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Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage
Sunday, January 21, 4:00 PM
Carrier Theater, Civic Center, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Premiere of a new opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage, written by Persis Parshall Vehar with a libretto by Gabrielle Vehar.

Stage Director: Victoria King
Set Design: David Harper
Costumes: Jody Luce
Lighting: Bob Dwyer
Stage Manager: Amy Doherty
Conductor: Heather Buchman
Musical Director: Sar Shalom Strong
Producer: Neva Pilgrim
Chorus Director: Richard Fields

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Danan Tsan
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Laura Enslin
Susan B. Anthony: Juliane Price
Frederick Douglass & John, runaway slave: Gregory Sheppard
Dr. Electa Thomas: Jennifer Stevens
Dr. Isaiah Thomas: Jonathan Howell
Maud Baum: Julia Ebner
L. Frank Baum: Steve Stull
Chorus: Kelli Wright, Carole Brzozowski, Gayle Ross, Sue Fields, Carol Rothbart, Richard Fields, Richard Pilgrim, Mike Chellis, David Hitchcock, Dan Williams

Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage was commissioned by the Society for New Music, part of a series of events marking the centennial of women's suffrage in New York State, continuing until 2020, a century after the ratification of the 19th amendment.


Many Worlds
Friday, February 16, 7:30 PM
Park Central Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Premiere of a commissioned work by Kevin Ernste, plus works by Stephen Ferre, Israel winner Simon Frisch, and Alex Burtzos, performed by the Society All-Stars.


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 Diane Jones, Sally Lamb McCune, Mark Olivieri, Octavio Vazquez, James Gordon Williams, and Doc Woods.


past concerts

Currents of Dark and Light
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church, 819 Madison St., Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Judith Shatin For the Fallen, 2016
Lera Auerbach Trio, 2014
David Heuser Taxi of Midnight, 2015
Harold Meltzer Piano Quartet, 2016
Alex Stephenson O Clarissima, 2015

Performers include Kelly Covert, flute; John Friedrichs, clarinet; Peter Rovit, violin; Josh Lohner, viola; Greg Wood, cello; Rob Auler, piano; Rob Bridge, percussion; Diane Hunger, saxophone; and Heather Buchman, conductor.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Friday, October 20, 6:30 PM
Palace Theater, Eastwood, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Syracuse premiere of the score by Donald Sosin for this iconic 1920 silent film, the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema. Presented in conjunction with the Syracuse International Film Festival and LeMoyne College, and performed by the Society All-Stars with the Colgate Chamber Singers.


Auras
Tuesday, September 19, 8:00 PM
Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University campus, Syracuse
Tickets: $15 regular, $12 students/seniors, free for children 12 and under

Works by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and Vietnamese composer and performer Vanessa Van-Ahn Vo, performed by guest artists Elissa Johnston and Kathleen Roland, sopranos, and the Society All-Stars, with Heather Buchman conducting.


Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage
Friday, July 21, 7:30 PM
Cazenovia College Theater, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia

Staged scenes from an opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage by Persis Parshall Vehar, with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar, celebrating the NYS Centenary of the women’s suffrage movement. Mrs. Gage, a Fayetteville resident, was one of the triumvirate, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to spark the movement. Gage’s daughter Maud married L. Frank Baum; therefore, the creator of the Wizard of Oz has a role in the opera.

Cast includes: Danan Tsan, Julia Ebner, Laura Enslin, Ivy Walz, Steve Stull, Jonathan Howell, Greg Sheppard, and Victoria King.


Rising Stars
Wednesday, July 19, 12:30 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cazenovia
Tickets: Free

Winners of regional competitions flutist Julia Musengo (Camillus), soprano Clotilde Cecchi (Cazenovia), and pianist Ben Daly (Manlius), perform the classics, plus premieres of works written for them by composers Charles van Tassel, Bryan Sweeney, and Gregg Welcher.

With Sar Shalom Strong, collaborative pianist.


Home, the Sum of Our Stories
Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 PM
Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Rd., Cazenovia

A cabaret-style concert including the premiere of Chris Cresswell’s Maybe home is the sum of all our stories, along with music by Du Yun (2017 Pulitzer winner), Fang Man, Scott Gobin, and Daniel Sutheran for chamber ensemble and electronics.

Learn more about Critz Farms.


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