On Thursday , July 4, 2013, at 8:00 pm in Watertown’s historic, Olmsted designed Thompson Park, the Orchestra of Northern New York will present “American Pops”, a down-home celebration of great American music. The concert will feature recent North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame inductee, Gretchen Koehler. Ms. Koehler will be joined by her sister Rebecca Koehler on fiddle, brother-in-law Brandt Kronholm on guitar, and son Sylvain Foisy step dancing and fiddling. The Orchestra will repeat this event on July 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at Helen M. Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam.

Music Director and Conductor, Kenneth Andrews, has collaborated with Ms. Koehler to put together an exciting program highlighting some of the greatest American fiddling classics including the Traditional “Devil’s Dream” with fiddle arrangements by Gretchen Koehler.   In addition to celebrating American fiddling, patriotic favorites will include “O’Canada”, “Star Spangled Banner”, and the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky as well as the “Armed Forces Salute”, Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down from Rodeo”, Jay Ungar’s “Wizzard’s Walk”, and the “Liberty Bell March” conducted by Noel de la Motte, winner of the 2013 Guest Maestro Raffle. The July 4 concert in Thompson Park, Watertown is presented by the North Country Arts Council will include fireworks and military Howitzers for the “1812 Overture”. This performance is free to the public.   The annual pre-concert will begin at 6 p. m. and will feature the 198th Army Reserve Band’s seven (7) piece rock and roll group. They will be followed at 6:40 p. m. by the new coed, acappella group “Acappedia.”   For the first time this event has been designated a “deaf and hard of hearing” friendly event and will be interpreted. The event, now over twenty years old, is a true “public-private” partnership between the City of Watertown and sponsoring citizens, businesses and organizations.   The Orchestra of Northern New York, now in its twenty-fifth season, was founded by Music Director/Conductor Kenneth Andrews. The Orchestra’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the North Country through live performances of orchestral music performed by superb musicians in professional settings. It is the only professional symphony from Burlington to Syracuse to Ottawa to Montreal.   The Orchestra consists of some sixty professional musicians from New York, New England, Canada, and a few highly talented students, by audition, from the Crane School of Music. The orchestra’s web site, www.ONNY.org is the place to go to learn more about the professional musicians who produce this fabulous music and to discover information about upcoming concerts and events.