Orchestra of Northern New York presents its spring classical concert, “Stravinsky and Mendelssohn” April 28,29
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 5:15 pm

POTSDAM - Silas Smith, 18, of Malone will be the featured soloist when the Orchestra of Northern New York presents its spring classical concert, “Stravinsky and Mendelssohn,” at 7:30 p.m., April 28 in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and at 3 p.m., April 29 in First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington St., Watertown.

Both performances are sponsored, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

Smith is the winner of the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition held this past February. He has been studying harp for ten years through the National String Project at the Crane School of Music, under the direction of Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis. He will perform Ravel's Introduction and Allegro.

He has also attended Crane Youth Music for the past five years where he performed with the CYM Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Harp Ensemble. He is a former recipient of the Scott LaVine CYM Scholarship and the American Harp Society Kids for Camp Scholarship.

Smith has participated in numerous NYSSMA solo festivals and was a principal harpist in New York State's All State Program at the Eastman School of Music last year. In addition, he performed Faure's "Requiem" at SUNY Plattsburgh's ChoralFest 2016.

The concert also features Stravinsky's masterful Pulcinella Suite that will showcase the virtuosity of ONNY's principal chairs. On the second half of the program, Mendelssohn's brilliant and exhilarating Symphony No. 4 (Italian) will take the listener back to his magical trip to Italy in 1830.

Tickets for the Watertown concert are now available two new ticket outlets in Watertown: the North Country Arts Council, 52 Public Square, and Pine Cleaners, 237 Franklin Street.

"We are trying to make it more convenient for concertgoers to purchase tickets," says ONNY executive director Kathryn M. Del Guidice. "Many times, people have had to wait in line at the concerts to buy tickets. This should help eliminate that."

Tickets for the Potsdam concert can be purchased at the CPS box office on the SUNY Potsdam campus, at Brick & Mortar Music, 15 Market Street in Potsdam, or online at www.onny.org.

ONNY is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information about ONNY, call 315-267-3251 or visit www.onny.org.