Norwood Village Green to host three-day chamber music festival
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 5:33 pm

NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series opens a three-day Chamber Music Festival June 12 with a shared performance by the Onyx Clarinet Quartet, Riverside Brass Quintet and Sonic Escape.

The opening concert for the festival begins Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. while the series will host two performances of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) Marimba Band on June 5.

The first performance will take place at 1 p.m. for Norwood-Norfolk Central School students and a 7 p.m. performance will be held for the general public at Village Green.

Specializing in music written and arranged for the melodic percussion instruments, the RPO Marimba Band primarily features ragtime xylophone pieces and novelty music from the early decades of the 20th century, many Latin and jazz tunes. The band performs on two marimbas, vibraphone, steel drum, drum set, and various percussion instruments.

Sonic Escape will perform at the village green on June 15 at 7 p.m. They will also hold meet and greets on June 14 at Ives Park in Potsdam at 1 p.m. and on Park Avenue in Norwood at 4:30 p.m.

The flute/violin/cello trio of Juilliard graduates who perform music from Ireland and Japan along with music by J.S. Bach. They will entertain June 15 in Colton at the gazebo at 10:30 a.m. followed by a show at the Hometown Café in Norwood at 6:30 p.m.

Onyx Clarinet Quartet consists of Terryanne Gerber, Laurie Dobmeirer and Alan and Roxanne Woy. Based jointly in Syracuse and Rochester, Onyx is the musical partnership Dobmeirer, Gerber and Alan Woy on B-flat clarinet and Roxanne Woy on bass clarinet.

The group was created when the friends were car-pooling to a performance with Central Winds, a music educator wind ensemble based in Syracuse. The Onyx Clarinet Quartet launched in 2010. Since then the group has developed an assorted repertoire that ranges from classical to popular music.

Dobmeirer is a music educator in Baldwinsville School District, where she is middle school band director. As a clarinetist she has performed professionally with the Syracuse Symphony, and is currently a member of the Central Winds Music Educators Wind Ensemble,

Gerber has been a middle school choral director and general music teacher in the Baldwinsville School District for the past 29 years. She has taught private clarinet and saxophone lessons for over 30 years.

Since retiring from the Crane School of Music in 2004, Alan Woy continues to lead an active musical life as a performer, teacher, and conductor. He taught studio clarinet, woodwind techniques, and conducting at Crane. He was a member of the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet for 33 years until his retirement.

Roxanne Woy hold bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. She began her teaching career teaching secondary instrumental music at Norwood-Norfolk Central School and finished as a librarian at Potsdam Central Schools. She has played with the Orchestra of Northern New York for the past 20 years.

The Riverside Brass Quintet is comprised of John Schorge, Paul Buell, Peter McCoy, Roy Schaberg and Peter Popiel.

The group was organized in the spring of 2009. Even though the ensemble is relatively new, the individual members are highly experienced brass players and are active as performers and teachers.

All members of the quintet are also performers in Northern Symphonic Winds; additionally, each one of the five has connections to the Crane School of Music.

Trombonist Peter McCoy is a member of the Music Education Department, Roy Schaberg, French horn, John Schorge, trumpet and Peter Popiel, tuba, are all emeritus professors in the Crane School of Music, and Paul Buehl, trumpet, is a graduate of the school who teaches instrumental and vocal music at Sackets Harbor Central School.

The group performs a wide variety of music; some originally written for brass quintet, some music borrowed or arranged for quintet, their repertoire is varied in musical styles and chosen for its wide audience appeal as well as for its high musical quality.

Schorge, who taught at Crane for 25 years and was a founding member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet, playing with that group for 17 years until his retirement in 1985. He was an active solo recitalist for many years and has participated in orchestral playing in the area.

Buell, who is a graduate of Crane and teaches instrumental and choral music at Sackets Harbor High School. He has performed extensively throughout Northern New York, and besides performing with the quintet, performs with the Northern Symphonic Winds, Wally Seibel All-Star Big Band and the Potsdam Community Band.

Schaberg is a professor emeritus at Crane, where he taught for 30 years. He was a founding member of the Potsdam Brass and Woodwind quintets and was principal horn of the Orchestra of Northern New York for 15 years until his retirement.

McCoy has taught in public and private schools, performed, conducted and adjudicated nationally since 1985. He teaches courses in music technology, instrumental and general music, and serves as Coordinator of Music Technology for the Crane School of Music. He performs with the All Star Big Band, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and the Crane Latin Band.

Popiel, who came to Crane in 1971 where he taught tuba, euphonium and various courses in music history along with among other disciplines. He performed with the Potsdam Brass Quintet until his retirement and currently performs in many other groups, including Northern Symphonic Winds and the Central New York Winds. He is business manager for the quintet.

Sonic Escape uses every part of the performer; fingers, mind, voice and story, to reshape the live music experience. As music and stories intertwine, audiences are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, revelations. Interaction and innovation are hallmarks the group.

Sonic Escape have performed in classical music's greatest halls including The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to name a few. They've also traveled the world in roles such as fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands, soloing and drumming with taiko troupes, improvising with Native-American flute masters and playing rock clubs across NYC.

Violinist and composer Maria Kaneko Millar has performed as a soloist throughout Canada, Ireland, China, Japan and the US; as well as having CBS Sunday Morning and CBS The Early Show air her work.

Flutist Shawn Wyckoff is an avid solo and chamber musician who has been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress and the Guggenheim Museum. Shawn is the artistic director, flutist and music arranger for TetraWind, a woodwind quartet specializing in contemporary American music.

Cellist Nan-Cheng Chen recently praised for his “beautiful tone” by New York Concert Reviews, is passionate about sharing music with music lovers. He has soloed with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony, and Symphony Pro Musica.

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