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Composer Glenn McClure.  Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.
Composer Glenn McClure. Photo: McClure Productions, Inc.

Hearing historic voices of freedom, again, through song

New music will be performed tonight and tomorrow in Saranac Lake and North Elba as part of the John Brown Day events. Voices of Timbuctoo is a new work based on the Adirondack settlement of Black farmers in the mid-1800's designed to secure voting rights. Abolitionist Gerrit Smith gave away 120,000 acres of his land, beginning in 1846, hoping the Adirondack wilderness would offer refuge to black families.

Voices of Timbuctoo, is an oratorio written by western New York composer Glenn McClure. It's part of what he calls a Musical Freedom Trail. Some of his other works written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have been performed in Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and later this month in Rochester.

McClure says his research for the oratorio included reading through diaries, letters and documents featuring the words of Gerrit Smith, John Brown, and the individuals who worked on the land that Smith had provided. McClure told Todd Moe that these texts illustrate hope and promise.  Go to full article
NAVE at St. Agnes' Church. Pphoto: John Eldridge
NAVE at St. Agnes' Church. Pphoto: John Eldridge

Choral group explores traditional English Christmas music

A northern Adirondack chamber choral group will perform Festival of Lessons and Carols on Friday night at Notre Dame Church in Malone, St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, or "NAVE", has twenty singers from Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. It's conducted by Andrew Benware. Todd Moe talks with Angela Brown, a co-founder and singer in the group.  Go to full article

A season of music and community sing-alongs

This is the season for music. Communities across the North Country are hosting Holiday jams, concerts and caroling this month. In Lake Placid, on Sunday, December 11th, the Community Church will host the annual Tri-Lakes Messiah Community Sing. For many it's a way to kick off the Christmas season with their voices. Todd Moe talks with the conductor, Drew Benware, about this locally produced, musical Holiday experience.  Go to full article
Lisette Canton conducts the Ottawa Bach Choir at a concert in New York City earlier this year.
Lisette Canton conducts the Ottawa Bach Choir at a concert in New York City earlier this year.

A decade of vocal devotion to Bach and Baroque

One of Canada's top choirs kicks off its tenth season with a performance in Ottawa tonight. The Ottawa Bach Choir has performed its brand of Baroque music around the world and had its Carnegie Hall debut last May. Todd Moe talks with the ensemble's founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton.  Go to full article
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir
Heather Eyerly directs a rehearsal of Crane's senior youth choir

"Fearless" young singers at Crane

Children's choirs have been around for generations, and most adults will tell you their love of music began at a young age. There are a handful of youth choirs in the North Country that help foster early vocal skills, and supplement local school music programs. The Children's Chorus of Crane presents its winter concert at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam tonight at 7:30. It's a choir made up of a diverse group from throughout the North Country. Todd Moe stopped by a recent rehearsal and found a group of youngsters serious about making music together.  Go to full article
Brock McElheran
Brock McElheran

People: Brock McElheran

Longtime Crane School of Music choral conductor, Brock McElheran, passed away Tuesday in Potsdam. He was 90. McElheran taught at Crane for 40 years and was a renowned expert in the field of conducting and music education. Todd Moe has this remembrance.  Go to full article
Helen Demong and daughter Katy
Helen Demong and daughter Katy

StoryCorps: A close and generous community

Every day at StoryCorps booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. Recently, Katy Demong from Burlington interviewed her mother, Helen Demong, who is Choral Director at Saranac Lake High School. Under her direction the students perform around the community, and one of these performances was particularly memorable.  Go to full article

Gospel in Blue Mountain Lake

Elizabeth Folwell caught the sounds of the gospel choir's last visit to Blue Mountain Lake, and sent this postcard.  Go to full article

Preview: Canton Choral Festival

Five choirs from the Canton-Potsdam area will gather tonight for a choral festival. The concert is at 7 in the Canton high school auditorium and will include singers from elementary, middle and high school, and college music majors from the Crane School of Music. Todd Moe talks with some of singers in tonight's concert.  Go to full article

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