For music enthusiasts and lovers of live performances, the Oneonta Concert Association is a treasure trove of delightful experiences.

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With its rich history and dedication to bringing outstanding musical talents to the stage, the association offers a platform for both seasoned and emerging artists to showcase their talents to audiences in and around Oneonta, New York.

Founded in 1928, the Oneonta Concert Association (OCA) holds the distinction of being the Western Catskills region's oldest cultural organization. The OCA is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who hail from Oneonta and surrounding communities.

With a mission to provide diverse, engaging, and world-class cultural offerings of live music and dance at an affordable price, the OCA has been bringing remarkable performances to the community for decades. From Grammy winners to internationally renowned artists, the association has showcased an impressive lineup of talent over the years.

Some of the notable performers presented by the OCA include Grammy winners Ron Carter and Mark O'Connor, the Vienna Boys Choir, the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Scotland's Battlefield Band, the esteemed Trapp Family Singers, the captivating Alvin Ailey dance troupe, the National Ballet of Senegal, and many other celebrated artists from around the globe.

On March 1, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., the OCA will host PROJECT Trio at the First United Methodist Church, located at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. This ensemble is highly acclaimed for its wide appeal, subversive humor, and exceptional musicianship, as recognized by the Wall Street Journal. With over 100,000 subscribers and 85 million views on their YouTube channel, they have become one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.  PROJECT Trio creates an unforgettable experience that resonates with audiences of all ages. You can find show tickets here.

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Another exciting performance to look forward to is the Zodiac Trio on April 19, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. also at the First United Methodist Church. The Zodiac Trio, known for its exceptional talent and unconventional instrumental combination, has garnered high praise from critics around the world. Their innovative programming and collaborations with renowned artists, including Grammy-award-winning composer Richard Danielpour, have solidified their place at the forefront of the music scene. You can find show tickets here.

If you're a music enthusiast looking for a memorable experience, be sure to explore the offerings of the Oneonta Concert Association!

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Upstate Legends! Bresee's Department Store in Oneonta!

This is another addition to our series on Upstate Legends! This gallery looks at one of the most famous stores in Central New York. Bresee's Department Store was a retail icon for more than 90 years in Oneonta. It had 745,000 square feet of retail space, one of the first escalators in Central New York, and perhaps the most beloved lunch counter of them all! Look at these great photos!

(Although commonly known as the Oneonta Department Store, we refer to it in this gallery as Bresee's Department Store)

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio