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May 31, 2013

Area Arts News

Improv music to be heard

Performance Plus of Stamford will present multi-instrumentalist Justin Wixson in a solo improvised performance at the West Kortright Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Wixson, whose stage name “biped without wings” was inspired by Plato’s definition of man as a biped without feathers, will be creating original, on-the-spot compositions for the audience on piano and guitar. He attended Berklee School of Music in 2001 and finished his classical training on string bass at Ithaca College in 2006. While at Ithaca, he was welcomed to perform with peers at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in Manhattan. 

He is a board-certified music therapist, with a master’s degree from the State University College at New Paltz in 2011.

The West Kortright Centre is at 49 West Kortright Church Road in East Meredith. Doors will open at 1:30; the performance is at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call Dave at 242-1260. 

Percussion performance set

Percussionist Marcel Smith will present “Reflective Landscapes of Bardo,” a meditative solo percussion performance, at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Gallery at 128 Main St. in Stamford.

“Bardo” is a Tibetan word for spiritual transition. The performance will include an array of instruments including drums, gongs, cymbals, bells, wood sound blocks, an assortment of bells and found objects.

Cost is $8, and a potluck dinner will be offered.

For more information, call 652-4030.

Photo exhibit to open at library

The Sidney Memorial Public Library will present “Bob Wyer’s Delaware County: Photographs From The Mid-20th Century,” in June. The exhibit from the Delaware County Historical Society features the photography of local photojournalist Bob Wyer.

Wyer’s collection of more than 150,000 negatives were donated to the DCHS in 1970. For insurance purposes he photographed stores, hotels, farms and business, which provide a broad documentation of life in the Catskills. As a staff photographer for the Oneonta Star, Wyer often photographed accidents, fires and a few murders. Images from his years a freelance photographer and photojournlist make up the exhibit of almost 100 photographers. 

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