Ticonderoga will host three major musical performances in coming days. The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, above, and the Ticonderoga Community Band have all scheduled concerts in the community.
Ticonderoga will host three major musical performances in coming days.
The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and the Ticonderoga Community Band have all scheduled concerts in the community.
Fort Ticonderoga will host the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Ticonderoga residents with an Ambassador Pass, Friends of Ticonderoga and people age 18 and younger will be admitted free of charge. Tickets for others will be $10 each.
St. Mary’s Church will host the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. The performance will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.
The Knights of Columbus will welcome the Ticonderoga Community Band, directed by Jeris French, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. The show will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.
The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2003 under the musical direction of Matthew Pray, a music teacher at Moriah Central School. The group showcases the traditional big band sound of five trumpets, four trombones, and five saxophones with a tuba and guitar.
Members of the group consists of high school music educators, college professors and college students.
“One of the special and surprising things about working this group is the fantastic musicians that I get to work with,” Pray said. “We have a core group of 18 music educators and local professional musicians.
“The great thing is being able to involve a very large number of musicians in our area,” Pray said. “The band has always been welcoming to newcomers and provides a fun, low stress environment for everyone to share their love in performing. We have a very diverse group ranging from great section players to strong improvisors. Every single person in this group offers something different that makes the AJO what it is today.”
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is the oldest orchestra in the Adirondacks.
“The sinfonietta is the longest standing orchestra in the Adirondacks, approaching 100 years,” said Justin Woods, alliance CEO. “It contains 20 superb musicians performing under Music Director Ron Spigelman. This promises to be an enchanting musical evening in a fabulous acoustical setting as the alliance and its partners continue to engage the public in various cultural arts initiatives.”
Cathie Burdick, executive director of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, said her group is looking forward to collaborating with the Ti Revitalization Alliance.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta traces its roots to 1917 when an 11-member Boston symphony ensemble began performing at the Lake Placid Club. In 1939 the Boston artists discontinued their Adirondack performances, but Dr. Paul White, then associate conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastman School Symphony, created the Lake Placid Club Sinfonietta with 10 Rochester Philharmonic musicians and ensemble pianist Carl Lamson.
The group was forced to sit out 1945 because of World War II, but re-organized in 1946 and has been performing since.
This summer the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform a series of concerts at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and will offer free outdoor community concerts each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Paul White Memorial Shell in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid.
The group will also take to the road, performing in several Adirondack communities — including Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Community Band features local musicians, ranging from students to senior citizens, under the direction of French, music teacher at Crown Point Central School. The band practices once a week throughout the summer in preparation for its annual community concert.