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Witmer taking stage for her Potsdam High School concert finale


POTSDAM - Potsdam High School’s Band, Choirs, and Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

String Ensemble, directed by Jill Savage, will play an arrangement of Singin’ in the Rain, followed by The Rainbow Connection. The Orchestra, also directed by Mrs. Savage, will perform the traditional Hebrew melody Hatikvah, arranged by John Leavitt, and Ocean Storm “La Tempesta di Mare,” written by Antonio Vivaldi and arranged by Tom Fritz. They’ll finish with excerpts from Basses Loaded by Carrie Lane Gruselle.

Treble Choir, the all-female ensemble directed by Tammara Madeja, will sing 4 songs: Now is the Month of Maying by Thomas Morley, Mouse Madrigal by Steven Porter, Irish Love Song by Margaret Lang and conducted by student teacher Lauren Scharf, and I am the River by Amy Bernon.

The Concert Choir, also led by Mrs. Madeja will also sing four songs, beginning with At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by Williametta Spencer. Frank Ticheli’s Earth Song will be directed by Lauren Scharf. Two arrangements conclude the vocal portion of the program, starting with James Erb’s adaptation of the beautiful folk tune Shenendoah and ending with the rousing spiritual Plenty Good Room, arranged by Rene Clausen. The choirs are accompanied by Geri McGrath.

The Band, directed by Theresa Witmer, will begin the final segment of the program with Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo, a classic of the wind band literature. Celtic melodies and drumming are featured in Samuel Hazo’s S˛las AnÚ, which is Gaelic for “Yesterday’s Joy.” To close the program on Ms. Witmer’s final formal PCS concert, the Band will perform John Philip Sousa’s march, The Stars and Stripes Forever.

A reception will follow the concert. The public is enthusiastically invited to share in the music of Potsdam’s students and is also invited to the reception. Admission to the concert is free.

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