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Crane professor premiering flute concertina at ONNY concert

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POTSDAM - The Orchestra of Northern New York will present master symphonic interpretations of Shakespeare’s classic love story of Romeo and Juliet,: Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic dances from West Side Story and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

The Orchestra is also thrilled to present Crane School of Music professor Paul Siskind’s world premiere flute concertina commissioned by Dr. Louis Canales and Dr. Suzanne Daye as part of the Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary celebration. The Orchestra will repeat this performance in Watertown on Sunday, April 28, 2013, 3:00pm, at the Dulles State Office Building.

Opening the concert will be Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, a very popular work which has been used in a number of arrangements for television programs and movies, including CBS Sports Spectacular; the BBC News in Scotland; the Australian Seven Sport shows; the Canadian series Titans; U.S. Navy recruitment ads; and the films Saving Private Ryan, Ready to Rumble, and Parinda. A universally admired work, it has also been heard in outer space, where it was played as wake-up music on the Space Shuttle and, just this past September, was played at Los Angeles International Airport as the Space Shuttle Endeavor completed its final landing.

Following Copland’s Fanfare, concert goers will be treated to Paul Siskind’s world premiere, “Whence Minstrelsie Filled the Gallerie,” which was written specifically for flute soloist and ONNY musician Jill Rubio. Unlike traditional commissioned works, the winning bidder got to choose either a specific instrument or specific player from the Orchestra to feature in a concertino. Drs. Canales and Daye chose Rubio to feature as the soloist because their daughter, Kristen, had studied flute with Mrs. Rubio.

Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” will round out the first half of the program. It is truly fitting that Tchaikovsky as a Romantic Era composer would chose Shakespeare’s classic love story for inspiration. Tchaikovsky takes us through the passionate story of these star-crossed lovers by painting the moods of anguish, tenderness, gloom, somberness, woe, anticipation, tension, and tenderness culminating in Romeo and Juliet’s love theme, played by English horn and violas, which has become synonymous with all things romantic in today’s popular culture.

After intermission, the Orchestra will treat you to the Symphonic Dances of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Bernstein’s edgy Modernism and lyrical Romanticism prove genius, as the show’s music has become a study in contrasts. Aggressively dissonant, percussive, jazz-inflected numbers balance poignant, romantic ballads. The combination both energizes us and breaks our hearts.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 315-267-2277 or online at www.ONNY.org. Tickets may also be purchased in Potsdam at Northern Music & Video, at the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, or at the CPS Box Office at SUNY Potsdam. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students 13+, and free for children 12 and under. Generous support for the Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Season is provided by the Northern New York Community Foundation.

The Orchestra of Northern New York, now celebrating its twenty-fifth season, was founded by Music Director/Conductor Kenneth Andrews. The Orchestra’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the North Country through live performances of orchestral music performed by superb musicians in professional settings. It is the only professional symphony from Burlington to Syracuse to Ottawa to Montreal.

The Orchestra consists of some 60 professional musicians from New York, New England, Canada, and a few highly talented students, by audition, from the Crane School of Music. The orchestra’s web site, www.ONNY.org is the place to go to hear music from a performance, to learn more about the professional musicians who produce this fabulous music, and to discover information about upcoming concerts and events.

In over 20 years, thousands of people in Ontario, and Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties have enjoyed well over 200 concerts. Guest soloists have included The Susquehanna String Band, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, pianist Claude Frank, fiddler Mark O’Connor, harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, violinist Jaime Laredo, trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, and singer Tony Bennett, to name a few. The Orchestra continues to sustain its exceptional quality and at the same time keeps tickets affordable to make its performances as accessible as possible.

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