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The Norwood Village Green Concert Series

 


The NORWOOD VILLAGE GREEN Concert Series, a not-for-profit founded to impact our home communities via spirit up-lifting public outdoor performances, has programmed its 2017 season, the 44th annual season of the venerable Northern New York tradition. With a rich history of presenting 746 concerts to an audience in excess of 612,182, the series is noted for its diverse and eclectic performances. It has presented performers from every continent, and has included 17 Grammy award winners, 14 Juno award recipients, 2 National arts recipients, 2 National Heritage Award winners, 2 MacArthur Genius Award recipients, and many other award winners in varied genres.

In the current season it will present a 2017 Grammy Award winner, Mark O’Connor. This is O’Connor’s 3rd Grammy. It will also present the foremost female blues performer of this generation, Shemekia Copeland. Ms. Copeland has received every major blues award in the past 6 years and two Grammy nominations. The Garifuna Culture of Coastal Honduras will be represented by its spokesperson Aurelio Martinez. One of contemporary dance’s leading exponents, John Heginbotham will perform selections from his repertoire. A recipient of 2 Jerome Robbins Foundation and Jacob’s Pillow awards he will be joined by members of his company and a live music accompaniment. The Vermont based Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band will compliment appearances by the local group Waydown Wailers. The All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel will welcome guest trumpet artist Nick Marchione. Roots music will be represented by Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem performing “American Spiritual”. Dave Ruch and The Canal Street String Band, and the local band Wells and the Gathering will round out the roots artists. The Lou Coppola/Ray Matuza duo and the local group Microburst in a double bill, will represent the singer/songwriter genre.

Other local groups scheduled for performance are Northern Symphonic Winds, The Northern Lights Orchestra, the Taffeta Girls, and Norwood’s own Brass Firemen. The series will begin with a traditional festival, The St. Lawrence County Music Educators Pop Choral/Stage Band Festival with 11 participating groups.

The width and breadth of these performances continues to expand, as the creative process is valued in the programming. Most of the music, dance, storytelling, and other arts genres the series presents are creations of the featured performers. The series will feature more than 145 local musicians, either performing their own materials or accompanying some of the touring artists, in addition to the 40 touring performers.

The Series is supported in part by the New York State Council on the arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Public moneys from the Town of Potsdam and the Village of Norwood also support it. Its primary support is from many organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals. The acoustic concerts are supported by The Sweetgrass Foundation which is also serving as an underwriter for the performance of Mark O’Connor.

The series continues to take solicit much needed donations by check. Checks can be mailed to: NORWOOD VILLAGE GREEN Concert Series, 3 Bicknell Street, Norwood, NY 13668. All contributions are tax deductible. NORWOOD VILLAGE GREEN Concert Series are free but there is a “pass the bucket”. Donations are encouraged and needed as the foundation to all of our other support.

Here is the full 2016 schedule:

All weekday concerts are at 7 pm and all Sunday concerts are at 6 pm except where noted.

Thursday, June 1 3:00 – 9 pm The St. Lawrence County Music Educators Annual Pop Choral/ Stage Band Festival

Thursday, June 8 7 pm Dave Ruch and The Canal Street String Band

Thursday, June 15 7 pm Wells and The Gathering

Sunday, June 18 6 pm Aurelio

Thursday, June 22 7 pm Northern Symphonic Winds

Sunday, June 25 6 pm Dance Heginbotham

Thursday, June 29 7 pm The All Star Big Band under the direction of Wally Siebel with guest artist Nick Marchione, trumpet.

Sunday, July 2 6 pm The Lou Coppola/Ray Martuza Duo and Microburst with Andy Van Duyne and Michael Welsh

Sunday, July 9 6 pm The Taffeta Girls with Carina Gilchrist, Laura Fitzsimmons Gilbert and Meahgan Janovsky

Sunday, July 16 6 pm Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band performing from their 2017 Grammy award winning recording “Coming Home”

Thursday, July 20 7 pm Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem performing “American Spiritual”

Sunday, July 23 6 pm Waydown Wailers

Thursday, July 2 7 pm Norwood’s own The Brass Firemen

Thursday, July 30 6 pm Northern Lights Orchestra

Thursday, August 3 7 pm Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band

Sunday, August 6 6 pm Shemekia Copleland

For further information about the series in general and the performers in particular consult the series website: nvgcs.org or call 315-353-2437 or 315-261-2866

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