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"Celebrate the Holidays," the Orchestra of Northern New York's ever-popular holiday concert.


Last updated 12/23/2018 at 2:25pm

The Orchestra of Northern New York

POTSDAM - Ring in the season with the sounds of a live, 55-piece orchestra at "Celebrate the Holidays," The Orchestra of Northern New York's ever-popular holiday concert. Three performances will take place: Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall; Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Massena High School's Auditorium; and Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, watertown.

The Massena concert benefits Massena Music Friends, a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting music in Massena schools. Special ticket prices for this concert only are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students in advance of the concert. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

On Friday, the All-Star Festival Chorus of select high school students from Massena, Canton, Potsdam and Madrid-Waddington High Schools will perform with the orchestra. Kimberly Busch, vocal music teacher at Canton Central, has coordinated The Gathering of students.

On Saturday, the Massena High School Mixed Chorus takes the stage along with ONNY musicians, under the direction of Christopher Lincoln. "We are grateful for the amazing opportunity to once again collaborate with The Orchestra of Northern New York for the "Celebrate the Holidays" concert series. It is truly an exciting opportunity for these high school students to sing behind an orchestra of such high caliber, and it will be an experience our young singers will not forget! " says Lincoln. " This year's program is strong and vibrant, from movie scores to traditional greats, and we look forward to a great show with Conductor Ken Andrews and the Orchestra of Northern New York!"

On Sunday, students from Thousand Island, Indian River, Belleville Henderson and Carthage High Schools will perform with ONNY. Kathryn Ingerson, vocal director at Thousand Island Central has coordinated this group of students.

"This is a profound event encouraging Camerata Singers to work with a real orchestra and with other select choirs," says Marvin Zehr, director at Carthage Central. "It is critical to inspire young people to contribute to the arts in their community, now and in the future. I am proud of all the singers," he added.

Tickets for the Potsdam and watertown concerts are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and military personnel, $10 for college students with I.D., and free for children, 17 and younger.

Orchestra of Northern New York

Parents/guardians of student singers receive a $5 discount for their tickets only. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 315-267-2277, visiting, or at the door.

ONNY is the only year-round professional symphony orchestra in the region. It is funded 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. The watertown concert is sponsored, in part, by the Northern New York Community Foundation.


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