POTSDAM -- The Orchestra of Northern New York 2016-2017 season schedule features orchestral works ranging from those of Mozart and the Baroque period to Yuletide favorites and American jazz and pops.
The 29th season of the Orchestra begins with the Opening Gala Concert "Viva Espagnol!" Celebrating the music of Spain, the concert will feature De Falla's Concierto de Aranjuez and highlight the virtuosity of Douglas Rubio, a noted guitar soloist and member of the Crane Artist Faculty.
Performances will be held in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and at the First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.
Acclaimed Canadian mezzo-soprano vocalist Colleen Skull and the Salmon River High School Chamber Choir will join the Orchestra for three performances of the "Yuletide Celebration," which will include celebrated seasonal favorites including "O Holy Night" and "This Christmastide (Jessye's Carol)" among many familiar others.
Performances will be held at Hosmer Hall on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m, the First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m, and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
The third concert will pay homage to "The Genius of the Baroque!" and represent the inspired genius of many of the great computers in Europe during the years 1600-1750. Compositions from Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and Lully will be featured.
Performances will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and St. Mary's Church, Potsdam, on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Talented young artists from the region will compete for prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra at the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition held at Hosmer Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
"Our World and Beyond!" will center around a presentation of Gustav Holst's monumental work, The Planets, which will be performed in conjunction with a large screen multimedia program by visual artist Adrian Wyard. Wyard's program will feature NASA photography, imagery from telescopes and original animations and is coordinated with the conductor's direction of the work.
Performances will be held at Hosmer Hall on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at a location to be announced.
The final classics concert of the season, "Mostly Mozart," will feature Crane Faculty Artist and the Orchestra's Principal Bassoonist Carol Lowe. Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon in Bb Major, K. 191 and Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550 and Rossini's Overture to La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder) will be featured.
Performances will be held at Hosmer Hall on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. and the First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m.
The "American Pops and Summer Jazz" concert will include a musical salute to the Fourth of July and veterans with a selection of patriotic favorites. Also slated are classics from Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and other performers and songwriters. Celebrated jazz trombonist and composer Brett Zvacek will also unveil a world premier arrangement of "Sincerely Sinatra."
A free performance will be held at at Thompson Park, Watertown, on Monday, July 3 at 8 p.m. and a regular performance at Hosmer Hall on Tuesday, July 4 at 7 p.m.