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Oswego Music Hall hosts two singer-songwriters Jan. 25

The Oswego Music Hall is pleased to bring two New York City-based singer/songwriters to its stage at 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25.

Honor Finnegan has been called the “Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter,” and compared to Christine Lavine.

Anna Dagmar stepped into folk music after a critically acclaimed songwriting career weaving together colorful jazz harmonies, inviting pop melodies and refined classical piano textures.

Sharing the stage, they will create a wonderful and lively show that will surprise and stretch the folk music tag at times.

Finnegan and Dagmar come from very different musical backgrounds, but they both know how to write and sing about modern life.

Dagmar — British born, raised in Massachusetts, schooled at the Eastman School of Music — is influenced by classical composers, Joni Mitchell’s mystical poetry and the breathtaking piano improvisations of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans.

Finnegan was raised in South Side Chicago and plugged into her mom’s radio station and was cast in the first national tour of Annie at age 11. She is influenced by her study of Improv in Chicago and years spent in Ireland singing in all sorts of bands: jazz, blues, big bands and Irish traditional.

Here’s how John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast,” WFUV, NYC describes both of these artists:

“In a world over-populated with guitar-playing folksingers, Dagmar is pursuing a different path – writing piano-based songs that evoke the best of Judy Collins or the musical theater.”

“Honor Finnegan’s clever songs, powerful voice, and endearing stage presence have made her standout on the fertile NYC folk scene. Don’t miss her!”

Anna Dagmar is praised for her “gorgeous voice, lyrical piano stylings and lovely, intelligent songs.” She has released three albums and a printed songbook.

Her 2009 album, ‘Let the Waves Come in Threes,’ charted #6 on the National Roots Music Report, and received five awards in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Inspired by standout artists like Susan Werner, Jonathan Brook and Sufjan Stevens, Dagmar’s music carries a depth and variety that appeal to a wide audience. With a warm and graceful stage presence and an honest and clear voice, her fingers seem to fly around the piano keys with effortless virtuosity.

Honor Finnegan’s songs are humorous and then heartbreaking, with melodies that soar. She’s been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and her ukulele playing, instrumentation that suits her fun, upbeat songs.

She combines elements of musical theatre, comedy, traditional folk, and poetry,.

She is also a proud member of Tribes Hill, a folk music collective based in the Hudson Valley and has been recognized with awards such as the Kerrville New Folk Winner 2013 and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist 2012.

You can check out these artists’ music at their websites, http://annadagmar.com/ and http://www.honorfinnegan.com/.

The Oswego Music Hall is in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage.

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

The Music Hall’s next concert Feb. 8 will bring back the popular father-son duo, Beaucoup Blue, double billed with Carolann Solebello, founding member of the female trio Red Molly.

Oswego Children’s Theater sets auditions for teen play

The Oswego Children’s Theater will host auditions for an upcoming teen theater production from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday Jan. 12 and Monday Jan. 13.

The auditions will be held at the home of the Mosher Family located at 151 E. Seneca St., Oswego.

The auditions for the production are open to any area youth who will be at least 13 years of age on or before April 12, 2014 on up to the age of 19

Lyndsie Lee Jones will direct the production. The show will be presented locally and will also be performed April 12 at the Michael J. Harms Theater Festival, in Auburn.

The Michael J. Harms Theater Festival is an annual event that features performances from area high school aged groups. The performances are judged by a panel of judges.

The judges award individual and group commendations. The festival also features workshops where each participant is given the chance to work on various theater projects.

Those auditioning for the production may bring along a monologue and will be asked to read from a script.

For more information, call 342-5265 or 529-1009.

2 Oswego High band members perform at All-American Bowl

Check out this video of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band halftime performance at the All-American Bowl Game played Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

This marching band of 125 members features the top high-school seniors in the nation selected through audition by the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and the U.S Army Field Band for brass, woodwind, percussion (battery and ensemble) and color guard. Included in the group were Cassandra Hondro and Emily King of Oswego High School. Hondro plays piccolo and and King plays trumpet.

Game results – West beats East 28 – 6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbXwZmKEzG4

Scarf painting class Jan. 25 in Oswego

A class in hand-painted silk scarves is being offered from 9 a.m. to noon,m Jan. 25 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

The instructor, Michele Southgate, will offer a class in painting silk scarves using a technique called Batik.

Batik is an Indonesian method of producing colored designs on fabric by applying wax to the parts to be left uncolored. The method produces bright colors with repetitive patterns over the entire scarf.

To register for the class, or for more information, call 342-8880 or email lakesideartisans@gmail.com

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The class is limited to four participants and there is a non-refundable deposit of $10 per participant to register.

