Bring a Vet to the Pops Concert

POTSDAM - The public is invited to bring a vet to the Orchestra of Northern New York's summer pops concert to be recognized by the audience for their service and sacrifice to our country.  Each year, the Orchestra asks those in attendance who are veterans or active duty military personnel to stand and receive the thanks of those in attendance.

This year, the 62-piece Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Kenneth Andrews, will host two performances of American Pops and Summer Jazz at 8 pm, Monday, July 3 in Watertown's Thompson Park and 7 pm, Tuesday, July 4 in SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall.

The program opens with O' Canada and the Star Spangled Banner, followed by the Armed Forces Salute and American Patrol as the Orchestra's salute to military personnel.

A medley of Duke Ellington music precedes Deep Fascinating Things that features the music of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

The second half of the program begins with A Salute to the Big Bands, followed by Sincerely Sinatra! - a world premiere arrangement by noted jazz trombonist and arranger Bret Zvacek. He is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the Crane School of Music as well as a clinician and performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America. He is also a charter member of ONNY.

The program concludes with the 1812 Overture and The Stars and Stripes Forever.

The July 3rd performance in Watertown's Thompson Park is free. Festivities begin at 5 pm with the Double Barrel Blues Band, continue at 7:30 pm with welcome speeches and at 8 pm with the ONNY concert.  Fireworks immediately follow the concert.

Tickets for the July 4th Potsdam performance are $22 adults, $18 senior citizens and military, free for children (6-17) and $5 for college students with I.D. The program begins at 7 pm so it will end in time to enjoy fireworks offered in the region. Coupons for $5 off each ticket can be found in local and regional newspapers this week.

The Orchestra of Northern New York, celebrating its 29th year, is the North Country’s only professional year-round symphony orchestra. It is funded, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

For tickets or more information, call 315-267-2277 or visit