‘The Prince of Kosher Gospel’ sings in Syracuse this weekend

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Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ Friday

Symphony Syracuse and Syracuse Opera team up to present Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Goldstein Auditorium, in the Schine Student Center, at Syracuse University.

The “Requiem” uses a full orchestra, a large chorus and four remarkable soloists. Since Verdi was an opera composer, he wrote the vocal solos in the “Requiem” for operatic voices. The four solo singers are soprano Mihoko Kinoshita, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, tenor Jonathan Howell, and bass Marc Webster. The Syracuse University Oratorio Society under the direction of Dr. John Warren and Symphony Syracuse will be conducted by Daniel Hege; $20; 476-7372; syracuseopera.com.

‘Bright Young Thing 2’

Aspiring CNY singer Erika Clement performs a show titled “Bright Young Thing 2, An Evening of Jazz, Swing and Cabaret,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at the Twist Ultra Lounge, 252 W. Genesee St., downtown.

Clement’s musical director, pianist Josh Smith will lead an eight-piece orchestra as the vocalist sings swinging tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s including songs made famous by Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland and Mae West. A reprise of Clement’s “Bright Young Thing” show staged last year, the performance features music by composers such as Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and Kander & Ebb.

Twist Ultra Lounge is located one block west of Clinton Square; $15; 479-7469.

Dynamic double bill

Fresh back from a successful European tour, guitarists Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb headline a dynamic double bill also showcasing the Andrew and Noah Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St., in Eastwood.

Syracuse Area Music Award-winner Barrigar teamed up with New Zealand native Mazengarb on at the Cordes Sensibles Guitar Festival in Bordeaux in France, and played an additional nine dates in France and Germany. The finger-picking six-stringers dazzled their audiences with a flashy rock-guitar medley and of a smattering of bluegrass. Later this summer they will perform at the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville.

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Kotzin 3 years, 10 months ago

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