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John Sikora
Cortland, NY

Classical Music Festival Series

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About the Series

There have been seven Classical Music Festivals so far. Most of the events were hosted by The Blue Frog Coffeehouse in Cortland. Music was also provided for the Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday July 30, 2005 (Courthouse Park), and again at Arts in the Park 2006 For details, check the history page.

I hope to encourage more members of the community to take part in the events, both as listeners and as musicians. In the events so far, I have relied on people that I happen to know. This is not enough if the series is to continue. If you are a musician, whether student, amateur or professional, please contact me (John Sikora mail@cortlandmusic.org) about participating in an upcoming Classical Music Festival. The music, by the way, is not ALL Classical. I am looking for music that is generally not available in a public setting. In addition to Classical music we have had some Jazz and some non-pop Hispanic music (e.g. folksongs of the Spanish Poet Garcia Lorca) mixed in.

This is a great opportunity for students to give a public performance in a relatively informal setting. If you need an accompanist, contact us early so that it can be arranged.

Teachers, please encourage your students to take advantage of both the Festivals and Classical Open Mic.

Amateurs are also encouraged to participate both in the Festivals and in Classical Open Mic. Regular performance in a semi-public setting like this can ease performance jitters. It is also a great motivation for regular practice and gives a purpose to all those hours of study.

Donors for 2006

Cultural Council of Cortland County

Garcia's Restaurant

Harrington Brothers Music

M & T Bank

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