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Vermont Cellist Elsa Hilger Turns 100

Friends and family have gathered in Colchester, VT to celebrate renowned cellist Elsa Hilger's 100th birthday. Hilger was the first woman, other than a harpist, to play in a major orchestra. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1935, and played recitals in Einstein's New Jersey home. Todd Moe talked with Elsa Hilger about her remarkable career three years ago, on her 97th birthday.  Go to full article

Music: Celia Evans

We celebrate spring, life and the outdoors with folksinger Celia Evans. She's passionate about her day job, as a professor at Paul Smith's College, and about songwriting.  Go to full article

A Festival of Hymns: The Writers Tell Their Stories by Hal Hopson, performed at Potsdam First Presbyterian Church

This unique service features significant hymn writers through the ages, from the fourth century through the twentieth century, telling their own stories in the first person. Following each short monologue is a hymn-anthem for choir, congregation, organ, brass, piano and handbells. This concert was given as a benefit for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Readings and hymns:
Traveling Pilgrim (Rev. Dr. D. Richard Will) Opening Prayer and Introduction
Bishop Ambrose (Petr Zuman) Of the Father's Love Begotten c. 400
Martin Luther (Ken Visser) A Mighty Fortress is our God, 1529
John Calvin (Stub Esty) Clap Your Hands! 1541 (Soloists: Cynthia Coleman and Richard Will)
Isaac Watts (Martin Walker) O God, Our Help in Ages Past 1719 (Soloists: Renata Hewitson and Claire Woodcock)
Charles Wesley (Steve Williams) O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing 1738
Catherine Winkworth (Debbie Shipp) Now Thank We All Our God 1858
Robert Lowry (Richard Hutchinson) Shall We Gather at the River (Soloist: Tammy Madeja)
Fanny Crosby (Linda Caamaño) Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine! 1873 (Soloist: Jim Whittet)
John Wesley Work (Jules Ngambo) Guide My Feet African-American Spiritual
Roberto Escamilla (Victor Caamaño) When We are Living (Pues Si Vivimos) 1983
Sidney Carter (Don Borsh) Lord of the Dance 1963 (Soloist Victor Caamaño)
Traveling Pilgrim (Rev. Dr. D. Richard Will) Blessing and Benediction

Performers:
Brass Quintet: Nick DeZillano, trumpet I; Greg Jerome, trumpet II; Nick Hartman, horn in F; Mark Hartman, trombone; Charles Guy, tuba
Handbells: Sue Theisen, Brenda Gravender, Ruth Kreuzer
Piano: Julie Miller
Organ: Laura Toland
Chimes: Adrienne Hartman, Cynthia Coleman
Tambourine: Eleanor Hopke
Conductors: Kickie Britt, Tammy Madeja, Laura Toland
And:
other members of the choir of Potsdam First Presbyterian Church along with enthusiastic voices from the pews

This performance from the UpNorth Concert Hall was recorded live at the First Presbyterian Church, Potsdam NY, April 18, 2004. It may not be used for any commercial purpose, nor may any fee be charged to access or listen to this material.  Go to full article

Reap What You Sow and Spring Song by Celia Evans

We celebrate spring, life and the outdoors with folksinger Celia Evans. She's passionate about her day job, as a professor at Paul Smith's College, and about songwriting....  Go to full article

Preview: Organ Recitals in Plattsburgh

Three organists will be featured in a series of recitals this month in Plattsburgh. The International Organ Festival kicks off Friday night at 7 at the First United...  Go to full article
Dan Berggren       (Ralph Rosenthal Photo)

Adk Folk Song Included in New Textbook

A folk song by Adirondack balladeer Dan Berggren will be included in a new Social Studies primer for fourth graders in New York. Here's to You, which is a musical...  Go to full article

Preview: A Festival of Hymns in Potsdam

Coming up Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, the First Presbyterian Church of Potsdam hosts a special concert featuring the music of significant hymn writers through the ages--from...  Go to full article

Vermont Music Venue to Close

One of Vermont's best music venues is closing its doors this month. The Higher Ground Concert Hall in Winooski, just outside Burlington, has featured nationally and...  Go to full article
<i>Uragsha</i> performs Tuesday night at 7 in Lake Placid

Preview: Traditional Music of Eastern Siberia

Some of the best Mongolian and Buryat musicians and singers of northern Asia are in the Adirondacks this week. Their visit is part of a series of international exchanges...  Go to full article

Crane Students Take Passion for Music to NYC

Todd Moe talks with two student music teachers from SUNY Potsdam who will teach this fall in New York City. A goal of the program is to examine why young teachers often...  Go to full article

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