WKC to host songwriter, band

Songwriter Iris DeMent, on vocals, piano and guitar, is on tour for the first time with a band, including percussionist Bryan Owings, vocalist Jason Wilbur, bassist David Jacques and pedal steel guitarist John Graboff.

She will perform at 8 p.m. today at the West Kortright Center at 49 W Kortright Church Road. Cost is $34, or $30 for WKC members or $18 for those younger than 19.

Fourth Friday art walk to continue

Downtown Norwich will be in full swing starting as early as 4 p.m. today for the monthly Fourth Friday art walk and show. Following the art walk, there are two artist receptions from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Jill Kraft gallery will feature the works of photographer Kathleen Moser and feature music by guitarist Jamie Willard today.

Moser, who lives in the Oxford area, has been doing photography for the past 20 years and specializes in fine art portraiture.

Just down the block, guest artist Carol Lukovich, a pine needle basket weaver and teacher will be the featured at Made In Chenango. Refreshments will be provided by Garfs Deli and Fojo bean Coffee Roasters. 

A complete list of participating artist’s and merchants is available at the The Artists’ Palette. For more information about the event or how to submit artwork, call Kraft at 244-1445.

Party of Two and Band to play

Susquehanna Trail Campground and Music Park at 4292 State Highway 7 in Oneonta will present Party of Two and Band at 7 p.m. Saturday.  The group will present a 1960s and ‘70s night featuring the hits of Neil Diamond. Party of Two, the duo of DJ (Davey Joe) Potter, vocalist, and JoAnn Bertone Chmielowski, pianist, will be accompanied by drummer Joe Tokarowski, and bass player MW Degan, and will feature special guest vocalist Judy Pitel, with trumpet player Peter Daum and backup vocalist Autumn Harmony. 

Admission is $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

Camping is available. For more information, call Susquehanna Trails at 432-1122 and visit www.susquehannatrailcampground.com.Lake House to host country band

The Back40 Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lake House in Richfield Springs. 

Formed in 1998, The Back40 Band was named two-time Northeast Country Music Awards entertainers of the year, named best of the Capital Region five times in a row from 2006 to 2010, and Best of Metroland from 2006 to 2009.

Tickets are $10 and $15 depending on seats. Call for reservations at (315) 529-7560.

More information can be found at cooperstownhotel.com.

 Belleayre to present ‘Carmen’

The Belleayre Festival Opera will present Georges Bizet’s  “Carmen” at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Bizet’smusic drama of passion, betrayal and revenge comes to Belleayre in a  production by Belleayre Festival Opera Artistic Director Donald Westwood, director of 14 main-stage operas at the Festival.

Set in Spain in the 19th century, the production features a company of 50 performers and musicians, including soloists with national and international credits. Musical highlights include the world-famous “Toreador Song” and Carmen’s seductive “Habanera.”

“Carmen” will be performed in the original French with simultaneous translation via SuperTitles.

Tickets the Belleayre Festival Opera’s performance of “Carmen” are $76, $66, $56 and $26 for lawn seating.

  Fenimore String Quartet to perform

The Artworks Concert Series in Cherry Valley will feature the Fenimore String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the The Star Theatre at 44 Main St. in Cherry Valley.

Fenimore String Quartet consists of Ruotao Mao and Sue Rabut on violin, Dee Dee Fancher on viola and Ruth Berry on cello.

The group will perform Franz Joseph Haydn “String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4” (”Sunrise”); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Flute Quartet in D, K. 285,” with Linda Greene on flute; the world premier of David Post’s “Elegy for String Quartet”; and Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 51.”

Oneonta Concert Band to perform

The Oneonta Concert Band will perform at the Worcester Historical Society Gazebo at 2 p.m. Sunday. In the case of rain, concert will be held at the Wieting Theater on Main Street in Worcester.

Concert series to continue Tuesday

Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series will continue with Diane Ducey and Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A variety of music is offered every Tuesday in July and August during the series’ ninth season in Lakefront Park.

Those who attend are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the free concerts.

The group performs songs from the early days of blues and jazz right up to the modern era. Besides Ducey, the band includes Rob Hunt on piano, John Davey on upright bass, and Joe Tokarowski on drums.

Classical guitar performance planned

Award winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the New Berlin Library Community room, at 15 S. Main St. in New Berlin.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.

Major works will include Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “Suite Compostelana” by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou, to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

For more information, visit www.peterfletcher.com.

Flute Fest set at Otesaga

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will present Flute Fest at the Otesaga at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The concert, which is free and open to all, will feature the flute choir from the NY Summer Music Festival’s prestigious International Flute Institute.

The Flute Fest, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the ballroom of the Otesaga Resort Hotel at 60 Lake St. in Cooperstown. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be a free make-your-own flute craft for children.

For more information, call (877) 666-7421, visit www.CooperstownMusicFest.org, or email info@cooperstownmusicfest.org.

Three nights of jazz set at festival

Latin jazz will light up the stage three nights in a row as the Belleayre Music Festival opens its Catskill Mountain Jazz Series from Thursday 1 to Aug. 3.

Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion get things hopping on Thursday, and The Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will take the stage on Friday, Aug. 2. Both shows will take place in the Belleayre Jazz Club. The Latin jazz theme will moves to the big stage on Saturday, Aug. 3, with Paquito D’Rivera & Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band.

Tickets for the Belleayre Jazz Club shows are $26 for general admission. Tickets for Paquito D’Rivera & Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band range from $26 to $66.

Roseboom group seeks artwork

Roseboom Historical Association will hold a show of the work of area artists from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19. An opening reception will be held at the RHA building Friday evening, Aug. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Organizers are seeking art in any medium, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pastel, drawing, print, mixed media, sculpture, assemblage and fabric.

Works may be submitted Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Roseboom Historical Association building on State Route 165 in Roseboom between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Contact Mary Lou Ganio at 242-1369 or marylou.ganio@gmail.com for more information.

Exhibits to open at CANO

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta will feature three exhibits by local artists Simone Mantellassi, Doug Jamieson and Walter Gurbo with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Wilber Mansion Galleries at 11 Ford Ave. in Oneonta. The show will run through Aug. 27.

Jamieson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His paintings and etchings are exhibited in galleries, art societies, colleges and museums and are included in collections throughout the U.S.

Mantellassi was born in Florence, Italy. His show “Blockheads” is an installation piece/interactive sculpture/photobooth and more.

Gurbo is a graduate from Pratt Institute and the High School of Art and Design. He is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist, set designer and most recently filmmaker. He is best-known for 12 years of the weekly surrealistic “Drawing Room” on the back of the Village Voice. He has been posting a daily “Drawing Room” on Facebook for almost a year. His exhibit at CANO, “Trade of Wonder,” is a selection from these Facebook posts.

Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. For more information, call 432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org.

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