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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Familiar Carols and Christmas Anthems
Sunday  December  21, 2008 4:00 pm
St Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic Church
81 Jordan St., Skaneateles, NY 13152
MasterWorks Chorale was founded as Marcellus Chorale in 1965 by Dr. Joseph Centrone, the Chorale’s first conductor. Dr. Centrone formed a chorus from four church choirs in Marcellus, New York. The present conductor, Maureen McCauley, assumed leadership in 1977.

Throughout the years, Chorale has presented a wide variety of performances. Christmas concerts have ranged from cabarets with choreography and costumes, to joint concerts with local choirs, high school groups, and handbell choirs. Original productions of popular choral arrangements with choreography, dialogue, and costuming were presented for many years. Marcellus Chorale performed jointly with other community choral groups, including the Oneida Area Civic Chorale, Endwell Community Chorus, Oswego Festival Chorus, and Mt. Carmel Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

MasterWorks Chorale, Inc.
PO Box 27
Marcellus, NY  13108
mwcinfo@masterworkschoralecny.org

Gradually an increasing emphasis was placed upon performing classical music. In 1988, Marcellus Chorale reorganized and incorporated as an auditioned group with the purpose of presenting choral masterworks.

The Chorale voted to change the name of the musical organization to MasterWorks Chorale in 196 to more adequately describe the music performed and to reflect the fact that members come from a wide geographical area. Since that time, the repertoire has focused upon works of major composers such as Verdi’s Requiem Mass, the Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Vespers, and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer.

In keeping with the goal of presenting the finest in choral music to Central New York audiences, MasterWorks Chorale often employs professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment.

Presently the singers hail from three counties: Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga. The hallmark of participation is a desire to aspire to the highest artistic standards.

MasterWorks Chorale welcomes vocalists who embrace the classics. Come join a dedicated group of singers who enjoy performing great works of the masters.
There are generally three major performances each year. The winter concert features one or more major works by classical composers. MasterWorks Chorale is also available for subscription concerts.

MasterWorks Chorale performs throughout Central New York, principally in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties. Performance locations have included Auburn, Aurora, Camillus, Marcellus, Skaneateles, Syracuse and Oswego.

Our orchestra musicians have typically come from the ranks of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. In seasons past, we collaborated with the Auburn Chamber Orchestra to present Mozart’s Requiem, and with the Syracuse Chorale in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the Berlioz Requiem.

Posted: Sunday, December 21st, 2008 @ 8:16 am by Curt
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New York Institute of Dance and Education presents the wonderful holiday variety show
Tuesday, December 23, 20008 at 7:00pm
CHRISTMAS IN THE FINGER LAKES

with Sean McLeod, Alex Cowings, Brian Morey, Jerami Kipp, Lorienne Beals & special surprise guests!

A great show for the family.

Tickets only $15 available at APT, NYIDE & Bambino’s Bistro

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PROFESSIONAL ACTING CLASSES FOR TEENS & ADULTS

FORMING FOR JANUARY NOW!

Contact: Janie@auburnpublictheater.com for info

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Auburn Public Theater is available for rental for corporate and private functions.

For information about our Movie Theater, Cafe Stage or Theater Stage:

info@auburnpublictheater.com

Posted: Thursday, December 11th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm by Curt
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Christmas in Aurora

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Village-wide Christmas sales, children’s activities and entertainment, and a visit from Santa capped
off by a holiday party at the Aurora Inn with a preview of “A Christmas Carol”, which will be
playing at the Morgan Opera House in December.

Free


Village of Aurora
Visit
http://www.auroraartsandmerchants.com/ for more information

Posted: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 @ 8:11 pm by Curt
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Dickens Christmas Celebrates 15th Anniversary

It began as a simple thank-you from village merchants to the Skaneateles community. Now, 15 years later, Dickens Christmas provides cherished holiday memories for thousands of families regionally and nationally.

Dickens Christmas—which opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs noon to 4 p.m. every weekend until Christmas—is improvisational street theater. Costumed Victorian characters wander the village streets, interacting with each other and with the public.

Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, concerts, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments, children’s activities, free costume rentals, locals night—all were there from the start and continue, in expanded form, as attractions today.

Dickens Christmas was the brainchild of Karen Foltz, owner of Pomodoro and Pomodoro Too, who had seen a similar production in Minnesota and—as a board member of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce—was looking for ways to boost business. “A lot of people now bring their family and friends—it’s a highlight of their holidays,” says Foltz, who serves as co-chair of the Dickens Christmas Committee. She notes the program began as “a fun little thing to do.”

