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July 7, 2017

Symphoria Performs at Fort Ontario on July 16

OSWEGO, N.Y. [7 July 2017] -Central New York's musician-led cooperative orchestra, Symphoria will perform a free outdoor concert at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, New York on Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of conductor Christian Capacaccia, musical selections will include Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture," followed by Bizet's "Selections from the Carmen Suites 1 and 2," Strock's "Where Shall We Go," Bethoven's "Symphony No. 5, First Movement," and Oswego composer Bill Palange's "Safe Haven."

After a short intermission, Symphoria will perform Gould's "American Salute," Wagner's "Under the Double Eagle March," Williams' "Hymn to the Fallen," Berlin's "God Bless America," Steffe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

The stage will be set up outside the old stone fort on the bluff next to the fort's entrance providing a beautiful Lake Ontario sunset backdrop. Concert go-ers are advised to bring their own chairs and blankets as seating will not be provided. The ramparts of the old stone fort will be made available for blanket seating after 5 p.m.

Funding for the Symphoria concert was provided by a grant to the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

Fort Ontario is the site of three 18th century British and one 19th century United States military fortifications, as well as three French and Indian War and two War of 1812 battles. Once a Civil War recruiting and training center, a 20th century U.S. Army infantry battalion training post, a World War I general hospital, a New York National Guard artillery summer training camp between world wars, and a World War II Special Unit training post, the fort served as the only refugee shelter in the United States during World War II for mostly Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Later a post-World War II Veterans Housing complex, a Cold War and 21st century U.S. Army Reserve Center, the fort is also home to the oldest lighthouse keepers' residence on the Great Lakes, a rare early 20th century storm warning tower, and a post cemetery containing the graves of 77 officers, men, women, and children.

Now a New York State Historic Site, the property also includes the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum, a City of Oswego Recreational Complex, a private medical practice, and a Port Authority of Oswego storage facility.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego, New York. For more information on the concert or Fort Ontario, contact Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711 or Paul.Lear@parks.ny.gov .

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