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Baroque Orchestra, Bach Lunch set for Sunday in Potsdam

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POTSDAM - The 26-piece Baroque Orchestra of the Orchestra of Northern New York will present a stirring concert of Baroque hits from ONNY’s first 24 seasons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a traditional setting at Trinity Episcopal Church in Watertown. The group will repeat the performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam.

Music Director and Conductor Kenneth Andrews will open the program with the Overture to Handel’s Occasional Oratorio, HWV 46. Other highlights include Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Sinfonia from Solomon, Act II, HWV 67), Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets, the widely known and loved Canon in D major by Johann Pachelbel, and Jean-Joseph Mouret’s Rondeau from the Premiere Suites de Symphonies; a variation of which has been used on the PBS series, Downton Abbey.

Featured soloists are Anna Hendrickson on oboe and John Ellis and James Madeja on trumpet.

Concert tickets are available at the CPS Box Office at SUNY Potsdam by calling (315)267-2277, at Northern Music and Video in downtown Potsdam, or online at www.ONNY.org. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, students $10, and children twelve and under are free.

The Orchestra’s annual Bach’s Lunch will be held at Maxfield’s Restaurant in downtown Potsdam on Sunday, February 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The lunch will feature Roast Beef with wild mushroom jus, Roast Pork with apple bourbon jus, Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter sage, roasted seasonal vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, garden salad, and assorted desserts and beverages.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling (315)267-2277 or going online to www.ONNY.org. Prepaid reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Monday.

The Orchestra of Northern New York, now in its 24th season, was founded by Mr. 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 continues to sustain its exceptional quality and at the same time keeps tickets affordable to make its performances as accessible as possible. It is funded in part by The New York State Council On The Arts with additional support provided by The Northern New York Community Foundation.

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 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.

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