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Orchestra plays opera music

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra presents an orchestral concert of operatic drama with Dan Hege conducting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 8, at the Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., downtown. California-born cellist Julie Albers will be spotlighted in the Schumann Cello Concerto.

The program also includes J. Strauss's "Overture to Die Fledermaus," Beethoven's "Overture to Leonore No. 3" and R. Strauss's "Suite from Der Rosenkavalier."

"This is a superb concert for hearing some of the greatest music from opera in a purely symphonic setting," said SSO Music Director Dan Hege. "It includes great melodies and waltzes in J. Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus Overture' and sumptuous orchestral colors and waltzes of R. Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier Suite.'"

Tickets cost $15, $25 and $40. Student tickets are available for $5 with ID; a shortened version of the program will be presented as an SSO "Coffee Concert" at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7; $15; 424-8200 or visit SyracuseSymphony.org.

High-speed finger-picking

On Oct. 8 acoustic guitarist Loren Barrigar stole the show at the Syracuse Area Music Awards with a short set of high-speed finger-picking and relaxed tenor vocals.

He'll play a full concert at 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 8 at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., at the corner of Westcott Street, on the city's East Side.

Barrigar's exceptionally clean technique, reminiscent of the late Chet Atkins, is complemented by sensitive timing and fluid phrasing. On stage, he seamlessly strings together rock songs, standards and original tunes.

In 2009, Barrigar released his first solo CD, "Dance With Me," which won a SAMMY award for best album of the year. Last year saw the release of his second CD, "Chillaxin," featuring eight of his own compositions and his vocal debut.

Admission to Saturday's concert costs $15, $12 for WCC members, or $5 students with ID; 478-8634.

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