraiser for CAC

Hundreds of community members filled the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center to enjoy some hot wings and cold brews at the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s 3rd Annual Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest.

The event raised more than $15,000 to help support the agency’s efforts to combat and prevent child abuse in Oswego County.

“Our 3rd Annual Chicken Wing & Micro-Fest was a tremendous success!,” said Executive Director Karrie Damm.

“Thanks to our many supporters and the nearly 700 community members who attended the event, we raised some much needed funds that will allow us to continue to provide services free of charge to victims of child abuse in Oswego County,” Damm said.

Contestants in this year’s competition included: Greene’s Ale House; Canale’s Restaurant; The Press Box; Jimmie James BBQ; Oswego Ancient Order of Hibernians; Kristen’s Kitchen at Battle Island; Steamer’s; Lighthouse Lanes; Garafolo’s Importing; The Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.; and the Office Tavern.

The winners included:

Greene’s Ale House: Judges Choice – Best Garlic Wings

Steamer’s: Judges Choice – Best BBQ Wings

Kristen’s Kitchen at Battle Island:  Judges Choice – Best Signature Wing

Popular Vote Winner, Best Tasting Wings: Greene’s Ale House (second year in a row)

“I extend a sincere thank you to all of our chicken wing contestants, as well as Eagle Beverage for providing the micro-brews. They are all winners for supporting the Child Advocacy Center and making our 3rd Annual Wing and Micro-Brew Fest a success,” said Damm.

The Child Advocacy Center is a nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

In 2013, the CAC served 475 children and families in Oswego County.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County you may contact them at 592-4453.