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Ke-Nekt season series to cross musical boundaries

SUNY Oswego's 2014-15 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series features Sybarite5 -- a string quintet known for its eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style -- as well as violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo, bassoonist Gregory Quick, British trio Voice and trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas.

SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this season will offer star power and a wide array of instrumentalists and styles, including classically trained musicians who cover Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, a renowned much-studied trumpeter/composer, a homegrown orchestral violinist and a respected bassoonist. All performances in the Ke-Nekt series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on selected Wednesdays in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Each event’s host will deliver a preconcert talk at 7.

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Sandra Scott Travels: A Real Sweet Time In Boston

From bean to the bar

Whenever John and I visit a new area we check to see if they have free tours, Global Greeters, culinary experiences and/or chocolate tours. While the culinary experience and chocolate tours are not free they add an interesting facet to our travels. When we were in Boston we signed up for the Back Bay Chocolate tour offered by Boston Chocolate Tours, (www.bostonchocolatetours.com). It is just one of their tours. They also offer shopping that includes chocolate stops and cupcake tours. It is all yummy.

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Veteran Cast Prepares Farce

There is no love lost between the characters played by Tammy Wilkinson, left and Julia Preston-Fulton in the farce "Who's On First?" The play opens at the Arts Center at Fort Ontario on Sept. 12.

Four local veteran actors are being prepared by director Sherri Metz for the upcoming production of the farce, “Who’s On First?” The play will be presented in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Arts Center at Fort Ontario September 12, 13, 19-21. Metz, who directed such recent hits as “Don’t Drink The Water” and “Caught In The Net” selected Peter Mahan, Julia Preston-Fulton, Knathan MacKenzie-Roy and Tammy Lynn Wilkinson for the on-stage performers.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Take A Stroll Through Oswego’s Peace Garden

Oswego's Peace Garden

It is so easy to drive by places day after day and not notice what is along the way. In my case it was the 1812 Peace Garden on Oswego’s Leotta-Seaway Trail Park. I knew about the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail because when John and I were in Batavia we visited theirs. It is only right that there is one in Oswego where so many significant events of the “Forgotten War” took place. Oswego’s was developed in 2003 by City Engineer Anthony a. Loetta, the Jay Saternow family and several community volunteers.

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SUNY Oswego professor releases solo piano recordings

Robert Auler, associate professor of music at SUNY Oswego, plays solo piano for "Shards," a new CD featuring the music of composer Jonathan Pieslak, a longtime friend of Auler's and an associate professor of music theory and composition at City College of New York. As the title evokes, the recording features widely divergent, often rapidly shifting pieces and influences.

SUNY Oswego music faculty member and concert pianist Robert Auler has joined forces with composer and friend Jonathan Pieslak to publish “Shards,” a collection of piano solos featuring widely divergent influences. Auler, who has taught at Oswego for 11 years — and whose global performance career added China and South Africa in just the last year — met Pieslak in graduate school at the University of Michigan.

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Sandra Scott Travels: Find Great Person-To-Person Tours

Global Greeter Network, www.globalgreeternetwork.info, is a wonderful way to find a free person-to-person tour. Greeters are volunteers who love their city so much they volunteer to give free two-hour tours. They take visitors to parks, shopping, or lesser known neighborhoods. Greeters are not professional guides, so greeters do not take their guests to museums leaving that to professional guides.

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Violet M. Pulvere, 86

Violet M. Pulvere, 86, of Buckley Road, North Syracuse, and former town of Granby resident, passed away peacefully at the Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville on Saturday August 30, 2014.

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Austin J. ‘Archie’ Crandall Sr., 75

Austin J. “Archie” Crandall Sr., 75, of Phoenix, passed away on Saturday August 30, 2014.

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Ke-Nekt season series to cross musical boundaries

SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this season will offer star power and a wide array of instrumentalists and styles, including classically trained musicians who cover Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, a renowned much-studied trumpeter/composer, a homegrown orchestral violinist and a respected bassoonist. All performances in the Ke-Nekt series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on selected Wednesdays in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Each event’s host will deliver a preconcert talk at 7.

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Neil E. McLenna, 71

Neil E. McLenna, 71, a resident of New Haven, died suddenly at home on Saturday August 30, 2014.

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M. Pauline Sheridan, 93

M. Pauline Sheridan, 93, a resident of Drumlins Heights in Radisson, and a former resident of Oswego and St.Augustine, Fla., passed away on Sunday August 31, 2014, at the Francis House.

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