POTSDAM - Music professor and teachers from around the region will play together tonight to help raise money for Canton-Potsdam Hospitals Urgent Care Center.
The teachers are joined by selected students from the Crane School of Music and will be kicking off Northern Symphonic Winds 15th season of playing music with a purpose.
Their first show of the season is titled American Scenes and features music from seven American composers, including William Schumans Chester, William Billings adaptation of America by Charles Ives, Frank Tichelis Shenandoah, Donald Granthams Southern Harmony, Leonard Bernsteins Candide Overture, and Aaron Copelands Music From the Red Pony.
Jill Rubio plays flute in the band and is a member of its board of directors.
Its an exciting program, she said, adding she had a hard time picking a favorite piece.
Particularly I love Southern Harmony, she said. The woodwind parts were very fun. Theyre challenging and the brass parts are great.
Another of the pieces, she described as hilarious. I think the Copeland is hilarious, she said. It really has a comical side to it. Yo have to play it right or it sounds really wrong.
But with a band made of up the regions best musicians and music professionals playing songs right arent a problem for the Northern Symphonic Winds.
Its really a lot of fun to play, especially when you have a great band like we do, she said.
Tonights performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall on the campus of SUNY Potsdams Crane School of Music.
Tickets are $10 each or $5 for senior citizens and students. Advance sale tickets are available at Northern Music & Video. They will also be for sale at the door.