ONNY Appeals for Support for its Most Expensive Concert

An American Salute, the summer Pops concert of the 36th season of the Orchestra of Northern New York will be presented three times – July 2 at Thompson Park in Watertown, July 3 at SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall in Potsdam, and July 4 at Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island.

More than 60 professional musicians will entertain under the very capable baton of Michael Colburn, who was recently appointed Music Director of the North Country’s only professional symphony orchestra. The program includes patriotic favorites such as John Philip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March and Stars and Stripes. Also, John Williams’ The Cowboys, Leroy Anderson’s The Syncopated Clock, and selections from the Bennett arrangement of Richard Rodgers’ The Sound of Music, among others works.

While this summer blockbuster is exciting, it is also the most expensive that ONNY will have produced since last year’s Pops program. The total cost to produce this concert is $39,089. And ONNY finds itself $10,000 short of its fundraising goal for this year.

As ONNY wraps up this year, it has much of which to be proud artistically. However, it needs to work diligently in the next six weeks to ensure that the 2023-2024 season is also a financial success.

Donations make it possible to experience another thrilling night of live music for thousands of concertgoers because the summer Pops concert is not only the largest ensemble and most expensive concert ONNY produces, but it also is the most well-attended program. Music lovers willing to donate in the final weeks of the year will give musicians three more opportunities to highlight their talents. And the public’s generosity will ensure that discounted tickets continue to be offered for seniors, military personnel and veterans, and healthcare workers and first responders. 

For more information, visit onny.org/donate or call 315-212-3440. Checks may be mailed to ONNY at PO Box 488, Potsdam, NY 13676. The Orchestra of Northern New York is a charitable nonprofit organization to which contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.