Concertmaster Lindsey to Solo with ONNY

For 35 years, the Orchestra of Northern New York has been fortunate to have violinist John Lindsey as its founding concertmaster. Next week, he will demonstrate his virtuosic musical skills as he performs as guest soloist in “Winter Serenade.”

Two performances of this concert are slated for Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Canton, and Sunday, February 5 at 3 pm in First Presbyterian Church, Watertown.

The program includes Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, also known as Salzburg Symphony No. 3; Mahler’s “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 in C# Minor; Montgomery’s Strum; Rutter’s Suite for Strings; and Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 2.

Lindsey will solo on “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Manha de Carnaval” from Bonfa’s Black Orpheus.

John Lindsey retired as SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Violin Emeritus from The Crane School of Music (where he taught for 35 years) in 2016. The Distinguished Service Professorship is the State University of New York’s highest professorial rank, It was bestowed upon him in May, 2009. At the time, he was only the second Crane faculty member to ever receive that ranking. Previously he was awarded the 1993 SUNY Potsdam President’s Award and the 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, both for Excellence in Teaching.

Parallel with his teaching accomplishments, Mr. Lindsey has fashioned an incredibly active and distinguished career as a performing violinist. He is currently the founding Concertmaster of both the Orchestra of Northern New York for 35 years and the Eleva Chamber Players in Vermont for 17 years.

Mr. Lindsey has performed in several U.S. states and the People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, and Thailand.

His new CD album of violin music for early education purposes was released in August of 2020 and is available on Amazon and iTunes. Visit Mr. Lindsey’s website at: for more information.

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