Orchestra Of NNY Entertains At Thompson Park

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Fireworks and an orchestra were part of the festivities at the annual Fourth of July celebration at Thompson Park in Watertown.

The north country's Orchestra of Northern New York joined the celebration this year. A symphony orchestra from Syracuse had played the event for years.

Tom Young made the trip from Potsdam just to see the north country group.

"This concert is one where they play largely patriotic tunes or tunes that are evocotave of the history of the United States," Young said.

"I think tonight's concert will be just a great example of what they can do."

The orchestra has been around for 25 years, but it's the first time it has performed at Thompson Park for the Fourth of July. 

"We are looking to find an orchestra to be sort of our home orchestra," said Mike Miller, one of the celebration's organizers.

"The quality of this organization is stupendous," Miller said.

"It's our first time for the Fourth of July event," said guest violinist Gretchen Koehler.

"It's just thrilling to be bringing music to this amount of people all at once," she said. "It's just great."

"We really love coming to Watertown to play," conductor Kenneth Andrews said. "It's just a wonderful audience and such wonderful people and it's a very inviting town."

Orchestra members say they were thrilled to end their summer concert series at the park in front of thousands of people.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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