Pillow joins college ensembles for concerts

Multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow will join three SUNY Oswego ensembles for free public concerts in at 7:30 p.m. consecutive days at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

On Tuesday, May 6, the college’s Jazz Ensemble will feature Pillow, an international jazz artist, focusing on Pillow’s de-orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures in an Exhibition.”

Pillow will perform on a variety of instruments. The repertoire also will include pieces by jazz greats Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and an arrangement of Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland” by Stan Gosek, emeritus professor of music at SUNY Oswego.

On May 7, Pillow will sit in on saxophone with the Oswego Jazz Project, generally an all-faculty combo that occasionally invites students and other performers to play.

On May 8, the college’s Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of New Zealand-Canadian composer David Lisik’s piece, “The Dogmas of the Quiet Past,” featuring Pillow on alto sax.

The group also will perform works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre and Gustav Holst.

For more information on SUNY Oswego fine arts performances, visit www.oswego.edu/arts. Information on visitor parking is available at www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.

Free concert at SUNY Oswego May 4

SUNY Oswego’s College-Community Orchestra will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. The orchestra’s director, Juan F. La Manna of the college’s music department, will conduct.

“Pieces performed will include Purcell’s delightful suite from the opera ‘The Fairy Queen,’ romantic and expressive excerpts from the opera  “l’Arlesienne’ by French composer Bizet, and the powerful ‘Lullaby and Finale’ from Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ballet,” La Manna said. “Beethoven’s joyous, humorous and raucous ‘Symphony No. 8’ will close the program.”

Donations to benefit the SUNY Oswego music department’s scholarship fund will be accepted.

For more information about fine arts events at Oswego, visit www.oswego.edu/arts.

Information on parking is available at www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.

SUNY Oswego students collect awards at film festival

A still shot from Peter Myers’ first-place film, “Gone Fishing”
A still shot from Peter Myers’ first-place film, “Gone Fishing”

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego students collected six awards at the fifth annual SUNYwide Film Festival and Symposium held in April at SUNY Fredonia.

Peter Myers’ animated film “Gone Fishing” won first place in the animation category. Jeffrey Newell’s “Myopia” received honorable mention in the experimental category as well as the prestigious Audience Choice Award.

“Ekiti Son” by Calvin Nemec won first place in the music video category. These films can be seen on online on Vimeo.

Myers, of Red Hook, is a junior cinema and screen studies major. Newell is from Liverpool and is a graduate student in art who majored in both broadcasting and cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.

Nemec is a junior broadcasting and cinema and screen studies major from East Aurora.

The top awards for student papers went to Oswego students: first place to “Bits of Jeanne Deilman in Irreversible and Hunger” by Michael Fisher and second place to “Spice World: The Masquerade of the Third Wave of Feminism” by Kelsey Titus.

Fisher, of Islip Terrace, graduated in December with majors in technology education and cinema and screen studies. Titus is from Cicero and is a graduate student in technology education who majored in cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.

Spring classes at Lakeside Artisans

Sewn spring bag
Sewn spring bag

Spring has sprung at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

Classes for the month of May include hand-painted silk scarves, sewn spring bags and hand painted papier mache boxes.

Cindy Schmidt is teaching a class in hand painted silk scarves from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Create your own wearable art to brighten up your spring.

There is a class limit of six students. All materials will be provided.

Make a fashionable spring bag in a class offered at Lakeside Artisans from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 8.

The instructor, Kathy Fenlon will guide students in selecting fabric to design their own unique bag. There is a limit of four students per class.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the bag in class. The bag includes an easy (practically fool proof) way to install a zipper. These bags make great gifts!

Students may bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one. A machine will be provided for students who do not have one to bring.

General knowledge of operating a sewing machine is helpful — the sewing is easy and basic.

Use bright spring colors and motifs to decorate two small papier mache boxes in a class with Lakeside Artisans’ artist Michele Southgate. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

To register for the class, or for more information, contact us at 342-8880 or lakesideartisans@gmail.com .

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the items and a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per participant.

Registration for a class may be done in person at Lakeside Artisans or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, with contact information, at 191 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Granby goes Greek

Jacob Fauler, David Powers and Taylor Bonoffski are pictured here at Granby’s Greek Festival. Bonoffski holds a replica she made of the Parthenon, built in ancient Greece for the goddess of Athena.
Jacob Fauler, David Powers and Taylor Bonoffski are pictured here at Granby’s Greek Festival. Bonoffski holds a replica she made of the Parthenon, built in ancient Greece for the goddess of Athena.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Sixth-grade students at Granby Elementary School recently ended a unit on ancient Greece.

As a final assessment for the unit, students were assigned a research project. These projects were then shared with the school during a Greek Festival, held in the school’s main lobby.

Students chose topics such as the Olympics, the Parthenon, Greek Gods, the ancient Greek alphabet and weaponry.

As for the actual projects, students made posters, Spartan shields, spears and temple replicas.

