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POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central School bands and choruses will perform a concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Potsdam High School auditorium.

Three choirs directed by Mrs. Tammara Madeja will perform as part of the evening’s events. Treble Choir will perform Bist du bei mir by

J.S. Bach as part of their study of the Baroque period of music as well as several folk songs including Lake Isle of Innisfree by Eleanor

Daley and a set of Latin American folk songs, Dos Cancioncitas, conducted by student teacher, Yingyu He. Ms. He will also conduct

Concert Choir in the well-known American spiritual, Soon Ah Will Be Done, in the classic arrangement by William Dawson. Concert Choir will feature a group of seniors in “The Heavens Are Telling” from The Creation by Haydn.

Their program also includes the Mozart Lacrymos and a powerful setting of Bridge Over Troubled Water arranged by Kirby Shaw. Canta Sera Chamber Singers will entertain the audience with a beautiful setting of “Somewhere” from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

The bands, directed by Theresa Witmer and student teacher Kylier Stenger, include the Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble.

Concert Band will open with the famous Thus Spake Zarathustra by Strauss, best know as the “fanfare” used in the movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” They’ll continue with one of the group’s favorites, Tournament by Bulla, conducted by Ms. Stenger, and their final piece will be In the Forest of the King by Pierre LaPlante.

Wind Ensemble will open with John Philip Sousa’s regimental march, The Gallant Seventhand will follow that with the alternately eerie and exciting Night Dances by Bruce Yurko. Ms. Stenger will then direct the final movement, “March,” of Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb. To end the band portion of the program, Wind Ensemble will perform Jager’s thrilling 4-movement piece, Joan of Arc.

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