A symphonic experience will return to downtown Jamestown for a 15th season.
The Jamestown Concert Association will present the biannual performance of Symphoria, formerly the Syracuse Symphony, at 8 tonight at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
According to Jon Garland, board member and musician of Symphoria, the symphony orchestra was created by a group of community leaders and about 40 musicians from the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The group performs a wide variety of music at venues across New York state.
"We think there is something about coming to a live performance that just can't be duplicated anywhere else," Garland said. "Being able to see the performers and feel the music with others creates a very special excitement, and we strive to create that kind of electric connection in our performances."
The event will include performances of Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," Edvard Grieg's "Last Spring" and Robert Schumann's "Symphony No. 1." Serving as conductor for the pieces will be Juan Francisco La Manna, professor and orchestra conductor for Oswego State University. For La Manna, the second movement of "Symphony No. 1" is a favorite.
"It is a great chance for me," La Manna said. "I have enjoyed studying the music very much. I will absolutely enjoy conducting a wonderful orchestra and great soloist - I'm looking forward to making music together. I am also very much looking forward to seeing that part of the state."
The concert will also feature violinist Mayuko Kamio as a special guest. It's her first time playing with Symphoria, as well as to visit this part of New York. Kamio will perform during Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," which is a popular piece that is easy to listen to, Kamio said.
"It's actually a very difficult piece to play, and not only technically, but because it's baroque," Kamio said. "As a violinist, we usually don't play baroque very much, we usually play classical or romantic. In fact, 'Summer' and 'Winter' are quite technical and very fast - it's almost baroque-rock. I've thought a lot about how to play this piece, and I'm actually not really confident - but I look forward to playing it because I feel I can bring a new light to the performance of this piece."
Sally Ulrich, Jamestown Concert Association representative, said she hopes to see people of all ages attend the show because classical music is a timeless art form that everyone should experience.
"We'd like to show the town that classical music not just for your grandparents," Ulrich said. "To steal a phrase, 'You already love classical music, you just don't know it yet' - we warmly invite all to try it."
Tickets to the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $7.50 for college students and children are free when accompanied by an adult. Student "bring-a-parent" discounts are also offered. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-7070 or visit www.reglenna.com.
Symphoria will also appear at St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 375-2494 or visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Natalie Merchant Premieres New Tune On NPR's "All Songs TV": Natalie Merchant's new self-titled album, which will be comprised of all original material - a first in 13 years, is set to be released by Nonesuch Records on Tuesday, May 6. In celebration of the release, Merchant premiered a music video for "Giving Up Everything" on NPR's "All Songs TV." Visit http://n.pr/1ixh73I to view the video.
Theatre For A Cause To Present "12 Angry Men" At Spire Theater: A community theater production of "12 Angry Men" is set to run at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the Spire Theater. Presented by Theatre for a Cause, the show serves a benefit for Prendergast Library. Tickets are $12.
The Spire is located at 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit in-spire.us.
SUNY Fredonia To Hose SUNYWide Film Festival And Symposium: The 5th SUNYWide Film Festival and Symposium will be held at SUNY Fredonia today through Saturday. The event aims to showcase the exceptional work of movie and filmmakers across the State University of New York system.
The festival will begin on Thursday by celebrating the creation, research and instruction of the cinematic arts. The competitive film festival will include 23 movies in categories of animation, documentary, experimental, music video and narrative. The works will be juried by Tommy Hartung and Jeff Clark.
Hartung will offer a presentation with selected works on Thursday and Clark will host one on Friday; both are scheduled for 7 p.m. in Jewett Hall Room 101. Clark will also discuss his work as an actor and producer on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Williams Center Room 204D.
Student paper presentations will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in Williams Center Room 204D. A faculty symposium entitled "Teaching the Cinematic Arts" will also be held in Room 204D on Friday at 1 p.m. Also on Friday, Hartung will host an open critique session for students at 2 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 106.
Student film showcases will be held at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and a "Best of the Fest" event will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Jewett Hall Room 101. A faculty showcase will follow on Saturday at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.sunywidefilmfestival.com.
Lakewood Memorial Library To Host Big Read Event Tuesday: The Lakewood Memorial Library's book discussion group will host a reading by Ben Blood on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
Blood will read from Gerome Charyn's "The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson" as part of this year's celebration of Big Read. Blood will also host an Emily Dickinson poetry reading from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m.
The events is open to the public. The Lakewood Memorial Library is located at 12 W. Summit St. in Lakewood.
Infinity To Host Second Session Of Cultural World Tour Spring Break Camp: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts is set to host the second session of a camp aimed at exploring culture, music, art, dance, theater, language and costume.
The session is set for Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The camp is for those 5-16 years old, and it is $120 for the session.
Infinity is located at 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 664-0991 or visit www.infinityperformingarts.org.
J.S. Bach's St. John Passion To Be Presented At SUNY Fredonia Wednesday: The SUNY Fredonia School of Music's string, woodwind, choral and voice areas are set to combine to present "The Saint John Passion" by J.S. Bach at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Rosch Recital Hall.
A pre-concert talk entitled "Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?" by Dr. Dale Tuggy, professor of philosophy and coordinator of interdisciplinary minor in religious studies, will also be held at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.fredonia.edu/music.
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Collaborative Exhibit and Benefit For IONA's Army: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. to 4 a.m., Cibo's, 100 E. Third St. in Jamestown.
Sterling Pollaro's Tribute To Elvis: 8 p.m., Struthers Library Theater, 302 W. Third Ave. in Warren, Pa.
Howard Buck and the Rustic Ramblers: 8 p.m. to midnight, Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown.
John Halmi: 8-11 p.m., Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Jesse Taylor Smith: 8 p.m. to midnight, Peek'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.
Derek Davis and Barry Edwards: 9 p.m., Yesterday's, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood.
Kevin Costner And Modern West: 7 p.m., Seneca Allegany Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.
Opera House Cinema Series Presents "Girl On A Bicycle": 7:30 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. in Fredonia.
Touch of Gold: 8 p.m. to midnight, Herman Kent American Legion Post 777, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown.
Robert Vance and Katie Kurpiewski: 8 p.m. to midnight, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.
Ralph Chamberlain Jr. Band: 8:30 p.m., Amvets Post 50, 3838 Stoney Run Road in Sugar Grove, Pa.
Karaoke Contest With Cash Prizes: 9 p.m., Murdocks, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Qwister featuring Ryan Melquist, Ryan Ecklund and Danya Witherspoon: 10 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown.
Well Worn Boot with Eric Basile and Bohdan Kanicki: 10 p.m., Mojo's, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Spring Break Dance Party with Mama Glamazon and DJ Tanner: 10:30 p.m. Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown.