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Posted: November 24, 2015

POTSDAM - The Orchestra of Northern New York, the region's only professional symphony orchestra, invites the public to come "Home for the Holidays," when it presents its popular holiday concerts December 11 - 13.

Celebrate this joyful season with a wonderful collection of new and old holiday favorites, including O Holy Night, Ave Maria, Greensleeves, White Christmas, The Night before Christmas, and more.

North Country Public Radio personality and renowned guitarist Barb Heller will narrate "The Night Before Christmas," the classic Clement Moore poem with an arrangement by Philip Lane. Best known for her role as on-air host for North Country Public Radio in Canton, Heller has been on the air since 1989 in the North Country, and a host for Folk, an online music service, since 2005.  She’s also a guitarist/songwriter with five albums to her credit, and has taught hundreds of teens and adults how to play finger-style guitar.

Soprano Colleen Skull, newcomer to the Crane School of Music Artist Faculty this year, will be the featured soloist performing "O Holy Night" and Schubert's "Ave Maria." A Visiting Professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music, Skull completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts, specializing in voice performance at the University of Toronto. She has won many awards and prizes including the Metropolitan Opera District Competition, a Chalmers Award and a Professional Artist Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 11 at Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12 at First Presbyterian Church, Watertown, the latter sponsored by Watertown Savings Bank. Tickets are $22 adults, $18 for seniors (62+) and military, and $5 for students, 6-17. They can be obtained by calling 267-2277 or visiting

The final performance on Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. benefits Massena Music Friends, a booster club supporting musical endeavors in the Massena School District. Tickets are $15 adults, and $12 for seniors and students. They are available at Season's Specialty Gifts, 27 West Orvis, 764-7671 or Phil and Jackie's, 69 Main St., 764-7844.          

Posted: November 16, 2015

The Orchestra of Northern New York has launched a new fundraiser for the 2015-2016 Season—a 50/50 Raffle. The first winner, Esther McKnight of Parishville, took home $82 following the gala season opening concert on October 24th. She said she was going to buy herself a new pocketbook! The raffle will take place at all Potsdam concerts throughout the season except the Baroque concert taking place in St. Mary's Church, Potsdam.

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Posted: September 28, 2015

POTSDAM - Offering discounts to military personnel has earned The Orchestra of Northern New York the designation of Yellow Ribbon Event.

Operation Yellow Ribbon is a volunteer-based committee, with representatives from many areas that soldiers support and from community organizations. Its charge is to promote visible signs of support for soldiers and their families and serve to promote area events that honor our military and provide discounts to service members and their families.

The Orchestra of Northern New York offers tickets to military personnel at $18 - a $4 discount off regular adult tickets.

At its summer pops concert each year, the Orchestra takes time to publicly recognize and thank audience members from each branch of the armed services.  A color guard opens the pops concert in Potsdam, this year with representatives of Canton VFW Post #1231 participating.

The Orchestra will open its 28th Season on Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam with "Russian Passion." The concert features Sibelius' stirring masterpiece that celebrates freedom, strength and heroism. David Heuser's electrifying work is taken from the poem, "Music," dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovich and written by Soviet poet, Anna Akhmatova. The second half of the concert is the breathtaking and majestic Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

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

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Posted: September 27, 2015

We're very excited to announce our 2015-2016 season!

"Kenneth B. Andrews has traded in his conductor’s baton for a magician’s wand for the 28th season of the Orchestra of Northern New York. The theme of the six-concert 2015-16 season is 'Celebrating the Magic of Live Music.'"

Read more from the Watertown Daily Times here.

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Posted: August 31, 2015

Music Director Kenneth Andrews conducts the Orchestra of Northern New York during July's Summer Pops concert in Thompson Park, Watertown.  Photo credit: Justin Sorensen

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Posted: August 4, 2015

Dear Patrons,

Welcome to The Orchestra of Northern New York’s 28th Season — The Magic of LIVE Music!

Join us for a wide array of soul-stirring orchestral works, from the great classics to lighter, familiar and celebrated pops. We have something for everyone that will satisfy the wide variety of our listeners’ eclectic tastes. Enjoy great music performed by brilliant soloists and inspired professional musicians from Northern New York and beyond!

I look forward to seeing you at our concerts in the coming year.

Kenneth Andrews, Music Director 

Posted: June 29, 2015

Chip Lamson will be guest conducting the orchestra this week for John Philip Sousa's Semper Fidelis March. Join us on Wednesday at 7 PM in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam and Thursday at 8 PM in Thompson Park, Watertown.

Guy (Chip) Lamson is a music educator with thirty years of high school experience in the Massena Central School District.  During his tenure, he taught courses and classes in voice, music theory, composition, music history and literature, guitar, class piano, and music theater, as well as directing mixed choir, women’s chorus and three vocal ensembles.  He also directed and conducted both fall and spring musical productions annually.  Additionally, he coached both basketball and track. For ten years he was a music director and conductor for Music Theatre North, a regional summer stock theater located in SUNY Potsdam’s Snell Hall. He has served in the New York State School Music Association as sectional festival general chair, choral chair, accompanist, and conductor.  Lamson has been a NYSSMA Conference All-State clinician, and a session accompanist for Alfred, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Theodore Presser and other publishers.  He has served as both conductor or accompanist for numerous high school jazz festivals in New York.  He is a past president of the St. Lawrence County Music Educator’s Association, and has served the SLCMEA All-County Festival as general chair, choral chair, accompanist and conductor.  Since retiring from Massena, he has worked at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music as an adjunct professor, teaching functional piano to instrumental music majors, and assisting Carol (Kickie) Britt in both fall and summer course offerings in vocal jazz. For the past two fall semesters, Lamson has directed the Crane Men’s Ensemble. In addition, he serves as a piano accompanist for several dozen Crane instrumental and voice majors.  Lamson performs regularly as a keyboard player and vocalist in several blues and rock bands.  He has recorded seven CDs, most recently in November of 2014.

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Posted: June 19, 2015

POTSDAM - The Orchestra of Northern New York invites the public to bring a veteran to its summer pops concert on Wednesday, July 1 when it presents a musical tribute commemorating the end of the Civil War and World War II.

Last year, several veterans in the audience were recognized for their service to our country. Local businesses and individuals treated veterans to a concert ticket giving them the opportunity to be thanked publicly.

Tickets for active duty military personnel and veterans are discounted at $18 - a savings of $4 off adult tickets. To purchase tickets, call 267-2277.

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Posted: June 19, 2015

POTSDAM -  A musical tribute commemorating the end of the Civil War and World War II, along with selections from popular movie soundtracks, will be featured when the Orchestra of Northern New York presents its popular Summer Pops Concert on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

The program begins with American Salute followed by the Battle Hymn of the Republic and Armed Forces Salute. Guest conductor Guy C. "Chip" Lamson will lead the 55-piece orchestra in John Philip Sousa's rousing Semper Fidelis March. The first half of the concert ends with selections from the Band of Brothers.

After intermission, ONNY goes to the movies with selections from Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Fellowship of the Ring, Titanic, Frozen, and Jurassic Park.

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture concludes the concert.

Tickets are $22 adults, $18 for seniors (62+) and military personnel, and $5 for students, ages 6-17. Children five and younger are free. Call 267-2277 to purchase tickets.

During intermission, drawings will be held for the four prizes in the 2014-2015 Season Raffle.  Prizes include a two night stay at the Siam Classic Inn & Spa, a loaf of bread a week for three months from the Co-op's Carriage House Bakery, a gourmet dinner for four prepared by chef Wally Siebel and served by Maestro Kenneth Andrews, and gift certificates for a massage, manicure, and local dress shop.

For more information about the raffle, contact the ONNY business office at 267-3251 or

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Posted: April 21, 2015

POTSDAM - Beethoven's ever-popular Symphony No. 4 will be featured in the spring concert by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26 in the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown.

Described as "a slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants," (referring to his Symphonies 3 and 5), Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major, Op. 60 will anchor the program. In general the symphony is sunny and cheerful, with light instrumentation in a manner that recalls the symphonies of Joseph Haydn, with whom Beethoven had studied a decade before. The Fourth Symphony  contains many aspects that show his growing strength as a composer.

Also to be performed are the brilliant Dances of Galanta by the magnificent Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodaly, and the magical Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart.

Founding music director Kenneth Andrews will conduct the 52-piece orchestra. The maestro also will host a pre-concert conversation featuring members of the orchestra 45 minutes before each of the concerts.

The orchestra's mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northern New York through live performances of orchestral music by outstanding musicians and to emphasize the engagement of area youth in the appreciation of music.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, and free for children, 17 and younger. For tickets, call 315-267-2277 or visit

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