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The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012.  Photo: Northern Choral Society
The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Choral Society and Potsdam Community Chorus at First Presbyterian Church in Watertown in October, 2012. Photo: Northern Choral Society

Preview: ONNY's "A Holiday Festival" concert series

Holiday favorites and local choirs will be featured in the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual holiday concert this weekend. ONNY will perform its "Holiday Festival" in Potsdam on Friday night, Watertown on Saturday night and at the Massena high school auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Sunday's concert is presented by Massena Music Friends and will feature the high school choir with the Orchestra. Todd Moe spoke with ONNY music director Ken Andrews.  Go to full article
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Remembering composer Bob Washburn and music for the Lake Placid Olympics

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Bob Washburn was a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors teachers and composers.

Washburn, who died last week at 85 in Ogdensburg, received numerous awards, and his music was performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the White House for the President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Washburn was a former Dean and a Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 1980, he was commissioned to write music for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

As a remembrance, we share some of Bob Washburn's memories of being a student at Crane in the 1940s and writing music for the Olympics. He told Todd Moe that Olympics officials decided to tap a team of local composers at SUNY Potsdam to write new music for the games.  Go to full article
A sample of Paul Siskind's <i>Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie</I>, a flute concertino, commissioned for the Orchestra of Northern New York's 25th Anniversary Season by Luis Canales.  It gets its World Premiere in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend.  Photo:  Todd Moe
A sample of Paul Siskind's Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie, a flute concertino, commissioned for the Orchestra of Northern New York's 25th Anniversary Season by Luis Canales. It gets its World Premiere in Potsdam and Watertown this weekend. Photo: Todd Moe

Preview: Orchestra of Northern NY's Spring Concert

The Orchestra of Northern New York continues its 25th anniversary season with two concerts this weekend featuring the music of love: Tchaikovsky's Overture to Romeo and Juliet, and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

The spring concerts will be presented Saturday night (7:30) in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and Sunday afternoon (3:00) at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown. The weekend's performances will also feature the World Premiere of Paul Siskind's Flute Concertino, featuring soloist Jill Rubio.

Todd Moe spoke with ONNY Music Director and Conductor Ken Andrews about the performances, which include the music of two tales of love from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Go to full article
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm.   Photo:  LAGQ
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, at 7:30pm. Photo: LAGQ

Preview: LAGQ in Potsdam

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform music of Japan, Cuba, Spain and Latin America in a concert Saturday night in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. The concert is presented by Community Performance Series. For more than 30 years, the LAGQ have set the standard among guitar ensembles. Todd Moe spoke with founding member William Kanengiser about Saturday night's concert. The quartet, along with a guitar orchestra of 24 guitarists, will perform a Japanese composition by Shingo Fujii, entitled Shikki, written to honor the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles in a Brooklyn recording studio. (photo:  the artist)
Christopher Battles in a Brooklyn recording studio. (photo: the artist)

Christopher Battles: the permanence of recorded music

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing on the street or the stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher. Over the past year, he has shared his musical journey via audio postcards.

Last summer, he released his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks. Miles upon Miles is among the finalists for the 2012 Best Folk Song in the USA Songwriting Competition. In his final audio postcard in the series, Christopher takes us into the recording studio and shares his thoughts about the permanence of recording his music.  Go to full article
Photo: Christopher Battles
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic musician in New York City. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Battles grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in Brooklyn. He studied percussion and music education at Crane. Recently, he took us into the classroom as a substitute teacher. In this next segment, he says sometimes life is an endless stream of teaching at a variety of schools around the city, takeout for dinner and then off to a gig at an "open mic night" or coffee house.  Go to full article
The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Preview: Calefax reed quintet in Potsdam

One of the finest woodwind quintets in the world will give a concert this weekend in Potsdam. Community Performance Series will host the CALEFAX Reed Quintet on Sunday night(7:30) in the Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

The Amsterdam-based quintet launches its U.S. tour in Potsdam with a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations, as well as pieces by Ravel and Grieg. Todd Moe spoke with saxophonist Raaf Hekkema, who says the group began playing music together 25 years ago, while still in high school. An ensemble member will give a free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 Sunday night  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: busking among the subway trains

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing on the street or the stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles will share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Earlier this summer, he released his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

Battles takes new music and familiar favorites along while busking (street performing) at subway stops. For many musicians, busking is the showbiz equivalent of an entry-level job.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles, chasing his musical dream

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music last spring and moved from his upstate hometown -- Oswego -- to New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not busking at a subway stop or on stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

Next Saturday, he'll release his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. Not quite a single and not quite an album, EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks.

In the coming months, Christopher Battles has agreed to share his musical journey via audio postcards. We'll hear occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.  Go to full article

A renewed interest in songs unsung

Crane School of Music tenor Donald George tells Todd Moe why he chose to record a second volume of music by Boston composer Margaret Lang, who was the first woman to have had her music performed by a major American orchestra. She wrote more than 130 songs during the early 20th century. Though much of her music was popular during her lifetime, Lang was her own toughest critic, sometimes destroying pieces she didn't like.

Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro have spent the last few years researching Lang's life. They produced a first volume of Lang's music last winter. With this second recording, New Love Must Rise, released this month, the two musicians continue to revive an interest in her nearly forgotten music.  Go to full article

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