POTSDAM - Get your tickets to the grand event that is A Symphony of Dinosaurs presented at 7 p.m. March 8 by the Orchestra of Northern New York in Helen M. Hosmer Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus.
Join the orchestra as they explore an exhibit of real dinosaur artifacts and majestic music that will bring you back to pre-historic times. Grandparents:Make this an evening out with your grandchildren and receive 15 percent off your entire ticket order (transaction fees do not apply).
Beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Hosmer Hall, Dr. Lisa Amati of the Geology Department at SUNY Potsdam and members of the Geology Club will share an interactive display of real dinosaur fossils and other historic fossils.
The display will also include replicas of a T. Rex skull, the brow horns of a Triceratops, and a Stegosaurus back-plate. Dr. Amati and the Geology Club will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and let you feel real Dinosaur fossils.
In honor of the majesty of the Olympic Games, Maestro Andrews has chosen to kick of this night of greatness with the classic and familiar Olympic Anthem, Buglers Dream, written by Leo Arnaud.
Made most famous by American television studios covering the Olympic Games beginning in 1968, this fanfare has become a major symbol of the Olympics for American audiences.
Following the Opening Ceremony, you will be treated to the first movement of one of Johann Baptist Georg Nerudas most notable works, Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major.
This piece for trumpet and orchestra will feature this years winner of the eighth annual James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Instrumental Competition, Sabrina Johnson of Colton.
Ms. Johnson, a senior at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, began playing trumpet in the fourth grade and has performed in several All-County and All-State concerts.
Currently, Ms. Johnson studies privately with James Madeja (ONNY and the Crane School of Music) and she hopes to begin as a student of the Crane School of Music in the fall.
The first half of the evening will conclude with Bruce Adolphes Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto, a moving musical portrait of the life of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Sue - who walked the earth 67 million years ago. With narration by Todd Moe of North Country Public Radio, theye invite you to travel back in time - to before there were movies or email, before zippers or umbrellas, before books, mummies and hieroglyphics, before the first lullaby was sung to a baby, before there were humans, before India crashed into Asia creating the Himalayan mountains, before the Atlantic Ocean existed, to a time when Africa and South America were one continent... travel to the Cretaceous Period - when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
The second half of the evening will begin with the majestic and memorable score from John Williams with gave the classic film, Jurassic Park, a bigger-than-life aura that brings all the drama, emotion and imagination to the forefront.
Highlights from Jurassic Park, often called John Williams masterpiece, was constructed with such intelligence, with so much thought, yet still manages to connect on the most fundamental level with the listener.
The Capriccio Italien, Op. 45, is a fantasy for orchestra composed between January and May 1880 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The Capriccio was inspired by a trip Tchaikovsky took to Rome, during which he saw the Carnival in full swing, and is reminiscent of Italian folk music and street songs. As these elements are treated rather freely initially he intended this piece to be called Italian Fantasia. Tchaikovsky even uses as the introduction a bugle call that he overheard from his hotel played by Italian cavalry regiment.
Finally, dont miss the kick off of the Orchestras annual Season Raffle, which includes two gift certificate packages from businesses in Potsdam and Canton, a Music Lovers Suite of season tickets to the 2014-2015 Community Performance and Orchestra seasons, the fan favorite Maestro For A Night (have you ever wanted to conduct an orchestra?), and the amazing Five Course Gourmet Dinner for four at your home to be prepared by chef Wally Siebel and served by guest waiter Maestro Kenneth Andrews. An unforgettable and magical evening. Bravo Chef and Maestro! (Roland & Deborah, 2013 Winners).
Tickets for the Raffle can be purchased prior to and during intermission at each concert. All proceeds benefit the on-going mission of the Orchestra of Northern New York.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 315-267-2277 or online at www.ONNY.org. Tickets may also be purchased in Potsdam at the CPS Box Office in the new Performing Arts Center at SUNY Potsdam. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students 13+, and fre for children 12 and under.
For more information about the Orchestra of Northern New York please go to www.onny.org.