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WADDINGTON – For the third installment of Waddington’s Summer Concert Series, a local group will present north country fiddle tunes with an orchestral flair.

The Northern Lights Orchestra will present “A Fiddler’s Journey” From 7 to 9 p.m. on July 13 in Island View Park. This is the second year the orchestra will perform in the series.

This year’s program will feature works by north country composers and arrangers and traditional melodies arranged in original styling for the small orchestra.

String bass player in NLO David R. Katz, said audiences will recognize many of their favorite north country and Quebecois fiddle tunes.

“It’s a program based on traditional North American music,” said Mr. Katz. “Fiddle tunes that would have been heard by people going to concert dances or traditional gatherings that have been arranged for orchestra. Anybody who is familiar with fiddle music around here is going to know some of the tunes.”

Although, Mr. Katz said the tunes may not be noticeable at first listen.

“Most of what we’re playing is arrangements of the tunes,” he said. “Probably wouldn’t have heard it the way we’re playing it. What we’ve done taking simple melodies and added harmonization to make a full orchestral sound of it.”

“If I were to pick one piece that one piece that they are familiar but different form what they’ve ever heard it would be Orange Blossom Special,” he said.“People will be surprised to hear it when it comes along on the program.”

The orchestra’s membership extends throughout the St. Lawrence County. The 35-piece orchestra features flutes, oboes, violas, cellos, basses, woodwinds, clarinets, flutes and oboes. In addition to standard orchestral instruments, the NLO also features less conventional instruments such as guitar, electric bass, and keyboard.

This is the group’s fifth season since it was formed in 2008. The Northern Lights typically plays strictly summer concert series, but Mr. Katz said the group is considering a Christmas and New Year’s Eve performance.

Mr. Katz said the group has booked summer concert series in the last three years because that is what the audience has come to expect and the positive responses the orchestra receives.

The concert is free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, concerts held at the Old Town Hall, Main St.

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