Cazenovia Counterpoint heads into second week of events

— The second week of Cazenovia Counterpoint opens with a writers corner double-header at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall. Prize winning authors Michael Steffan and Melissa Tuckey will read from their latest poetry and fiction. The event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, July 17, the Rising Stars recital will feature soprano Patricia Albright, violinist Shelby Dems and pianist Aaron Raymer performing the classics along with premieres of works written for them by Sachin Shukla and Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas. Raymer and Albright are heading off to college this fall on scholarship, and Dems is entering her senior year at Syracuse University, having won the concerto competition this past spring. That program also takes places at St. Peter’s Episcopal and is free.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Josh Ely will again lead a drumming circle on the village center green near the cannon, so bring your drum or noise-maker and follow the beat.

At 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, for one night only, experience “Wind in the Willows,” a musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s literary classic, with music by Dianne Adams McDowell and James McDowell, come to life onstage at Cazenovia Theater (Catherine Cummings Theater) on Lincklaen Street. Follow the reckless escapades of Toad, his friendships with the other woodland creatures and his discovery of what is truly important in life. This theatrical gem is bound to captivate audience members of all ages.

Professional talents Sam Stulberg, Steven Stull, Nicholas Fields, Tyler Eighmey and Bruce Paulsen will be performing the main roles with help from gifted young artists Jillian Carafa, Stephanie Andrew, Michaela Zipora, Giavanna Sylvester, Marshall Pokrentowski, Kelli Wright and Stephen Kendrat. The young artists are from Syracuse, Solvay, Fayetteville, Jamesville, Pompey and East Syracuse.

This production of “The Wind in the Willows” is directed by the acclaimed Victoria King of CNY’s Symphoria, and features lighting design by Bill diPaolo. The set was designed and built by David Harper in collaboration with Victoria King. Composers Dianne Adams McDowell and James McDowell live in Lebanon, NY, and have had their musicals performed in regional theaters nationwide including off-Broadway playhouses.

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