Students in Joe McNamara’s class studied Greece’s culture, the country’s religion, government and economy and where the country is located in Europe.

Fairgrieve students have self-control

Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla congratulates students who were recognized for meeting the April behavioral expectation of exhibiting self-control. In the front row, from left, are Hunter Aldasch, Riley Niver, Matthias Searor, Corbin Cross, Gianna Tucker, Zoe Bechtel, Josalynn Taylor and Matisyn Brockway. In the middle row, from left, are Chelsey Latocha, Joshua Brown, Ashlyn Bonnell, Emily Barrett, Aiden Demars, Allen Mitchell and Brianna Stoltz. In the back row, from left, are Ciesla, Teara Smith, Sara Burnett, Hailly Bourlier, Aryona DiGregorio, Alyssa Kurak, Emily Sohoski and Ian Blaine.
Fairgrieve Elementary School Principal Jean Ciesla congratulates students who were recognized for meeting the April behavioral expectation of exhibiting self-control. In the front row, from left, are Hunter Aldasch, Riley Niver, Matthias Searor, Corbin Cross, Gianna Tucker, Zoe Bechtel, Josalynn Taylor and Matisyn Brockway. In the middle row, from left, are Chelsey Latocha, Joshua Brown, Ashlyn Bonnell, Emily Barrett, Aiden Demars, Allen Mitchell and Brianna Stoltz. In the back row, from left, are Ciesla, Teara Smith, Sara Burnett, Hailly Bourlier, Aryona DiGregorio, Alyssa Kurak, Emily Sohoski and Ian Blaine.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate at Fairgrieve Elementary School on Thursday (April 24) as 22 students earned recognition for their good behavior and the Glee Club performed a song.

During the school’s Morning Express program, the fourth-grade Glee Club sang “From the Inside Out,” which underscored the importance of self-control, April’s Virtue of the Month.

They sang about being an architect of their own life and building their own character.

“Self-control is choosing for yourself the things that you do and the things you are responsible for,” said music teacher Hope Lawton.

After the performance, Principal Jean Ciesla recognized the following students for exhibiting exemplary self-control during the month of April: Brianna Stoltz, Josalynn Taylor and Zoe Bechtel (kindergarten); Corbin Cross, Gianna Tucker and Matthias Searor (first grade); Riley Niver, Matisyn Brockway, Hunter Aldasch and Emily Barrett (second grade); Allen Mitchell, Ashlyn Bonnell and Chelsey Latocha (third grade).

Also: Ian Blaine, Joshua Brown and Aiden Demars (fourth grade); Emily Sohoski, Hailly Bourlier and Aryona DiGregorio (fifth grade); and Alyssa Kurak, Sara Burnett and Teara Smith (sixth grade).

Each student received a button recognizing them for their achievement.

Kids see what parents do at work

As part of Bring Your Child to Work Day, Kyle Williams (son of G. Ray Bodley art teacher Meredith Williams) joins National Honor Society member Kimberly Searor to admire the turtle shell on display in Dan Mainville’s science classroom. Nearly two dozen children of Fulton school district employees learned a bit more about what their parents do for a living April 24. There were a variety of options for the youth to explore at Bodley during the school day, including literacy time, a physical education period, science adventures and art activities. In the art classroom, children created work using several mediums such as pastels, clay, beads and crayons. In Mainville’s science class, his three children enjoyed seeing the different things that their dad teaches to his students.
As part of Bring Your Child to Work Day, Kyle Williams (son of G. Ray Bodley art teacher Meredith Williams) joins National Honor Society member Kimberly Searor to admire the turtle shell on display in Dan Mainville’s science classroom. Nearly two dozen children of Fulton school district employees learned a bit more about what their parents do for a living April 24. There were a variety of options for the youth to explore at Bodley during the school day, including literacy time, a physical education period, science adventures and art activities. In the art classroom, children created work using several mediums such as pastels, clay, beads and crayons. In Mainville’s science class, his three children enjoyed seeing the different things that their dad teaches to his students.

Homeschoolers gather for cooperative

Liam MacLean takes a turn on the math Twister board as he reinforces math fact skills in grades 3 and 4.
Liam MacLean takes a turn on the math Twister board as he reinforces math fact skills in grades 3 and 4.

Forty-three LEAH (Loving Education at Home) members gathered at the Fulton Alliance Church for their twice annual home school cooperative.

The Oswego County Chapter of LEAH sponsors this sharing educational cooperative. This year’s spring co-op began on March 4 ending April 22.

More than 100 children attended, ranging in age from preschool to 12th grade. Each three hour session is divided into three 45-minute class periods and are further separated into age groups.

The classes vary every fall and spring. Some classes offered this co-op include: journalism, essay writing and great artists for high school students; sewing and New York State History for middle school students; and gym, music, math and art for some of the younger students.

Many class choices are available.

Anyone interested in LEAH or the cooperative can visit the website: www.homeschool-life.com click on NY State, then on the Oswego Chapter for more information.

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