Potsdam High School band, choirs and orchestra concert tonight; band director's last concert
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:41 am

Percussionist Billy Sokol will perform with the Potsdam high school band. Photo by Theresa Witmer.

POTSDAM -- Potsdam High School's band, choirs and orchestra will present a concert Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The string ensemble, directed by Jill Savage, will play an arrangement of “Singin’ in the Rain” followed by “The Rainbow Connection.”

The orchestra, also directed by Savage, will perform the traditional Hebrew melody “Hatikvah,” arranged by John Leavitt, and Ocean Storm “La Tempesta di Mare," by Antonio Vivaldi and arranged by Tom Fritz.

The orchestra will finish with excerpts from “Basses Loaded” by Carrie Lane Gruselle.

Treble Choir, an all-female ensemble directed by Tammara Madeja, will sing “Now is the Month of Maying” by Thomas Morley, “Mouse Madrigal” by Steven Porter, “Irish Love Song” by Margaret Lang, conducted by student teacher Lauren Scharf, and “I am the River” by Amy Bernon.

The concert choir, also led by Madeja will sing “At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners” by Williametta Spencer and Frank Ticheli's “Earth Song,” directed by Lauren Scharf.

Two arrangements will conclude the vocal portion of the program, starting with James Erb's adaptation of “Shenendoah” and ending with “Plenty Good Room,” arranged by Rene Clausen.

The choirs will be accompanied by Geri McGrath.

The band, directed by Theresa Witmer, will begin the final segment of the program with Malcolm Arnold's “Prelude,” “Siciliano” and “Rondo,” a classic of the wind band literature.

Celtic melodies and drumming will be featured in Samuel Hazo's “Sòlas Ané,” which is Gaelic for "Yesterday's Joy."

To close the program on Witmer's final formal Potsdam Central School concert the band will perform John Philip Sousa's march “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

A reception will follow.