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Photo: RPO Marimba Band's Website
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 founder Joe Liotta.

Today we learn more about a concert featuring local high school bands and choruses, and a marimba band from Rochester. Tonight is the St. Lawrence County Music Educators Association Pop Choral/Stage Band Festival, featuring local high school bands, choruses and a Marimba band from Rochester.  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 Revolutionary War era. His 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 owns a collection of vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

Earlier this week at his home on Wellesley Island with an amazing riverscape in the background, Cook shared his song "Chippewa Bay 1888" with Todd Moe during a conversation about his art. The music pays tribute to another North Country artist, Frederic Remington.  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 National Alliance on Mental Illness.)

Me2 calls itself "the world's only" orchestra of its kind. The organization blurs the lines between public education, therapy, and musicianship. The story of Me2 begins with its music director, Ronald Braunstein.  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="">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.
...  Go to full article
Baritone Mark Rucker is the featured soloist with the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble's concert on May 4th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown.  Photo:  Jen Joyce Davis

"Am I an American?" Watertown concert celebrates American artists

The Trinity Concert Series continues at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown on Sunday, May 4, with a focus on the words, poetry and music of American writers, poets and...  Go to full article
Harold Levin. Photo: Harold Levin

Orchestra gets romantic in Potsdam and Watertown

Music from the Romantic period will be performed at two concerts by the Orchestra of Northern New York in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend. The "Romantic Giants" concerts...  Go to full article
Pete Seeger. Photo: <a href="">DoKwan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Seeger will be celebrated at Hudson River festival

BEACON, N.Y. (AP) Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer.

Seeger died in January at age 94, after...  Go to full article

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