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Sonic Escape, a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates, will perform on the Norwood Village Green on SUnday. Photo courtesy Sonic Escape
Sonic Escape, a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates, will perform on the Norwood Village Green on SUnday. Photo courtesy Sonic Escape

Norwood Village Green Concert Series features chamber music

The Norwood Village Green Concert Series continues tonight and Sunday night with a mini chamber music festival. The Onyx Clarinet Quartet and the Riverside Brass Quintet will be on the Green tonight and Sonic Escape will take the bandstand Sunday. There are even a couple of bonus concerts in Potsdam and Colton. Barb Heller talks with series director Joe Liotta.  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook combines his visual art with music as a tribute to history and life along the St. Lawrence River. Photo: Todd Moe

Thousand Islands artist John Elwood Cook documents river life

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook's passion is using art and music to document life along his favorite place -- the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. Cook's visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He collects vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

His work is on display this summer as part of the annual Members' Juried Art Exhibit at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. It's sometimes a mix of watercolor, collage and even vintage fishing tackle.

On a recent brilliant spring day, he invited Todd Moe to visit his Wellesley Island home, with its amazing view of the river, to talk about his art, music and family history.  Go to full article
Sculpture of jazzman "Big Joe" Burrell on Church St. in Burlington. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4690249907/">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off Friday

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The city of Burlington will be alive with music as the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off.

The ten-day festival starts Friday and includes music at venues, on Church Street and in clubs and restaurants throughout the city.  Go to full article
Photo: RPO Marimba Band's Website

Norwood Village Green kicks off tonight with Pop Choral/Stage Band Festivial

Tonight the Norwood Village Green Concert Series kicks off its 41st season. Over the next few weeks we'll be featuring short conversations between Barb Heller and series...  Go to full article
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe

How Wellesley Island artist John Elwood Cook brings an idea to song

Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook loves life on the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the...  Go to full article
Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle

At Me2/orchestra, "acceptance is really the norm"

In Burlington, a unique group - Me2 ("me, too") - is using music to help people with mental illness (roughly one in four adults has a diagnosable disorder, according to the...  Go to full article
Crane music education major Katherine Skopkowski works on drumming and rhythm exercises with student Jesse Pete at the SLC Arts Council in Potsdam. Photo:  Todd Moe

"We're out there. We're performing. We're having fun."

The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is looking to expand a music therapy class for people with special needs. Classes at the Arts Council are open to people of all ability...  Go to full article
April Verch. Photo: provided by the artist

Celebrated fiddler April Verch to perform in Old Forge, Edwards

Ottawa Valley native April Verch began step dancing at age three, and fiddling at age six. She recorded her first album at 13, and before she was in her 20s she would win the...  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokwan/3785077774/">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Admirers wrestle with how to honor Pete Seeger

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Plans abound to honor folk singer Pete Seeger months after the folk legend's death, with a few early events planned on what would have been his 95th...  Go to full article
Photo: Antique Boat Museum

A taste of country music fame at Clayton's Antique Boat Museum

Every year, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton is closed all through the winter. This Friday, the museum brings spring to the Thousand Islands with a new schedule.
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