NORWOOD -- The Norwood Village Green Concert Series was recently awarded $7,500 for its 40th anniversary season by the Presenting Organizations Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Planning for the 2013 40th anniversary season is well underway. Jazz headliner Denis DiBlasio and Juno award recipient Kellylee Evans, the dance groups Soul Street and Dance Cadense and Grammy award winning singer Suzy Bogguss are all on tap for the season.
Also anticipated are master storyteller David Gonzalez and Daniel Kelly, gospel group the Campbell Brothers and Irish fiddler and ensemble Frankie Gavin and DeDannan.
Liz Queler and Seth Farber will accompany singer/songwriter Lou Coppola and will also perform their “Edna Project.”
Local performers The All Star BigBand, directed by Wally Siebel; John Kribs; Barb Heller; The Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band; Northern Symphonic Winds and Mary Ann Casale and Andy Van Duyne are also expected to appear.
In addition, the Brass Firemen will perform their annual hometown concert and the series will kick off with the traditional St. Lawrence County Music Educators Pop/Choral Stage Band Festival.
The concert series is also supported by public funds from the town of Potsdam and the village of Norwood. The public funds the series will receive in 2013 will total $15,400.
Total costs of the milestone 40th anniversary season are expected to be $53,000. The series has set a fundraising goal of $37,600 to cover the balance. $5,000 is expected from foundations, $8,000 from “pass the buckets” and $24,600 from businesses, corporations, organizations and individuals.
$37,450 of the total comes from the performer fees associated with the celebratory performers. This represents a $4,000 increase from fees for any past season.
The public is asked to support the season with a financial contribution. Donations are tax deductible. Donations of $25 or more received before the May 24 printing deadline will be published in the program guide, unless the donor asks for anonymity.
NYSCA has also established a three-year award cycle for the series, and is expected to award grants in 2014 and 2015 as well.
Visit the series at www.norwoodvillagegreenconcertseries for more information.