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Fiddler Koehler joining Orchestra of NNY for American Pops


POTSDAM - The Orchestra of Northern New York will present “American Pops,” a down-home celebration of great American music, at 7 p.m. July 3 at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

The concert will feature recent North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame inductee Gretchen Koehler. Ms. Koehler will be joined by her sister Rebecca Koehler on fiddle, brother-in-law Brandt Kronholm on guitar, and son Sylvain Foisy step dancing and fiddling.

The Orchestra will repeat this event at 8 p.m. July 4 in Thompson Park, Watertown.

Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews, has collaborated with Ms. Koehler to put together an exciting program highlighting some of the greatest American fiddling classics including the Traditional “Devil’s Dream” with fiddle arrangements by Gretchen Koehler.

In addition to celebrating American fiddling, patriotic favorites will include “O’Canada,” “Star Spangled Banner,” and the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky as well as the “Armed Forces Salute,” Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down from Rodeo,” Jay Ungar’s “Wizzard’s Walk” and the “Liberty Bell March” conducted by Noel de la Motte, winner of the 2013 Guest Maestro Raffle.

Concert tickets are available in Potsdam at Northern Music & Video, and the CPS Box Office at SUNY Potsdam. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, and children twelve and under are FREE. Tickets are also available by phone at 315-267-2277 or at

The July 4 concert in Thompson Park, Watertown is presented by the North Country Arts Council will include fireworks and military Howitzers for the “1812 Overture.” This performance is free to the public.

The orchestra’s web site, is the place to go to learn more about the professional musicians who produce this fabulous music and to discover information about upcoming concerts and events.

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