Northern Symphonic Winds, Cathie Ryan Band next on Norwood Village Green slate
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 2:32 pm

NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series continues June 26 with the Northern Symphonic Band and June 29 with the Cathie Ryan Band, both at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, conservatory powered music ensemble Kleztory will perform on Sunday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

Similar to the music they perform, Kleztory is a rich mosaic of cultures including Russian, Canadian, Quebecois and Moldavian musical training and musical tastes such as classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, country and folk.

Northern Symphonic Winds will perform music suitable to outdoor concerts. This will be the wind ensemble's eighth appearance for the Norwood Village Green Concert Series.

Founded in 1998, Northern Symphonic Winds is a 46-52 piece wind and percussion ensemble comprised of faculty from the Crane School of Music, northern New York music teachers, other professionals, and selected Crane students, The ensemble holds firmly to three primary objectives: to feature the finest wind and percussion performers available in the North Country, to perform music of the highest quality, and to bring enjoyment and satisfaction to audiences around the North Country.

Its conductors have included Dr. Tim Topolewski, Scott LaVine, Dr. James Madeja, Dr. Brian Doyle and Dr. Patricia Cornett.

The L.A. Times describes the Cathie Ryan Band as "One of the leading voices in Celtic Music."

As founding lead singer with Cherish the Ladies and with her solo career, Cathie has also sung with major orchestras in this country.

For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition.

Cathie happily shares the stage, and the show, with her award-winning band. Featuring Patsy O'Brien on guitar, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, and Brian Melick on percussion, the band weaves subtle arrangements and harmonies around Cathie's vocals and match her charming repartee with dazzling sets of traditional tunes.

The Cathie Ryan Band has built a loyal following by touring internationally and singing songs of the heart at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphony orchestras. They have been featured on national and public television throughout the world. Their radio highlights include NPR's Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock, PRI's The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland.

Cathie's fifth CD, Through Wind and Rain, is bringing her music to a much wider audience, but she remains one of the most important voices in Irish music. Irish America Magazine twice named her one of the"Top 100 Irish Americans: and Chicago's Irish American News has twice honored her as "Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.