Lions Club “Roar With Laughter” fundraiser is Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headliner Moody McCarthy Friday, Jan. 31 at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs,” said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fundraiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one.”

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization. This fundraiser helps to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have helped to support Camp Rainbow of Hope, Make a Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, the ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse and Habitat for Humanity.

“The performances of McCarthy and his warm up comedian promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chair of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore and More for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can contact Pelton at 343-1394, or visit the Lions Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub.

CNY Arts Snow Day set for Jan. 18

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Snow Day is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18.

This year the fun will take place downtown at the Community Room in City Hall and across the street at Veteran’s Park.

Family fun will include a snow sculpture contest, snow painting and snow themed games, a children’s carnival, art projects, entertainment and food. CNY Arts Center hopes to revive winter fun and create a new tradition for the community.

Organizers of the children’s carnival are gearing up for a day of fun with a snowman bean bag toss, face painting, ice fishing,  snowmen ring toss and more.

Children can build a marshmallow snowman, make beaded snowflakes, step into a snowman backdrop and have their picture taken, design their own snowflake and more in a day that promises to be as much fun indoors as outdoors.

Hearty snow lovers can register at the park for the Snow Sculpture contest by 11 a.m. and create any snow sculpture, creature or snowman. Some accessories will be available, or bring your own.

Creations will be judged at 1 p.m.

Food such a hot dogs, nachos and cheese, soup, chili, popcorn, cotton candy, doughnuts and plenty of hot chocolate will be offered. Carnival tickets are available at the door for a nominal fee and special coupons are available at the gallery for free game tickets.

The event goes on snow or no snow. For more information, visit www.cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373 for details.

CNY Arts Center to begin paying artistic and production staff

CNY Arts Center announces a shift in doing business for their performing arts program when the new season kicks off in February, becoming the first local theatre company to begin paying artistic and production staff.

“We recognize and value the expertise and abilities a veteran actor, designer or technician brings to each production so we’ve decided to reflect that in our theater budget,” said Executive Director Nancy Fox.

“We’re adamant about making an economic impact on the region for all artists and that includes employment opportunities for theater professionals,” she said. “Our artists sell their work in the gallery; our instructors are paid for teaching.”

“Even though our region has a wealth of dedicated actors and those who simply do it for the love of the experience it is important to recognize the valuable contribution of these seasoned professionals,” she said.

“We’re a long way from paying scale, but we choose to pay what we can with extra incentives built in,” Fox said. “We also hope to encourage and inspire a new generation of theater enthusiasts both in the audience and backstage. ”

The pay incentives will begin in February with the launch of the 2014 season.

A two-person romantic comedy “Searching for Eden: the Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be presented one weekend only, Feb 14-16. Based loosely on the Mark Twain classic “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” in Act One, the comedy takes a turn in Act Two when Adam and Eve are re-imagined in contemporary society at middle age.

An evening of dining or desserts is being planned. Auditions will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at CNY Arts Center at 357 State St. in Fulton.

More productions are planned for the coming year including a children’s musical in March. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Willy Wonka auditions set for Jan. 4

CNY Arts Center will conduct auditions for the next Kids Onstage production, Willy Wonka Jr., from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.

Call backs will be from 4 to 5 p.m.

Auditions for ages 7 and up will be held at the Arts Center location at 357 State St. Methodist Church, in Fulton where the show will run March 14–16 and 21-23.

Teenagers are especially encouraged to audition. While there are numerous good roles for young actors, there will be a limit to the cast given the stage size at the Arts Center.

“This is a large show with lots of set pieces and while we all love the Oompa Loompas, not every child is guaranteed a role,” said director Amy Price.

“We are looking for those with experience or the maturity to understand the commitment they are making. This is not to discourage anyone from auditioning, but rather to distinguish from the open call for Charlotte’s Web when every child was assured a role,” Price said.

“We’re also excited to do a musical again, but that requires dance movement,” Price said. “Only so many children can fit on the stage so casting will reflect those best suited to the roles.

“Watching the movie and getting a good feel for the wide range of character choices will help young actors prepare for the role they are most interested in,” she said.

The production will pair the duo Amy Price and Adam Schmidtmann again who co-directed last spring’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Schmidtmann, who continues as Kids Onstage instructor for CNY Arts Center, is scheduled to play the title character onstage with the children.

“We think this is really going to enhance the musical experience for the children, and add a measure of stability to the production,” Price said.

For the audition, children are asked to prepare a song to sing a cappella, and a poem or monologue to recite. Children will also be asked to read from the script.

Following auditions, call backs will take place immediately so the cast can be chosen as soon as possible. Rehearsals start the week after auditions.

Based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl- ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald.

For more information visit the web site at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.