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Artpark has a new stage this season, built in the Emerald Grove area of the Lower Park. On Sunday afternoons, the stage is coming alive with the sounds of classical music, with a little avant garde thrown in too.

The concerts, sponsored by Calspan, are free. They begin at 4 p.m. Sundays. It is suggested that you access the park through the Fourth Street entrance.

Pack up your chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Here is the schedule:

• Sunday: The Fredonia Faculty Percussion Ensemble, using instruments from around the world, creates a world music environment perfect for the natural setting.

• July 20: Harmonia Chamber Singers will give a sampling of its colorful repertoire, which ranges from Renaissance madrigals to virtuosic jazz.

• July 27: A group called Collage employs non-traditional groups of instruments to create an abstract, experimental sound. The program’s centerpiece is Terry Riley’s “In C,” a famous example of minimalism that is 50 years old this year.

• Aug. 10: Buffalo Niagara Concert Band Ensemble plays classics to Broadway medleys. Composers include Purcell, Telemann and Scott Joplin.

• Aug. 17: The Lexington String Quartet plays music ranging from classical to rock.

For more information on the Music in the Woods series, visit www.artpark.net or call 754-4375.

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