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 www.onny.org.