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Canton World War II navy veteran Charles Alexander will be among many vets honored tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Photo: Todd Moe
Canton World War II navy veteran Charles Alexander will be among many vets honored tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Photo: Todd Moe

ONNY to honor D-Day vets at Potsdam concert

The annual summer pops concert by the Orchestra of Northern New York will also honor North Country veterans tonight (Thursday) in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

The performance, which begins at 7 pm, will be led by Music Director Ken Andrews and will include a special tribute to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. An annual tradition during the concert is a musical tribute to veterans of the air force, army, coast guard, marines and navy.

89-year-old Charles Alexander, of Canton, will be in the Hosmer audience tonight. He was a navy seaman aboard one of the transport ships that ferried Allied troops across the English Channel, and brought the wounded back to England. He shared some of his memories with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
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
Harold Levin. Photo: Harold Levin
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 will include a Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

Harold Levin's "Silver Overture" gets its premiere this weekend and will open the concerts. Levin is the principal violist with the Orchestra, and told Todd Moe that he wrote the overture as something special for ONNY founder and conductor Ken Andrews, and as a celebration of the Orchestra's 25th anniversary.  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
Orchestra of Northern New York Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews.   Photo:  ONNY
Orchestra of Northern New York Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews. Photo: ONNY

Orchestra of Northern New York celebrates silver anniversary season

The Orchestra of Northern New York kicks off its 25th season this weekend in Potsdam and Watertown. The orchestra will perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony along with the combined choirs of the Potsdam Community Chorus and the Northern Choral Society. For many, the piece is among Beethoven's greatest works, and is considered by some to be the greatest piece of music ever written.

Todd Moe talks with music director and conductor Kenneth Andrews about 25 years of making music and conducting Beethoven. Andrews has led the Orchestra of Northern New York since it first began in 1988.

Saturday night's concert is in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Concert Hall at 7:30, and Sunday's concert is at 3:30 at Watertown's First Presbyterian Church. Tickets: 315-267-2277  Go to full article

Preview: ONNY's summer pops concert in Potsdam

Pops and patriotic tunes will fill Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on July 3rd at 7:30 p.m. It's the Orchestra of Northern New York's annual summer pops concert, a musical celebration for the Fourth of July, Canada Day and summer. Todd Moe spoke with conductor Ken Andrews, who says the theme for Tuesday night's concert is the Big Band era.  Go to full article
Some of the members of the Northern Lights Orchestra in Waddington last summer.
Some of the members of the Northern Lights Orchestra in Waddington last summer.

Preview: Northern Lights Orchestra kicks off summer season

The Northern Lights Orchestra kicks off its fourth season with a concert on the Norwood Village Green on Thursday at 7 p.m. Todd Moe talks with string bassist and orchestra manager David Katz about the new season and its "Fiddler's Journey" theme this year.  Go to full article
Lisa Miller (photo: Tony Hall)
Lisa Miller (photo: Tony Hall)

Glens Falls Orchestra hires new director

The new executive director of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra will start her job early next month. Lisa Miller replaces Robert Rosoff, who will retire on Saturday. Miller's background is in marketing and corporate communications. She's also a member of Pro Musica, Albany's premier choral group. Before beginning her new role she'll spend the next couple of weeks at an orchestra management course in New York City.

The Glens Falls Orchestra has 55 musicians, a $300,000 budget and has operated in the black the last couple of years. But the recession has made it difficult for some orchestras to survive. The Syracuse Symphony filed for bankruptcy last spring. Todd Moe talks with Lisa Miller about some of the challenges and joys of leading the Glens Falls Symphony. For the last couple of years, she's worked with the orchestra's marketing committee.  Go to full article

NAC Orchestra prepares for 9/11 remembrance in Ottawa

The National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa will present a free open-air concert this Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. The concert will take place on the outdoor terrace of the NAC at 8:46 Sunday morning to coincide with the time the first plane crashed into New York's World Trade Center. Todd Moe spoke with the NAC Orchestra's Daphne Burt, who says the concert will honor every person affected on that day.  Go to full article
The Northern Lights Orchestra at a summer concert.
The Northern Lights Orchestra at a summer concert.

Northern Lights Orchestra takes a "Celtic Journey"

The Northern Lights Orchestra's first cd is out, just in time for the ensemble's summer season. The group, composed of professional and part time musicians from Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, has a concert tonight in Waddington in Island View Park (7 pm).

The orchestra began three summers ago out of what contrabassist David Katz calls a group of musicians who said, "We don't play enough -- let's start an orchestra." Todd Moe spoke with Katz, one of its founding members, about their new recording, titled Celtic Journey, and love of music.  Go to full article

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