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Russo plays 'Rhapsody'

Pianist Andrew Russo will be featured this weekend with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performing a pops program called Broadway Giants: The Music of Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter. Michael Butterman will conduct the SSO at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 at the Crouse Hinds Concert Theater at the Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St.

Russo will perform "Rhapsody in Blue" and other works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.

Ticket prices range from $16 to $41; call 424-8200, or visit syracusesymphony.org .

Emma's revolution Saturday

Performing music calling for social change, the Maryland-based combo named emma's revolution headlines a benefit concert at 8 p.m., Saturday March 12, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St., in Syracuse. The distaff duo - Pat Humphries and Sandy O. - will play tunes such as "Silence and Lies" from the CD "roots, rock & revolution."

Central New York songwriter Colleen Kattau will open the show performing songs in both English and Spanish. A 7 p.m. community reception precedes Saturday's concert.

Admission costs $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, and benefits the ArtRage Gallery ; 218-5711.

Banjo master's homecoming

Three-time International Bluegrass Music Association winner and Grammy nominee from Syracuse, banjoist Tony Trischka, returns to his roots at 8 p.m. Saturday March 12, at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., on the East Side. Admission costs $15, or $12 for WCC members; 478-8634.

Trischka's most recent disc is "Territory" issued by Smithsonian Folkways and delivering 12 solo tracks exploring a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds and traditions plus nine more cuts of banjo duets with musicians such as Pete Seeger and Bill Keith.

Presently living in New Jersey, Trischka will be accompanied here by Michael Daves, a Georgia-born guitarist-singer now making a splash on the NYC neo-folk scene.

Saturday's concert is a presentation of the Folkus Project .

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