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Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage
Friday, July 20, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia
Tickets: $25 regular, $15 seniors/students, 12 and under free

Second performance of commissioned opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, with music by Persis Parshall Vehar and libretto by Gabrielle Vehar.

CNY native Matilda Joslyn Gage was one of the triumvirate, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who founded the women's suffrage movement in NYS. But she was "pushed aside" when Anthony and Stanton, after 40 years of tireless work, joined with the Temperance movement in order to involve more people in the movement.

The opera includes Frederick Douglass, who stayed overnight in Cazenovia on his way to Gerritt Smith’s estate in Peterboro, where many escaped slaves were housed before heading to the Adirondacks for land Smith gave them. Once land-owners, they couldn't be caught as slaves.

The Gage home was always a stop on the Underground Railroad. Chittenango native L. Frank Baum was Gage’s son-in-law and has a part in the opera.

The opera is directed by Victoria King, with projections by David Harper. Cast includes Danan Tsan, Laura Enslin, Juliane Price, Julia Ebner, Erik Angerhofer Gregory Sheppard, Jonathan Howell, chorus, and chamber ensemble.

Rising Stars Concert
Wednesday, July 18, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers performed by prize-winning musicians, featuring CNYAMT Scholarship and piano competition winner Bradley Zell with composer Gregg Welcher; Sachin Shukla, viola/composer; Dominic Fiacco, organ, with composer Emmanuel Sikora.

Sunday, July 15, 4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premiere of Chorale, a 2018 SNM commissioned work by Kevin Ernste, selections from Howard Boatwright's Choralbuch celebrating the centenary of his birth; plus former Israel winner Ryan Chase's Stargazer; Tonia Ko's Hum Phenomenon, 2017; and Mizzy Mazzoli's Still Life with Avalanche

Creation Celebration
Friday, July 13, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia First Methodist Church, Lincklaen St., Cazenovia
Tickets: $20 regular, $15 seniors/students, 12 and under free

An immersive arts event with poetry by David Hitchcock, lighting and visuals by Lorne Covington and Kevin Lucas, and music by Alex Stephenson (2017 Israel prize winner), Sam Pellman, Diane Jones, Mark Olivieri, Peter Allen, and Doug Quin.

Rising Stars Concert
Wednesday, July 11, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Premieres of music by young composers performed by prize-winning musicians, plus the classics. Dominic Fiacco, piano, with composer Emmanuel Sikora; Charlie Loh, violin (CNYAMT and CMM Concerto Competition winner), with composer Mario Pietra; Adina Martin, soprano, with composer Alexandria Kemp.

Vision of Sound
Sunday, April 8, 4:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

New dance works by six Upstate composers collaborating with six regional choreographers, with electronics and video, performed by the Society All-Stars and regional dancers –- a feast of sight and sound.

Music by Peter Allen, Diane Jones, Sally Lamb McCune, Mark Olivieri, Octavio Vazquez, and Michael "Doc" Woods is paired with choreography by Paige Cummings, Christina D’Amico, Lynea D’Aprix, Molly Naef, Zachary Frazee, and Caitlyn Schrader.

Also performed at Nazareth College's Linehan Chapel on April 6 at 7:00 pm and at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall on April 7 at 7:30 pm.

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