Lunar New Year Concert Comes to PPL

The moon has played the muse in many forms of art and in every culture, and on February 10, Potsdam Public Library will play host to a concert celebrating the moon in one of its major roles, the Lunar New Year.

At 1PM, Saturday, Feb. 10, The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, will start the year of the Dragon, and Crane School of Music Visiting Assistant Professor Tim Yip, who organized the concert, said community members attending the performance can anticipate a culturally enriching experience, bending traditional and contemporary New Year music.

“[I]ncluding a contemporary piece by Professor Ziyu Wang from SUNYPotsdam inspired by a mythical monkey, and musical selections from Asian cinema by Joe Hisaishi,” Mr. Yip said. “The event aims to celebrate Asian cultures, foster cultural appreciation, and provide a unique musical and literary experience in honor of the Lunar New Year.”

Crane School of Music Visiting Assistant Professor Tim Yip

The Year of the Dragon, more specifically, the Wood Dragon, runs from February 10th, 2024 through January 28th, 2025.

The Lunar New Year is the beginning of the new year based on the lunar calendar or lunisolar calendar. The lunar calendars follows the lunar phase while lunisolar calendars follow both the lunar phase and the time of the solar year. 

February 10th’s concert will consist of an ensemble made up of students from the Crane School of Music, some of whom are also members of the Orchestra of Northern New York, as well as professional musicians and faculty members Tim Yip, Risa Okina, and Ziyu Wang.

There also will be a literacy component, led by Potsdam Public Library’s Family Literacy Specialist, Maria Morrison, who will read several children’s books that celebrate the Lunar New Year. Free children’s books on the Lunar New Year will also be available to bring home.

This is a free family event, suitable for all ages.

New Orleans North Brought Sunshine and a Crowd to PPL

Well, it was another marvelous PPL Concert featuring New Orleans North. The eight-piece jazz ensemble broke out all the old-school southern jazz classics and we had a marvelous audience! As I tell so many audiences prior to out musical and theatrical events, the building that houses PPL used to be a theatre (Johnny Cash and Dave Brubeck among the performers to take the stage . . . ask me about the Johnny Cash story if and when you see me), so it feels so right to have music and theatre here again.

Here is another instance where you needed to be there to really appreciate the acoustics of the space, but I did the best I could to capture it on video.

Here are a few clips from theMay 8, New Orleans North set.

New Orleans North is: Chris Paige, trombone; Judy Van Kennen, piano; Jennifer Myers, tenor saxophone; Kyle Flint, trumpet; Tom Baker, banjo; Don Gruneisen, drums; Terry Dubray, bass; Bob Platte, clarinet.