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Concert in Canajoharie

March 8, 2011

Benefit Concert at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library

The Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library will present a benefit concert featuring Canajoharie native soprano Gayle Snyder Ross, and baritone Phil Eisenman accompanied by Jerry and Gail Exline. The performance, titled “A Musical Tribute to Canajoharie” will feature familiar works by Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein, as well as popular operatic favorites by Wagner, Handel and Puccini. The program, which will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm., will raise funds for the museum and library.

Gayle Snyder Ross graduated from Canajoharie High School, where she was active in the great music program. She went on to study vocal music at Syracuse University, the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She and her husband, baritone Phil Eisenman, have performed in a wide variety of ensembles in the Syracuse area, as well as in Cleveland. The duo regularly presents performances of show tunes and popular opera, accompanied by Dr. Jerry Exline, who is Director of the Department of Visual Arts at LeMoyne College. Dr. Exline accompanies many vocal groups, including college ensembles and has own jazz quintet, the Jerry Exline Group.

This benefit performance grew from a visit that the Exlines, Ross and Eisenman made to the museum last summer. They were very impressed to find such a quality museum in Canajoharie, and wanted to provide support for the museum’s ongoing exhibitions and programs. The “Musical Tribute to Canajoharie” benefit performance is their way of supporting the museum. This performance also marks the beginning of the 2011 Canajoharie Concert Series. Other series concerts are scheduled through November.

Tickets for “A Musical Tribute to Canajoharie” and for all series concerts, are available at the museum and library, or by calling (518)673-2314. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 – 17 by advance sale. Tickets at the door will be $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

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