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Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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Preposterous probe

 Up-and-coming actress Kitty Doupe shines as a bewitching West Indian maid

Anything can happen in “Any Number Can Die.” Owls hoot, thunder howls, lights flicker and lives are lost due to gunshots, poison, hanging and stabbing. But don’t let that constant violence spoil your evening at the theater. It’s all in good fun, as the stage play soundly satirizes every murder mystery you’ve ever read or seen. The campy comedy by Vermont’s prolific and playful playwright, Fred Carmichael, is being staged through Oct. 13 by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

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Skaneateles native pens chamber-music tribute to the late Libba Cotten

Skaneateles native Greg Wanamaker will be presenting his chamber-music tribute to the late Libba Cotten at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse on Feb. 24.

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Hot Stove here Friday: Chiefs welcome IL president to baseball banquet

For 22 years, Randy Mobley has served as president of baseball’s International League. Mobley is scheduled to appear at The Syracuse Chiefs’ 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, on Electronics Parkway, in the town of Salina. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and the dinner program starts at 7 p.m.

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Opera star Marcus Haddock of Skaneateles fights stroke effects to sing

He has circled the globe singing the greatest operas ever written. He has performed with divas and demanding conductors. He has dedicated his life to honing his voice into an instrument of beauty. But talented tenor Marcus Haddock now faces his life’s toughest challenge.

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Strasburg sizzles

Right-handed hurler hits 98 mph over five perfect innings as Chiefs down the Red Wings

With one of its joints retooled, the California Cannon exploded off the mound at Alliance Bank Stadium last Saturday. Heralded hurler Stephen Strasburg hit 98 mph while pitching five perfect innings of baseball as the Syracuse Chiefs clipped the Rochester Red Wings, 4-3.

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