By CHRIS BROCK
POTSDAM Music and fossils will mingle Saturday when the Orchestra of Northern New York presents A Symphony of Dinosaurs in the Helen M. Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.
The child-friendly concert that conductor and ONNY founder Kenneth B. Andrews has put together features Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto by American composer Bruce Adolphe. This 25-minute piece was commissioned by the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 2000 for the unveiling of the Tyrannosaurus Sue skeleton at the Field Museum in Chicago.
The music follows a storyline about Sue as she searches for food and battles other dinosaurs. The piece will be narrated by Todd Moe, morning host and producer at North Country Public Radio.
Audience members will be able to see actual fossils at the concert. At 6 p.m. in the lobby of Hosmer Hall, Lisa M. Amati of the geology department at SUNY Potsdam and members of its geology club will share an interactive display of dinosaur fossils and other historic fossils.
The display will include replicas of a T. rex skull, the brow horns of a triceratops and a stegosaurus back plate. Ms. Amati and geology club members will be on hand to answer any questions about the items.
In honor of the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Mr. Andrews has selected Leo Arnauds rousing Buglers Dream to kick off the concert. The tune has been used as an Olympics anthem by American television stations since 1968.
After Buglers Dream, a piece by 18th-century Czech composer Johann Baptist Georg Neruda will feature the winner of the eighth annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition hosted by the ONNY.
Contest winner Sabrina Johnson, a senior at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, said she has been attending ONNY concerts since she was 5 or 6.
I can honestly say that those performances were some of the most inspirational, Ms. Johnson said.
Since September of last year, Ms. Johnson, a trumpet player, has been studying privately with James Madeja, a member of the ONNY and on the faculty of SUNY Potsdams Crane School of Music. She said she looks forward to studying with him more because she plans to enter SUNY Potsdam this fall as a freshman. Earlier this week, however, Ms. Johnson had an audition at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Ms. Johnson, who has performed in several All-County and All-State concerts, said she knows a lot of ears and eyes will be focused on her at Saturdays concert, including those of elementary-aged children in her school and her relatives. But its not making her nervous.
They make me feel like I really have something to prove that the past nine years I have been playing the trumpet are only the beginning of my journey into the musical world, she said.
Ms. Johnson will perform the first movement of Nerudas Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major with the orchestra.
The second half of the concert will include John Williamss score from Jurassic Park and Capriccio Italien Op. 45 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
WHAT: A Symphony of Dinosaurs presented by the Orchestra of Northern New York
WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday in Helen M. Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam
COST: Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $10 for students 13 and over and free for children 12 and under. Grandparents who bring grandchildren get a 15 percent discount.
Tickets may be purchased at the Community Performance Series box office in SUNY Potsdams Performing Arts Center or online at www.onny.org.