Civic Morning Musicals Start on September 14 at Everson Museum

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Pianist Ann Barnes to Present a Light Classical Concert Including Sacred Spirituals, Tchaikovsky’s Favorite Melodies, and Billy Joel

Civic Morning Musicals, one of Syracuse’s oldest musical presenting organizations, announces its 126th Season beginning on September 14, 2016. Pianist Ann Barnes will give the first concert, part of the Wednesday Recital Series, at 12:30pm in the Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse.

The Wednesday Recital Series includes 31 concerts, including a special Christmas Concert on December 14th. All concerts are lunch-time specials from 12:30 -1:30pm at Hosmer Auditorium in the Everson Museum of Art, with free admission and parking available adjacent to the Everson.

CMM’s Live! Concert Series features 6 concerts given by prominent professional musicians familiar to Syracuse area audiences. All concerts are at 2:00pm in Everson Museum’s Hosmer Auditorium, with tickets at $20 (students and children have free admission with ID). Contributors to the organization’s Community of Support receive various discounts for these concerts. This year’s lineup includes a celebration of the repair and refurbishing of CMM’s two Steinway pianos with eight pianists singly and together; a 100th Birthday Anniversary celebration of Syracuse’s beloved Helen Boatwright given by her former students and collaborators; and a concert of Central New York Young Artists, winners of the many area competitions this season for young musicians.

Ann Barnes has been playing piano professionally in the Syracuse area since 1972.

She is a classically trained pianist and plays a wide variety of music from ragtime to jazz, New Age, Show Tunes, standards, 40's and up, movie and TV themes, easy listening and sing-a-longs. She entertains mostly at private parties, weddings, and community events, and she also enjoys accompanying vocalists, singers and instrumentalists. Ann is willing to play just about anywhere and on a moment's notice if she is available. Ann says, "There is nothing like 'live' entertainment. It is so much more up close and personal." She enjoys engaging an audience. She also has a trio consisting of stand-up bass and drums and substitutes as a pianist/organist in several churches in the Syracuse area. Ms. Barnes studied voice and piano at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1970.

Ms. Barnes’ program includes “Sacred Selections” (For the Beauty of the Earth, Rejoice the Lord is King), and “Classics” (Hooked on Tchaikovsky, Jean’s Mouret’s Rondeau, famous for its use on Masterpiece Theatre), and a Polovetsian Dance from Alexander Borodin’s opera, Prince Igor. She follows with “The Dream Sequence” with music by Charles Williams and David Lanz, and a “Fun Sequence” featuring Variations on “Three Blind Mice,” and Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter.”   She “says Good-bye” with “Happy Trails to You” by Dale Evans (and Roy Rogers), and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

Civic Morning Musicals was formed in 1890 by dedicated women musicians performing for each other, which took root and became the vehicle for bringing great musicians to Syracuse, for fostering careers of Syracuse musicians, and for recognizing new generations of young artists through competitions and scholarships. According to CCM Board President Robert Oddy of DeWitt, “Variety is the spice of life, and especially of music. We have always worked to respond to the musical tastes of our audiences by programming the widest possible variety of artists and concerts. In 2016-2017 you will hear vocal, string and wind recitals of Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich, but when was the last time you heard a concert of French trombone & piano music, Flamenco singers and dancers, 8 (!) piano soloists on one program, or a Classical Guitar Ensemble playing Spanish and Latin American music?”

These programs are made possible by the Everson Museum of Art, private donations, and benefit recitals. For more information, please call Mack Richardson at 315-638-0674 or visit .

Following are the scheduled programs for Civic Morning Musicals 2016-2017 season:


CIVIC MORNING MUSICALS   Live! at the Everson series 2016-17

All concerts Sundays at 2 p.m. at Hosmer Auditorium in the Everson Museum of Art


October 9, 2016     Piano Celebration

To celebrate the recent repair and refurbishing of CMM’s two Steinway grand pianos, we have a concert of music for solo, four-hands, two piano - two pianists and four pianists, played by Syracuse-based pianists Kathleen Haddock, Amy Heyman, Steve Heyman, Fred Karpoff, Maryna Mazhokhova, John Spradling, Sar-Shalom Strong, and Ida Tili-Trebicka.


