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Ronald Braunstein, Me2/orchestra's music director and co-founder, leading a rehearsal in September 2013. Photo: John Siddle
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
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.
"From the Top" is heard Sunday at 4pm on NCPR.

"From the Top" in Potsdam to showcase young musicians

One of the most popular weekly music programs on public radio is coming to Potsdam this Saturday night. For more than ten years, "From the Top" has been the preeminent showcase for America's best young musicians. Hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the show will be recorded live in Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music on Saturday night (7:30). The Potsdam "From the Top" broadcast will feature several of the most talented young performers from across the country. The show is the final Community Performance Series Guest Artist Series event of the season.

These are tough times for classical music -- with recent budget cuts to arts education in public schools and some orchestras going bankrupt. But Christopher O'Riley told Todd Moe that he doesn't think the future of classical music is bleak. He says the next generation of classical musicians are more entrepreneurial than his generation.  Go to full article
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and Children's Chorus
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and Children's Chorus

Music for Christmas, Hanukkah, winter in Glens Falls on Sunday

NCPR is media sponsor for the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert on Sunday afternoon at the Glens Falls High School (4 pm). The concert features the symphony and children's chorus performing a variety of holiday favorites. Todd Moe talks with conductor Charles Peltz about how he programs a concert full of music for Christmas, Hanukkah and winter. Peltz says the concert theme is, "A Musical Gift for All".  Go to full article
Meredith Parsons McComb   (Photo: Christian Steiner)
Meredith Parsons McComb (Photo: Christian Steiner)

Preview: water-themed concert in Glens Falls

The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of water-themed music by Handel, Schumann and Elgar this Sunday afternoon (4 pm) at the Glens Falls High School auditorium. The concert will also feature acclaimed contralto Meredith Parsons McComb. McComb, who lives in Bolton Landing, has sung leading roles in operatic productions worldwide. She spoke with Todd Moe about the concert, entitled "Sound Waves", which will include Elgar's "Sea Pictures" with McComb as vocalist.  Go to full article

Preview: ONNY?s ?Sensational Strings?

NCPR is Media Sponsor for the Orchestra of Northern New York's spring concert in SUNY-Potsdam's Hosmer Hall this Saturday night (7:30 pm). The program will include music by Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikowsky and the world premiere of "Fragile Skies" by Crane composer David Heinick. Todd Moe as a preview.  Go to full article

Preview: New Hollywood String Quartet in Saranac

This Sunday afternoon a little bit of Hollywood comes to the village of Saranac as Hill and Hollow Music presents four of the busiest string musicians in the film industry in a concert of traditional classical music and pieces inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

Tug Hill Inspires Essences of the North Country

The music of Cape Vincent composer Augusta Cecconi-Bates explores the textures and seasons of the North Country and the Tug Hill in particular. Todd Moe talks with Cecconi-Bates about her latest cd, Essences of the North Country.  Go to full article

Orchestra Fall Concert Features Gypsy Violin

The Orchestra of Northern New York opens its fourteenth season this weekend with two performances of "Gypsy Night Fire." We'll talk with Music Director Ken Andrews.  Go to full article

A Summer Camp Where The Play Is Music

Summer camp season is over for another year. Thousands of kids visited the north country, learning about the outdoors--about literature--about computers. At the Adirondack Music Camp, in Schroon Lake, the focus was classical music. Teenagers from all over the world gathered around their passion for sound and rhythm. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Ice Sculptor Tim Linhart: Pachabel on Ice

Ice and snow sculpting are signature components of a North Country winter. The ice palace in Saranac Lake, the snow sculpting competition in St. Regis Falls make the best of the seasonal chill. As a warmer sun and longer days bid farewell to the snow, David Sommerstein brings us one last tribute to winter.

Ice sculpting is also popular in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where David used to live. One creative sculptor crafted a quintet - three basses and two cellos - made almost entirely of ice.  Go to full article

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