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We told you so: SU will save the symphony!

Symphony Syracuse, a group established by former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra members, performs earlier this summer in Watertown.

Symphony Syracuse, a group established by former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra members, performs earlier this summer in Watertown.

— At that time, SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor praised the SSO as “an absolute gem, one of the key cultural anchors of Syracuse and Central New York.”

Now Cantor has backed up her words with action by setting in motion a plan to resurrect a full-time symphony orchestra here.

Brava!

Little wings

Chicken wings and rock’n’roll go together like caviar and classical.

Seven loud and licentious local rock acts will heat up the hot sauce at the Hottest Chick N Wing Festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. Beside the bands, the festival features hot rods and hot hogs, a Miss Wingfest competition, a wings eating contest, amusement park rides and fireworks.

While the wings start frying at 2 p.m. Friday, the bands don’t plug in until 6 p.m. when Kane takes the stage followed by Blue Machine at 7:45 p.m. and Under the Gun at 9:15 p.m.

On Saturday the music starts at 3 p.m. with Los Blancos and continues at 5:30 p.m. with Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, followed by 3-Inch Fury at 7:15 p.m. and Think Pink at 9 p.m. The fireworks should light up the sky about 10:30 p.m.

Jazz for the junior set

Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts — who celebrated his 48th birthday Aug. 7 — will lead his trio in a special performance at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Everson Museum for 120 school-aged students from social service agencies serving the city of Syracuse. The concert will be followed by an interactive art activity led by the Everson’s Education Department.

The concert is a collaborative effort between the Everson and the Skanaeateles Festival.

“Jazz blends European elements with both African music and musical traditions of the American South,” said Susan Mark, Skaneateles Festival executive director. “We’re eager to have Syracuse students make contact with professional jazz musicians who are positive and inspiring role models.”

Russ Tarby’s column appears weekly in The Eagle and online at theeaglecny.com. He also covers the arts and sports. Reach him at russtarby@netscape.net.

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