November 6, 2016   Helen Boatwright 100th Birthday Anniversary

Celebrating Syracuse’s Soprano and Teacher Extraordinaire. Prominent singers from CNY, who were students of or had significant professional interaction with Helen Boatwright, will perform: Janet Brown, Jonathan English, Tessa Romano, Geoffrey Friedley, accompanied by Sar-Shalom Strong and Ida Tili-Trebicka.


November 27, 2016 Journeys for Voice and Piano

Julie Newell, mezzo soprano and James Welch, piano, perform music of Handel, Debussy, Copland and Ives.


March 5, 2017   The Jefferson Quartet & Pianist Ida Tili-Trebicka

Peter Rovit and Edgar Tumajyan, violins; Arvilla Rovit, viola; and Lindsay Groves, cello, play Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421 and Max Bruch’s. Eight Pieces for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 83, and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57.


April 9, 2017    19th-Century Instruments  

David Kim, forte piano and pianoforte and Lauren Basney, violin, perform a program using 19th-Century keyboard and violin instruments, with music by Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.


June 4, 2017 CNY Young Artists Live!

Winners of CNY young artist competitions during the 2016-17 season for pre-college young musicians: Onondaga County Music Educators Association, Central New York Association of Music Teachers, Civic Morning Musicals/Symphoria, Syracuse Youth Orchestra, and the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra.



Wednesday Recital Series, 2016-17

All concerts are Wednesdays at 12:30-1:30 pm in Hosmer Auditorium at the Everson Museum of Art


September 14, 2016

Ann Barnes, piano
The season gets off to a joyful start with a light classical piano concert, wonderfully differing styles of music including sacred selections, Classics (including “Hooked on Tchaikovsky”), a Dream Sequence and a Fun Sequence, and “Saying Good Bye” with (Roy Rogers and) Dale Evens and Billy Joel.


September 21, 2016

Nicholas Abelgore, trombone, Sabine Krantz, piano
Trombone en France: music of Bizet, Dutilleux, Debussy, Guilmant, Debussy and Leonard Bernstein.


September 28, 2016

Alegre Flamenco: Luba Lesser, cante; Andy Culpepper, toque (guitar); David Colegrove, cajon (drum); Marisa Guzman, bailaora (lead dancer); Anna Elise, bailaora (support dancer); Karmen; palmista (hand percussion)
Syracuse's premier flamenco group, performing traditional and nuevo Flamenco repertoire.


October 5, 2016

Nicholas Hrynyk, piano
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by Franck, and Beethoven’s magnificent Piano Sonata
No. 31 in A-flat Major.


October 12, 2016

Kirsten Ariel, soprano; Robert Dunlap, tenor
Two song cycles by Syracuse-born composer Ben Moore: “So Free Am I” for soprano, and “Dear Theo” for tenor.


October 19, 2016

Jenni Foutch, flute; John Ferrara, classical guitar
Spanish and Latin American music for flute and guitar by Astor Piazzolla, Zequinha de Abreu, Heitor Villa Lobos, and Celso Machado.


October 26, 2016

Dr. Ahreum Kim, violin; Dr. Sophie Jiehea Hong, piano
Violin and piano works by Szymanowski, Sarasate, Bolcom, and Lutoslawski


November 2, 2016

Naama Liany, mezzo-soprano; Ida Tili Trebicka, piano
Le Métro (Paris) & The Subway (NYC) - this program is a dialog between voice and piano passing through the stations with works of Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.


November 9, 2016

Elizabeth & Evangeline Canfield, piano
Landmark works for piano four-hands: Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Franz Peter Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Four Hands.


November 16, 2016

Lake Effect Winds: Beth Scott, flute; Kathryn Dimmel, oboe; Tom McKay, clarinet; Margie Hawthorne, horn; Jill Bushnell, bassoon
The popular wind quintet returns to play music by Aaron Copland, György Ligeti and Gordon Jacob.


December 12, 2016

CMM’s Annual Christmas Concert
Directed by Gayle Ross and Jerry Exline.


