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Billy Childs Quartet Billy Childs

Saturday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Five-time Grammy winner Billy Childs is one of the most critically acclaimed pianists in contemporary jazz and among America’s most awarded and commissioned modern classical composers. Childs and special guests Sean Jones (trumpet), Hans Glawischinig (bass), and Ari Hoenig (drums) are on tour in support of their latest release Winds of Change.

Alejandro Brittes QuartetAlejandro Brittes Quartet

Friday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

Alejandro Brittes Quartet innovatively explores chamamé, a genre of folklore music from northeastern Argentina and southern Brazil.  This unique ensemble is composed of Argentinian Alejandro Brittes (accordion) and Brazilians Charlise Bandeira (flute), André Ely (seven-stringed guitar), and Carlos de Césaro (contrabass).



Saturday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.

Known for their innovative programming and unique arrangements of classical repertoire, Montreal-based string ensemble collectif9 presents Rituæls for strings with music dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It is a mystical artistic experience featuring works by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Nicole Lizée, Bryce Dessner, Michael Tippett, and Jocelyn Morlock.


Rennie HarrisRennie Harris Puremovement

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating 30 years, Rennie Harris’s Puremovement is the first and longest-running touring hip hop dance company in America. The company’s critically praised production of Nuttin’ But A Word is a virtuosic and high-energy mix of hip hop, street, and contemporary dance forms, demonstrating why The New York Times called


Cathy Fink and Marcy MarkerCathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Chao Tian From China to Appalachia

Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

American roots artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join with Chinese classical hammered dulcimer player Chao Tian in a performance that combines music from China to Appalachia and beyond. Instrumentation includes the yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), gourd banjo, five-string banjo, ukulele, dumbek, cello-banjo, and mandolin.



The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker

Hamilton College Orchestra, Department of Dance and Movement Studies and Utica Dance co-presentation
Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, 7 p.m. (with Hamilton College Orchestra)
Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 2 p.m. (recorded music)

Hamilton College and Utica Dance join forces to present this classic holiday ballet. Dancers include students from Utica Dance and Hamilton College. Tickets to the orchestra performance are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.


Jellyfish GirlWakka Wakka Productions
The Immortal Jellyfish Girl

Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Romano Theater
Seating is limited. Reservations strongly recommended, suitable for ages 10+

Drama Desk award-winning Wakka Wakka Productions combines puppetry, projections and original music in an action-packed epic that is part coming of age story, part dystopian tragedy, and part metaphysical meditation on the fate of humanity.


Chapel HartChapel Hart

Saturday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.

In 17 seasons of AGT, Chapel Hart was only the second group to win the golden buzzer. The country trio dazzled judges and earned millions of fans after performing “You Can Have Him Jolene,” which was recognized as “International Song of the Year” in Scotland in 2021.

Known for their three-part harmonies, sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin, Trea Swindle, have sung together since they were children. Their sophomore album, “The Girls Are Back in Town,” delivers a blend of powerful ballads and music to dance to and has been recognized as “Album of the Year” at the British County Music Awards.

The trio was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country, which has helped to catapult the careers of Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBride and Gabby Barrett. Internationally known artists are taking note of Chapel Hart’s rising star too, as evidenced in Darius Rucker recruiting Chapel Hart to sing on his next album!

National Symphony Orchestra UkraineNational Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.

Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor, and soloist Natalia Khoma, cello, perform Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 and Sibelius’s, Symphony No 3.


Ying LiYing Li, piano

Sunday, February 18, 3 p.m., Free Admission

Twenty-five-year-old Chinese pianist Ying Li is the First Prize winner of the 2021 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, as well as the recipient of The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Prize and the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize. She has received top awards in numerous national and international competitions, including the inaugural Antonio Mormone International Prize, Sarasota Artist Series Piano Competition, Brevard Music Festival, and was a finalist at Concours musical international de Montréal.


Contemporaneous EnsembleContemporaneous Ensemble

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Contemporaneous is an ensemble whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recognized for a “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for its “captivating and whole-hearted commitment” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers.


Telegraph QuartetTelegraph Quartet

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

The Telegraph Quartet formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. The quartet presents A Rose by any Other Name — Romanticism in Many Forms featuring works by Fanny Mendelssohn, George Walker,  and Alban Berg.



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