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Ben Martin sings his heart out at La Casbah.
Ben Martin sings his heart out at La Casbah.

North Country's live music scene thrives through economic blues

This week, North Country Public Radio has been celebrating the region's vibrant music culture. You can listen to the entire series on our website, ncpr.org.

Today we dip into the business of music and take the pulse of the region's live music scene. Despite the two year-old recession, bars, music halls, and university performance spaces are keeping live music onstage. As David Sommerstein reports, the people involved in that business believe live music in the North Country is thriving.  Go to full article
Eight members of the St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir with NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Todd Moe
Eight members of the St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir with NCPR's Ellen Rocco and Todd Moe

Moving, swaying to the sounds of gospel

We wrap up a week of celebrating music in the North Country with the sweet sounds of the St. Lawrence University Community Gospel Choir. Eight members of the ensemble, including co-directors Rev. Shaun Whitehead and Barry Torres, joined Todd Moe in the studio during the "8 o'clock Hour" this morning. William Hamilton, of the Chicago Mass Choir, joined the group on keyboards. Hamilton is in town leading a gospel music workshop at St. Lawrence University and you're invited to move, swing and sing along Saturday night (7 pm) at the annual "Got Spirit?" gospel concert in Gulick Theatre.  Go to full article
Stephanie Blythe
Stephanie Blythe

Opera star returns to her musical roots

Our week-long spotlight on music in the North Country continues. Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe talks with Todd Moe about her love for art songs. Blythe recently returned to the North Country to work with students at her alma mater -- the Crane School of Music in Potsdam.  Go to full article
Frankenpine's newest CD
Frankenpine's newest CD

Frankenpine: old-time bluegrass with a modern twist

To most of us, a frankenpine is a cell phone tower trying to pass itself off a a pine tree. But for an increasing number of music fans in New York City and the North Country, Frankpenpine is an acoustic string band with a unique sound and some strong ties to the Adirondacks.

As part of our week-long series looking at the culture and business of the region's music industry, Joel Hurd has this profile.  Go to full article
Helen Demong with her choral group in Siena Italy (Source:  H. Demong)
Helen Demong with her choral group in Siena Italy (Source: H. Demong)

Helen Demong reinvented Saranac Lake's high school music program

This week North Country public radio is celebrating the vibrant culture and business of music in the region. No single person has done more to deepen the roots of the musical arts than Helen Demong.

Over the last three and a half decades, Demong built Saranac Lake High School's choral program into one of the most ambitious and accomplished in Upstate New York.

She announced earlier this winter that this will be her final year teaching in Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has our profile.  Go to full article
Jonathan Lorentz. Photo: artist's website
Jonathan Lorentz. Photo: artist's website

New album "Borderlands" redefines saxophone trio

Bass, drums and tenor sax is a pretty sparce combination of instruments, but a tenor saxophonist with Vermont and North Country roots has a new CD, Borderlands, that pushes the idea of the saxophone trio. Joel Hurd has this profile of Jonathan Lorentz.  Go to full article

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