The Orchestra of Northern New York traditionally goes for baroque each winter, with the concerts among the orchestras most popular, attracting a loyal following.
Orchestra founder and music director Kenneth B. Andrews has presented a Baroque-based concert yearly since the orchestras inception.
This year, for its 25th-anniversary season, Mr. Andrews has selected movements and complete works from the Baroque era that have been some of the most popular in the orchestras history.
The orchestras 26-piece Baroque orchestra will perform its Greatest Baroque Hits Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., and Sunday at St. Marys Church, 17 Lawrence Ave., Potsdam.
The Baroque period ranged from about 1600 to around 1750 and was characterized by highly embellished melodies. The music of that time was written for either the church or for the court.
Mr. Andrews will open the concerts in a celebratory fashion with George Frideric Handels overture of his Occasional Oratorio, composed quickly in 1746.
The joyous occasion that caused Handel to write the oratorio was the English government forces (under the Duke of Cumberland) defeat of Prince Charles and Jacobite rebels at Culloden Moor in the Scottish Highlands in 1746.
Other highlights of the ONNYs baroque concert will be Handels Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Antonio Vivaldis Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets; Johann Pachelbels Canon in D Major; and Jean-Joseph Mourets Rondeau from Premiere Suites de Symphonies. Many listeners may know the tunes, but not their names. For example, Rondeaus piece is a variation used on the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre.
Featured soloists are Crane School of Music faculty members Anna Hendrickson on oboe and John R. Ellis and James T. Madeja on trumpet.
Ms. Hendrickson performs regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and with the summer Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. She is the ONNYs principal oboe player.
Mr. Ellis has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has appeared with the Canadian Brass, the U.S. Army Brass Band, Calgary Philharmonic, the Moody Blues and Grammy Award winners Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and Anne Murray.
Mr. Madeja has been a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet since 1985 and has toured as cornetist with Keith Brions New Sousa Band. He was a conductor of Skyline Brass, a professional large brass ensemble based in Harrisonburg, Va. He now conducts the Crane Concert Band and Crane Brass Ensemble.