January 11, 2017

Lana Stafford, flute; Dana Huyge, viola; Sabine Krantz, piano; Deette Bunn, harp
20th-century works for flute, viola, harp, and piano, including Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Copland's Duo for Flute and Piano, and Gaubert's Sonata in A.


January 18, 2017

John Spradling Piano Studio
Rising artists, featuring Thomas Nguyen and others with John Spradling.


January 25, 2017

Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano; Dr. Tyler Wottrich, piano
Minnesota comes to Syracuse to celebrate song music: Dominick Argento's Casa Guidi, Libby Larsen's Love after 1950, and Celius Dougherty Songs. Minnesotans Clara and Tyler display the song legacy these composers have fostered.


February 1, 2017

Charis Dimaras, piano
Great composers using Theme and Variations form: Joseph Haydn, Clara Wieck Schumann, Franz Liszt and others.


February 8, 2017

Emily Martin, soprano; Sezi Seskir, piano
"Home,” a collection of old and new songs about immigrants and refugees, including a newly commissioned work based on Syrian refugee poems, and more Classical and Romantic Periods selections.


February 15, 2017

Piano Studio of Ida Tili-Trebicka from the Setnor School of Music, Syracuse University.


February 22, 2017

John Ferrara's Classical Guitar Ensemble
Spanish and Latin American music from the Renaissance to the present day.


March 1, 2017

Lindsay Duke, flute; Angela Peterson, piano
Exploring the world of Pan, the Greek god of nature and shepherds, and his infamous flute through musical works for flute and piano.


March 8, 2017

Singers from Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein’s Advanced Vocal Literature class at the Setnor School of Music, will perform songs of contemporary American, Russian and Scandinavian composers.


March 15, 2017

Tim Schmidt, guitar; Kent Bradshow, baritone
Music for solo guitar as well as guitar and baritone from around the world: Bach, Sor, Stuckey, Hand and others.


March 22, 2017

Voice Studio of Jonathan English from Syracuse University
Varied voices sing a varied program: from early music, opera, oratorio, art song, to contemporary Broadway and jazz.


March 29, 2017

Piano Major students from the Studio of Steven Heyman at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.


April 5, 2017

Norma Tippett, soprano; Connie Walters, mezzo-soprano; Ken Pease, tenor; Phil Eisenman, bass; Nancy Pease, piano; Jerry Exline, piano
A Celebration of the Great American Songbook: Choral medleys and solos of standards and jazz from the 1920s to 1950s.


April 12, 2017

Pamela Devenport, cello; Susan Crocker, piano
A “Cellobration” of sonatas and songs by Johannes Brahms, J. S. Bach, Manuel de Falla and Vincent Persichetti. Come and discover why you always say "Oh, I LOVE the cello!"


April 19, 2017

The Onyx Clarinet Quartet: Alan Woy, Laurie Dobmeier, Terry Gerber, clarinets; Roxanne Woy, bass clarinet;
The eclectic and versatile clarinet is at home in many genres.  This program celebrates its diversity with an offering of classical, jazz, pop, and international music.


April 26, 2017

Maria Whitcomb, soprano; Sabine Krantz. piano
Escape from Amherst: Emily Dickinson's Life of Freedom. Songs by Aaron Copland, Laotian and Jake Heggie.


May 3, 2017

Melanie Brunet Relyea, soprano; Nancy James, piano
From the opera house to stage and screen with stories reinvented and retold. Vocal selections from Romeo et Juliette, West Side Story, Madama Butterfly, Miss Saigon, Cendrillon (Cinderella, an opera by Jules Massenet) and more.


May 10, 2017

Gerald Zampino, clarinet; Gregory Wood, cello; Maryna Mazhukhova, piano
Virtuosic trio returns to CMM to play music by 19th-Century German composer Max Bruch. (The famous G Minor Violin Concerto is not the only piece he wrote!)


May 17, 2017

Susan Crocker, piano
Susan takes us on a lyrical journey through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-Century: Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, and Barber.


May 24, 2017

Lou Lemos, Conductor, leads a Madrigal Group from the Syracuse Pops Chorus in Renaissance Period music by composers including Di Lasso, Wilkes, Morley, Byrd, Farmer, and Gibbons.

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