POTSDAM -- The Orchestra of Northern New York will celebrate 30 years when it presents its 2017-2018 season beginning this fall.
Eleven performances of five concerts of live orchestral music, including two classical, two pops and a Baroque concert will be performed in Potsdam, Massena and Watertown.
Music director and conductor Kenneth Andrews founded the orchestra in 1988, defying all odds that a professional symphony orchestra could be sustained in such a rural region of the state.
"We offer a wide array of brilliant orchestral masterpieces from our classics to our pops series," he said in a recent news release.
He also thanked major underwriters: SUNY Potsdam, the Crane School of Music, New York State Council on the Arts, the Northern New York Community Foundation, and the Sweetgrass Foundation for their support, which has enabled ONNY to reach this milestone.
Fall Gala Opening Concert
The season begins with one of the most popular and sparkling overtures of all time -- Mozart's Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro.” Brahms' “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” follows, with Beethoven's “Symphony No. 3 (Sinfonia Eroica)” rounding out the program.
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at Watertown's First Presbyterian Church.
Ring in the holidays with great seasonal music and the angelic sounds of ONNY's Holiday Festival Chorus featuring high school students from St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Internationally acclaimed tenor Donald George will sing such favorites as Gesu Bambino and Panis Angelicus.
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at Massena High School; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17 at Watertown's First Presbyterian Church. The Dec. 16th concert is a benefit for Massena Music Friends, which provides musical instruments and other support to music programs in the Massena Central Schools.
All Bach Program
This concert highlights some of the most beautiful and poignant music from Johann Sebastian Bach. The program opens with his “Cantata 42” followed by two legendary Brandenburg concerti -- No. 3 and No 4 -- and concludes with the sublime grandeur of his “Orchestral Suite No. 1.”
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown and 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at St. Mary's Church in Potsdam. Soloists are: Kenneth Andrews and Jill Rubio, flutes, and Concertmaster John Lindsey, violin.
Spring Classical Concert
“Pulcinella Suite,” Stravinsky's inspired re-invention of the 18th century, will showcase the virtuosity of ONNY's principal chairs. The second half of the program is Mendelssohn's brilliant and exhilarating “Symphony No. 4 (Italian Symphony).”
Also performing with ONNY will be the winner of its annual Young Artist Competition for high school instrumentalists. The competition takes place Feb. 10, 2018 with students from northern and central New York vying for the $500 first prize and the opportunity to perform with this professional orchestra.
Performances are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29 at Watertown's First Presbyterian Church.
Summer Pops Return
This annual concert presents a spectacular musical salute to July 4th and our veterans with rousing patriotic favorites such as “Liberty Fanfare” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Also featured will be selections from silver screen blockbusters such as Ben Hur, Superman, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, and Disney's The Lion King, among others.
Performances are 7 p.m., Monday, July 2 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 3 at Thompson Park in Watertown. The concert in the park, hosted by the Watertown Noon Rotary Club, is free and followed by fireworks.
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Concertgoers can save nearly 15% off regular admission prices by purchasing a season ticket to ONNY's 30th season.
Regular tickets are $23 for adults, $19 for seniors (62+), active military personnel and veterans, and $10 for college students with ID. Children, 17 and younger, are free for all concerts, except the benefit for Massena Music Friends on Dec. 16.
For season ticket prices for the Potsdam and Watertown Series, visit www.onny.org or call the box office at 315-267-2277.
ONNY is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.