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Orchestra of NNY to ‘Sound the Trumpet’ twice to celebrate the beauty of Baroque period

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The Orchestra of Northern New York will “Sound the Trumpet” for its annual Baroque concert.

The instrument will be highlighted when the orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam.

In between the concerts, the orchestra’s annual Bach Lunch fundraiser will be held in Potsdam.

Orchestra of Northern New York music director and conductor Kenneth Andrews will feature the music of Henry Purcell, one of the Baroque period’s most brilliant composers for his annual Baroque period concert.

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.

English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was one of the greatest composers in British history. His works selected by Mr. Andrews for ONNY’s annual Baroque concert range from “When I am Laid in Earth” from Purcell’s opera “Dido and Aaeneas” to two selections from his mini opera “The Fairy Queen.”

The concerts will also include “Trumpet Voluntary” by English composer Jeremiah Clark (1673-1707). “Trumpet Voluntary” is also known as “The Prince of Denmark March” and is often heard at weddings.

Featured soloists at the weekend concerts are John R. Ellis on trumpet and Deborah P. Massell, soprano. Both are professors at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

The orchestra’s annual Bach Lunch is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Maxfield’s Restaurant, 15 Market St., Potsdam. A chamber ensemble of ONNY musicians will perform and a silent auction of jewelry will round out the festivities.

the details
WHAT: Annual Baroque-period concerts by the Orchestra of Northern New York
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Lawrence St., Potsdam.
COST: Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $10 for students and free for children age 12 and under
BACH LUNCH
The orchestra’s annual Bach Lunch is noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Maxfield’s Restaurant, 15 Market St., Potsdam. The menu includes roast beef with wild mushrooms demi-glaze, roast pork with roasted tomatoes and fennel, roasted winter vegetables, eggplant with lemon capers, garden salad and assorted desserts and beverages.
Lunch tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under.
Tickets for the concerts and the lunch can be purchased by going online at www.onny.or by calling the orchestra box office at 267-2277.
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