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POTSDAM - The Community Performance Series has announced its upcoming season, featuring a Grammy-nominee, first-time award winners, and a variety of enchanting cultural programs for children and adults of any age. The 2013-14 CPS season will begin in October and will continue through May 2014.

CPS will open its Guest Artist Series with the rich sounds of the Jerusalem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. Now celebrating their 20th season, the Jerusalem Quartet has emerged as one of the most talented, busiest, and in-demand string quartets of its generation. In 2003, the quartet was a recipient of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and was also part of the first-ever BBC New Generation Artists from 1999 to 2001. This fall, the world-renowned quartet will bring works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvoák to life for Potsdam audiences.

Audiences of all ages and backgrounds can expect to be thoroughly energized by the Idan Raichel Project. Creator and leader Idan Raichel is known around the world for his ambitious cross-cultural collaborations, changing the face of Israeli popular music. Since the release of their first international album on Cumbancha in 2006, the members of the Idan Raichel Project have become global ambassadors, representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people. Comprised of artists from several countries in the Middle East and Africa who sing in a variety of languages, the group’s highly infectious sound and the artists’ sheer joy drive audiences to their feet to dance. The highly anticipated live performance will take place in SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Additional CPS Guest Artist Series events this season include the 14th annual Ranlett Organ Recital featuring organist Nathan Laube on Oct. 20, as well as a concert featuring Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gregory Potter on Jan. 23.

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform on Feb. 23, and the traditional Irish band Danú is set to perform on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

The popular CBC Radio program “The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean” will travel to Potsdam to record a show on April 5, in a co-production with North Country Public Radio. The Pilobolus Dance Theatre will close the season on April 29.

In addition to its Guest Artist Series events, CPS’s 2013-14 Meet the Arts Series will invite and encourage children of all ages to learn through the art of storytelling.

The MTA season begins with the production of “Dream Carver” on Jan. 17 and 18 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Based on the children’s book 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. Through the experiences of the story’s hero, “Dream Carver” encourages young audiences to think creatively, try new things and follow their dreams.

Other MTA events include the Orchestra of Northern New York concert, “A Symphony of Dinosaurs,” at noon March 7 in Hosmer Hall, as well as the American Place Theatre production of “Black Boy” at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 9 in SUNY Potsdam’s new Performing Arts Center.

Season packages and single tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the CPS Box Office by calling (315) 267-2277, or visiting www.cpspotsdam.org. Tickets are also on sale at Northern Music & Video on Market Street in downtown Potsdam.

For more information on the 2013-14 Community Performance Series season and visiting artists, visit www.cpspotsdam.org, or check out the CPS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cpspotsdam.

CPS is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. This rich mixture of programming links communities, classrooms and audiences of all ages and preserves access to the performing arts for future generations.

Here’s a sneak peek at the season schedule and visiting artists in the 2013-14 CPS Season:

2013-14 CPS Guest Artist Series:

■ Jerusalem Quartet, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall: Now celebrating its 20th season, the Jerusalem Quartet has emerged as one of the most talented, busiest and in-demand string quartets of its generation. Known for their rich sound, the quartet has gained worldwide acclaim.

■ 14th Annual Ranlett Organ Recital featuring Nathan J. Laube, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan J. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Laube is an assistant professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

■ The Idan Raichel Project on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Maxcy Hall: Idan Raichel began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations and multiple ethnicities, singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The Idan Raichel Project’s blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, coupled with a spectacular live show, has enchanted global audiences.

■ Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Grammy-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter just released his latest album, “Liquid Spirit.” He wields one of the most captivating baritone voices in music today, with enormous soul that conveys both the emotions and intellect of any given song without relying on vocal histrionics.

■ Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet continues to astonish audiences with the group’s range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. The ensemble has virtually redefined the sound of the classic wind quintet, according to listeners and critics alike. Delicate phrasing, subtle articulation and a beautiful dynamic range combine to create what the Washington Post called “a concert not to be forgotten.”

■ Traditional Irish band Danú, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles. For over a decade, these virtuosi players have performers around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Known for high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving memorable concert experience.

■ “The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean,” co-produced with North Country Public Radio, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall: Stuart McLean is known as “Canada’s favorite storyteller,” and this past year has been a landmark year for the bestselling author. His hit radio show is now heard by 1.5 million people each week; it is broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada and on close to 100 public radio stations in the U.S., including NCPR. In 2012, “The Vinyl Café” was named the best audio podcast in Apple’s “Best of the Year” awards.

■ Pilobolus Dance Theatre, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater: Now in its 42nd year, Pilobolus Dance Theatre assembles groups of diverse artists to make inventive, athletic, witty, 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 toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creative production.

2013-14 CPS Meet the Arts Series:

■ Swazzle, “Dream Carver” puppet show, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. and noon, and Jan. 18 at 3 p.m., in Snell Theater: Based on the children’s book of the same title by Diana Cohn, “Dream Carver” is a 45-minute bilingual musical puppet show which 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 Orchestra of Northern New York, “A Symphony of Dinosaurs,” March 7 at noon, Hosmer Hall: “A Symphony of Dinosaurs” introduces young listeners to the story of dinosaurs, as well as the world of orchestral music. Featuring music from the hit movie “Jurassic Park” among other pieces, this program is ideal for young audiences and families with a thirst for adventure. Recommended for Grades K-6.

■ Glenis Redmond Tributary Poetry Project, March 28 at 9 a.m. and noon, Snell Theater: A unique educational experience, the Tributary Poetry Project is a creative writing initiative which focuses on place-based and regionally-centered poetry, encouraging participants to reflect on the stories, facts and myths of their family and community. The intent of the project is to encourage participants to become their own celebrants of place, by creating poems that are then offered to the community as a gift. Glenis Redmond’s residency will take students through the poetry writing process, as well as the performance of their original work. Recommended for Grades 4-8.

■ American Place Theater’s “Black Boy,” May 9 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Performing Arts Center: This Literature to Life Award-winning play features 50 minutes of verbatim adaptation of the classic American autobiographical work, “Black Boy,” which dramatizes Richard Wright’s journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. The performance focused on Wright’s hunger for knowledge and his fight to claim his basic human rights in a racist society. Recommended for Grades 8-12.

For more information about the 2013-14 Community Performance Series season, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

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