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. Marys Church, Potsdam.
In between the concerts, the orchestras 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 periods 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 ONNYs annual Baroque concert range from When I am Laid in Earth from Purcells 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 Potsdams Crane School of Music.
The orchestras annual Bach Lunch is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Maxfields Restaurant, 15 Market St., Potsdam. A chamber ensemble of ONNY musicians will perform and a silent auction of jewelry will round out the festivities.