Wednesday, May 23, 2012
NORWOOD — Thirteen school groupsfrom Potsdam, Norwood-Norfolk, Colton-Pierrepont, Hermon-DeKalb, Lisbon, Can-ton and Madrid-Waddington school dis-tricts will perform as the Norwood VillageGreen Concert Series opens its 39th annualseason with the St. Lawrence County PopChoral Stage Band Festival from 4 to 9 p.m.ay 31.Here is the festival schedule :
4 p.m: Hermon-DeKalb Rock En-semble , directed by Matt Gayle. Hermon-DeKalb Jazz Band directed by JonathanPabis.
4:40: Lisbon Jazz Band, directed by Glenn Roberts.
5 :15: Colton-Pierrepont Jazz Band, di-rected by Don Washington.
5:40: Canton High School Jazz Band,directed by Tim Savage.
6:10: Canton High School VocalGroups (two), directed by Kim Busch.
6:35: Norwood-Norfolk Central SchoolBelaires , directed by Jonathan Burnett.
7:05: Madrid-Waddington VocalGroups (two), directed by Nichelle Burnett.
7:35 to 9 p.m.: AAK Middle SchoolShowchoir, directed by Laura DiMatteo;AAK Middle School Stage Band, directed by Jill Rubio; Potsdam High School Jazz Band,directed by Theresa Witmer.The festival is supported by the St. Law-rence County Music Educators Associa-tion, the Potsdam Rotary Club and many individual contributors. Admission to all concerts in the series isfree but there is a “pass the hat” for dona-tions.The series’ broad spectrum of mu-sical talent also includes the GibsonBrothers,who received the InternationalBluegrass Music Association’s awards forBest Album of the Year (2011) and BestVocal Group of the Year (2011); WayneBergeron, one of the most recorded andrespected trumpet players in America, anda host of local and international perform-ing artists. In addition to the SLCMEA Fes-tival there will also be a “Sounds of Sum-mer” Festival with John Wolfe, 12 Struck,and The Debt, and a Children’s Festival aswell as a special performance by Kim andReggie Harris for the students of Norwood-orfolk Central School.The series will present a storytelling workshop called “The Language of Story-telling” as part of “A Children’s Festival”that will feature The Storycrafters, BobShelley and Stephen Gratto. It has coor-dinated the Wayne Bergeron/All Star Big Band concert with workshops and an eve-ning concert for Crane Youth Music. TheAll Star Big Band will also feature masterdrummer John Riley and Pat Carney in thetrumpet section. Added to this mix the series will pres-ent three Canadian-based concerts withthe Peter Karp/Sue Foley Blues Band, My Sweet Patootie, Al Parrish, and the Mari-golds with Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick andCaitlin Hanford. It will also present theacoustic jazz ensemble Babik, the North-ern Lights Orchestra, Northern Symphonic Winds, The Brass Firemen, jazz singer Jody Sandhaus accompanied by the Pete Malin-verni Trio, and neotraditional folksingersDana and Susan Robinson.The traditional ending of the season willfeature a brand new and original produc-tion of “The Town That Fought Hate,” astory based on the book “The ChristmasMenorahs”. The true story is about how Billings, Mont. came together and outwit-ted and outanked the Skinheads gang.The vehicle for this encouraging story isthe Catskill Puppet Theater, no stranger toNorwood Village Green Concert Series au-diences.The season will end on Sunday, Aug.12, with a concert to raise funds for improve-ments to the band shell. The series vice-president, Andy Van Duyne, will coordi-nate the show, to be given by many localperformers.In its long history,the Norwood VillageGreen Concert Series has been able topresent a wide variety of performers fromelementary school to local and regionalartists and performing groups from every continent. Its performers have included11 Grammy winners, 13 Juno winners, twoEmmy winners, 14 International BluegrassMusic Association winners, three BluesFoundation award winners, three MapleBlues award winners, a recipient of the Or-der of Canada and a National Medal of Artsrecipient.The series is supported with public mon-eys by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency, the Town of Potsdam,and the Village of Norwood. It is also sup-ported by the private sector that accountsfor its main source of income via founda-tions, corporations, civic associations andindividuals. The acoustic concerts are sup-ported by the Sweetgrass Foundation. Theseries continues to take donations made
Norwood series has songsters, storytellers
SEASON OPENS SOON:
Thirteen school groups scheduled to perform in Pop Choral Stage Band Festival set May 31
A children’s festival with the Storycrafters, Bob Shelley and Stephen Gratto, beginning with‘The Language of Storytelling,’ a workshop for storytellers, is scheduled July 1.The Norwood Village Green Concert Seriespresents musicians and storytellers Kim andReggie Harris at 7 p.m. June 7 at the villageband shell. They will perform earlier in theday at Norwood-Norfolk Central School.Master trumpet player Wayne Bergeron will perform at the village band shell July 5 withthe All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel.
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