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Alissa Scott/Recorder satff Theresa Jackson plays the piano Thursday during a rehearsal for the Winter Showcase, which will be presented Sunday at the United Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam.


Winter showcase brings local talent to the forefront

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


According to vocal soloist and pianist Theresa Jackson, the musical talent in this area is sometimes overlooked.

But, one time it's recognized is during the Greater Amsterdam Area Winter Showcase.

"It's always so exciting," Jackson said during a rehearsal Thursday in Amsterdam. "It's great because we get to do our thing and then we get to sit back and watch all the other acts. It's always such a surprise.

On Sunday will be the showcase's 16th performance at the United Presbyterian Church on Church Street.

The first showcase was in 1999, the brainchild of then director Matthew Cincquanti, in which there was a "special evening of performances in a wide range of musical styles."

"This event is meant as a celebration of the talents of people who live, work or function in Amsterdam creating and sustaining the arts," Cincquanti said before the first showcase.

And now co-director Margaret Lazarou said that's the same sentiment carried through this year's event.

"That's exactly what we're doing now," Lazarou said, "and I hope for it to continue forever more."

One thing that has changed, however, is the building housing the showcase.

In 2000, the United Presbyterian Church burned down and the performance shared time at both the United Methodist and Trinity Lutheran churches.

Also new this year, the Mohawk Valley Clarinet Choir will close out the show.

This Sunday, five of the original showcase members will perform. They include Patricia Valiante, George Oliver, Theresa Jackson, Marigay Hawkins and Jane Nethaway.

"Come and enjoy the musical talent of our area as they perform music from a wide variety of styles and genres," Stephanie Boice, performer and co-director, said. "From Bach to Gershwin, and jazz to polka, everyone will have a favorite performance to remember. Beat the cabin fever blues and join us for our 16th winter showcase."

There will be close to 20 performances beginning at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Proceeds benefit the Margaret K. Lazarou Music Scholarship, and show expenses.


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