POTSDAM - The Northern Symphonic Winds will be taking the stage at Hosmer Hall at 7:30 p.m. tonight for a free community concert titled Featured Friends.
Patricia Cornett, who is in her first year of helping to lead the band, said this concert is special because it gives the band an opportunity to feature several faculty members from the Crane School of Music.
This is a faculty showcase concert, as we will be featuring several faculty soloists, Ms. Cornett said. Its going to be a lot of really great music, and its a chance to showcase some of our faculty who play in the band, along with students and community members.
When asked what she enjoyed most about Northern Symphonic Winds, she said the answer to that question is easy.
This is a great opportunity for me to make music with my faculty colleagues, she said.
Peter J. Popiel is a retired tuba instructor from Crane, but he still plays in the group, as well as several others in the area.
I still very much enjoy playing, he said.
Mr. Popiel said this concert in particularly has been a lot of fun to get rehearse for. I think this is a particularly good concert from the perspective of audience appeal, he said. I think everyone will find it a very enjoyable program.
Among the pieces are a stunning fanfare by Paul Dukas of The Sorcerers Apprentice fame, folk melodies, Country Gardens and Early One Morning by Percy Grainger and Burlesk for Band by Potsdam resident Robert Washburn.
According to a release from the band, Mr. Washburn is best known for composing the music for the 1980 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Lake Placid.
Serenade by Richard Strauss is a piece featuring a small group of 13 brass and woodwinds. The show will also include four other pieces, all by American composers with Crane faculty featured in each of the performances.
Lorraine Yaros-Sullivan, a mezzo-soprano, will perform Cabaret songs by William Bolcom; Lonel Woods, a tenor, will sing Old American Songs by Aaron Copland; and Concertino for Three Brass and Band by Floyd Werle will feature James Madeja on the trumpet, Mark Hartman on the trombone and Charles Guy on the tuba.
The final piece of the evening will feature Cranes Dean Michael Sitton on the piano in Baby Face Nelson and the Femme Fatale by Joseph Thalken.
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.