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Music Hall Season Finale Featuring Kirsten Maxwell, Emerging Artists May 19

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The Oswego Music Hall’s gala Finale show at the end of its annual season has become a much-anticipated music and food fest.

This year’s Finale, Sat. May 19, will feature fast rising phenom Kirsten Maxwell and an Emerging Artist Showcase. Local favorite, Taylor Ricks kicks off festivities at 4:45, followed by local artists Jarrett Swasey, Don Sawyer, Emalee Herrington and Rich Hart. During the showcase presentations, a buffet dinner wil be available starting at 5:15. The headliner, Kirsten Maxwell, will take the stage at 7:15 to be followed by a Sunset Dessert Reception and Toast.

The event is free to all members. (Membership may be purchased at the door, basic membership is $10.) $15 admission to non-members. The smorgasborg dinner is optional at $12. Children half price and under 5 free.

Based on Long Island, Kirsten Maxwell has made great strides since diving head first into her career. She first stepped onto the stage at age 5 at a small opera house in NYC. Kirsten would perform there up until High School where her focus shifted to musical theater. Simultaneously, she started learning guitar and writing her own songs. Kirsten graduated from College in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing and the passion to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter full time.

Today, Kirsten is often compared to Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell. “I never thought I’d ever hear a voice as angelic and mesmerizing as I did when I first started listening to Joan Baez some 50 years ago, but then I heard the voice, the songs and melodies of Kirsten Maxwell,” says Jon Stein, host of Hootenanny Café on WTBQ.

However, Kirsten’s appeal goes well-beyond her vocal abilities. She gives everything to her live performances and has been described as “making love to the audience.” Although her self- taught guitar chops are minimalist, she plays with such delicacy and taste that the guitar seems to be an extension of her body. Her delivery creates a level of intimacy that welcomes new audiences in like old friends. With a quick wit and commanding stage presence, Kirsten gives the impression of being more accomplished than her 25 years.

A Buffet will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 with guests entertained by an Emerging Artists’ Showcase that highlights a wonderful range of homegrown singer/songwriters. This year’s showcase includes Taylor Ricks, Emalee Herrington, Jarrett Swasey, Rich Hart, Nadine Prince, and Don Sawyer Tickets for the buffet will be avail at the door only. The buffet will include cuisine from Canale’s, Pizza Villa, and Ontario Orchards. Desserts are courtesy of Stewart’s Shops and Fly by Night Cookie Company. Wine for the Sunset Toast is donated by a Music Hall member.

With five hours of great music and good food, the Finale is a party not to be missed. Tickets for the May 19 performances are free for members of the Oswego Music Hall. Non-member tickets are $15, Students $10 and can be purchased online at and at river's end bookstore in Oswego. Purchase of a Music Hall membership for as little as $10 provides admission and saves $5. Children12 and under are half price and those under 5 are free. The price for dinner is $12 for adults, and half price for children. Dinner tickets will be sold at the door with hot and cold beverages available for purchase.

After this musical feast, the evening ends with a complimentary sunset reception on the deck with pastries, ice cream sundaes and a toast honoring special guest and founder, Dick Reinert. As the spring season comes to a close, so does the Music Hall’s 40th season.

This Season Finale is a family-friendly jamboree from 4:45 pm until after sunset at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St., Oswego. The 41st season for the Oswego Music Hall commences next fall on Sept. 8 featuring the Anthony Joseph Swingtet. Save the date, and access the Music Hall website: to view next season’s line-up.

The Oswego Music Hall is a volunteer arts organization founded to provide a venue of performances for the community, and to provide support for musicians. The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception 40 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different essential volunteer tasks.

Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information email us at: [email protected] or access the Music Hall website:

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