Dickens Christmas was launched in 1993 under the direction of two area event planners—Lorraine Smoral and Gloria Romeo.  They were followed by Skaneateles resident Ted Davenport, who was followed by Wrynkle in Time Productions, of Rochester. Since 2001, the program has been produced by Scarlett Rat Entertainment, under the direction of Jim Greene (a.k.a. Mr. Dickens), of Dryden, N.Y.

With Scarlett Rat came the premise for the production: In 1842, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria visit Skaneateles. Based on the characters they meet on village streets—Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley—Dickens writes “A Christmas Carol” upon his return to London.

Over the years, the cast has grown from about 30 to 50 (more than half of whom are professional, paid actors), and the level of professionalism has greatly increased, as has the number of musical and theatrical offerings. The number of local residents participating remains an important part of the show.

Greene jokes that, as producer, he hires talented people and takes all the credit. But he says much of the program’s current success is due to the work of artistic director Maria Wechsler, whom he describes as “brilliant,” and musical director Kelly Stallard, who “has a gift for empowering everyone to sing with their own voice.”

Many of the professional actors are affiliated with the Sterling Renaissance Festival, which is where Greene was working in 1999 when he first took part in Dickens Christmas (playing Emerson Wales, the Rat Catcher). About 90 percent of the cast returns each year. “There’s a lot of love there,” says Greene, whose wife and children have all been a part of the production. “It’s a wonderful way to share the holiday season.”

One constant over the years has been Onondaga Hill resident Bob Krigbaum in the role of Scrooge.

“People get a kick out of my asking the shopkeepers for rent,” Krigbaum says. “I have a ball with it. Once I go into a store, it’s like magnetism. I have them laughing out loud.

“To be Scrooge, you have to be mean. It’s tough to be mean,” he says. “You learn to think real quick, to have an answer for whatever comes your way. Sometimes, people’s reactions are different than what you’d expect.”

Even after 15 years, Krigbaum has no difficulty keeping the character fresh. “The people you interact with help you do that,” he says. “Every time I come out here, it’s the first time.”

Krigbaum’s portrayal of Scrooge is drawn from three movies: “A Christmas Carol” (1951), “Scrooge” (1970) and “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992). According to Krigbaum, that makes the character—in turns—serious, funny and musical.

Krigbaum, who is a full-time professional actor with a degree in theater, spends the season playing not only Scrooge, but also Santa Claus (at Burnet Park). A man of many talents, he also is a professional clown, mime, World War II re-enactor and local TV personality.

Both Krigbaum and Greene recall having posed for hundreds of holiday photos. “When people ask to take my picture, I tell them, ‘It will cost you a shady penny,’ and they’ll give me one,” Krigbaum says.

“It’s been a real joy to share this work with my family,” says Greene. “Do I have a favorite moment? No. That’s like asking if I have a favorite child. But there’s been a lot of funny stuff, touching stuff, over the years.”

One of the most emotional moments for him, Greene says, was when he presented a check to the Skaneateles Fire Department in 2001, following 9/11.

As for the funny stuff, Greene says: “My job is to make people laugh all day. I help people create memories with their families. I’m pretty lucky to have this be my work.”

The real Mr. Dickens couldn’t have said it better.

 

Posted: Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 11:49 am by Curt
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grammies-pantryGrammie’s Pantry Offers Dickens Christmas Tea
 
Mr. Dickens, Scrooge, Tiny Tim and company won’t be arriving in Skaneateles until the day after Thanksgiving.
 
But you don’t have to wait until then to get a taste of Victorian England. Starting Nov. 1, and running through Dec. 20, Grammie’s Pantry Tea Room and Gift Shop will offer its traditional Dickens Christmas Tea.
 
The menu includes tea or gourmet coffee, fruit compote, scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream, Grammie’s Garlic Herb Feta Spread with crackers, tea sandwiches, quiche and dessert.
 
Cost is $19.95, and reservations are required.
 
Grammie’s Pantry is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1126 Woodworth Road, Skaneateles. For reservations, call 636-8111.
 
Starting Jan. 5, the tea room will open Monday through Saturday for English afternoon tea parties and a la carte lunches for parties of two or more, by reservation.

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Posted: Sunday, October 26th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm by Curt
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