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Music from around the world and more at the 2013-14 Community Performance Series season


POTSDAM — The Community Performance Series will continue its tradition of hosting a diverse lineup in the 2013-14 season, bringing in acts ranging from global music ambassadors of hope and “A Symphony of Dinosaurs” to a popular Canada-based radio show.

CPS is a college and community partnership that presents performing artists and arts education opportunities. It has been in residence at SUNY Potsdam since 1989.

The CPS Guest Artist Series opens with the Jerusalem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall.

The quartet, celebrating its 20th season, has emerged as one of the most in-demand string quartets of its generation. It will perform works by Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvorak and others.

Members of the quartet are Alexander Pavlovsky, first violin, Sergei Bresler, second violin, Ori Kam, viola and Kyril Zlotnikov, cello.

Other shows in the CPS series:

Oct. 20.

14th annual Ranlett Organ Recital

The recital will feature Nathan J. Laube, a star among young classical musicians. His creative repertoire spans five centuries and his virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works have earned high praise. He is an assistant professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

The concert is at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

Oct. 30

Idan Raichel Project

Mr. Raichel created the Idan Raichel Project in his native Israel. The group comprises artists from several countries and is known for its cross-cultural collaborations.

Since the release of their first album in 2006, members of the Idan Raichel Project have become global ambassadors representing hope as they break down cultural barriers.

The project’s latest album, “Quarter to Six,” released this year, features guest appearances by Portuguese fado music star Ana Moura singing the genre’s sad, mournful songs, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad, German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, Colombia’s Marta Gómez and Vieux Farka Touré and a selection of some of Israel’s up-and-coming singers and musicians.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.

Jan. 23

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter

National Public Radio has called Mr. Porter “the next great male jazz singer.” He wields one of the most captivating baritone voices in music, with soul that conveys the emotions and intellect of the songs. In a cover story, the upcoming October issue of Downbeat magazine calls the singer “The Soul Poet.”

The Brooklyn-based singer released his debut album, “Liquid Spirit,” on the Blue Note label this month.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

Feb. 23

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Many critics have said this ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. Its repertoire covers the spectrum of wind quintet literature and also covers works for enlarged ensembles. It has appeared throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia and the Far East.

The concert is at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

March 17

Traditional Irish band Danú

Hailing from County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. For more than a decade, these virtuosi players have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. The band is known for its high-energy performances and a mix of ancient Irish music as well as modern numbers.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

April 5

“The Vinyl Cafe With Stuart McLean”

This show is co-produced by North Country Public Radio. Mr. McLean is known as “Canada’s favorite storyteller.” His “Vinyl Cafe” is heard by 1½ million people each week. It’s broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada and on close to 100 public radio stations in the U.S., including NCPR.

In 2012, “The Vinyl Cafe” was named the best audio podcast in Apple’s “Best of the Year” awards.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

April 29

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Now in its 42nd year, Pilobolus Dance Theatre assembles groups of diverse artists to make inventive, athletic, witty and collaborative performance works on stage and screen, using the human body as a medium for expression.

In keeping with the energy and spirit of its biological namesake — a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards — the company has continued to grow, expanding and refining its methods of production.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. in Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam.

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The annual CPS Meet the Arts Series offers programming focused on youth and families. There are four programs in the series for the 2013-14 season.

Jan. 17 and 18

Swazzle presents the “Dream Carver” puppet show

Based on the children’s book of the same title by Diana Cohn, “Dream Carver” is a 45-minute bilingual musical puppet show that tells the story of Mateo, a boy growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico. Coming from a family of traditional woodcarvers, Mateo has aspirations to carve the colorful animals he sees in his imagination, but meets resistance from his father. Recommended for grades K-6.

The shows are at 9 a.m. and noon Jan. 17 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 in Snell Theater.

March 7

Orchestra of Northern New York presents “A Symphony of Dinosaurs.”

This concert will feature Bruce Adolf’s celebration of “Tyrannosaurus Sue” and her other friends from the dinosaur kingdom as they are depicted by various musical instruments. It will feature music from the movie “Jurassic Park” and Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien.”

The concert is at noon in Hosmer Hall. It’s recommended for grades K-6.

ONNY will repeat the concert at 8 p.m. March 8 in Hosmer Hall as part of its regular 2013-14 season.

March 28

Glenis Redmond Tributary Poetry Project

As part of Mr. Redmond’s residency at SUNY Potsdam, he will lead this creative-writing initiative on regionally centered poetry, encouraging participants to reflect on the stories, facts and myths of their families and community.

Recommended for students in grades 4 to 8. Two sessions will be offered, at 9 a.m. and noon, in Snell Theater.

May 9

American Place Theatre’s “Black Boy”

This program, performed by actor Tarantino Smith, is a verbatim adaptation of the classic American autobiographical work. It dramatizes Richard Wright’s journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow south. The issues addressed in this novel still resonate today. It’s recommended for grades 8 to 12.

The performances are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the new Performing Arts Center, to open in the spring.

The details: 2013-14 season of the community performance series
WHAT: The 2013-14 Community Performance Series
WHEN: The eight-program series begins Oct. 4 with the Jerusalem Quartet and concludes April 29 with Pilobolus Dance Theatre.
It also includes four programs in the family- and children-oriented Meet the Arts series.
WHERE: Performances are held at SUNY Potsdam at either Helen M. Concert Hall, Maxcy Hall or the Snell Music Theatre. The Meet the Arts program on May 9, “Black Boy,” is scheduled to be held in the college’s Performing Arts Center, to open in the spring.
TICKETS: Prices for each show vary. Tickets for the opening act, Jerusalem Quartet, range from $22 to $30.
Season packages are available through the CPS box office by calling 267-2277 or by visiting
Tickets also are on sale at Northern Music and Video, 29 Market St., Potsdam.
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