BOONVILLE – With summer in full swing, it’s time for the Boonville Concert Band to return to the lower pavilion in Erwin Park. The band will perform on Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on and enjoy the music. The event is free, although donations are accepted and appreciated. All profits will go to the continuation of the group.
While many of the orchestra members are accomplished musicians from Boonville, some members come from as far away as Oneida, Sauquoit and Watertown to participate in the group. Martin Ischia, former conductor of Adirondack Central High School, is still the conductor this season. Ischia, a well-known local musician, has been associated with the group for over 40 years. The group is co-managed by Ryan O’Neil, the current high school group principal in Adirondack, and Heather Nunneker, the high school vocal director in Adirondack. Sound is provided by Mitch Maryhugh, retired Adirondack Pool and Audiovisual Manager.
The artists featured this week are Dr Jon Magendanz and Tim Watson.
Magendanz, who will play “You Raise me Up” on violin, began playing at the age of four teaching violin with his father, first assistant violin of the Utica Symphony Orchestra. His subsequent instructors included Louis Krasner at Syracuse University, Bela Urban at Hart’s School of Music, and Elaine Ritchie at Yale University. His past affiliations include Principal Violin of the Utica Symphony, Principal Violin and Assistant Conductor of the Anna Maria Island Concert Orchestra, Chamber Music Instructor for the New York String Teachers Summer Music Camp at SUNY Fredonia, president and director of the Holland Patent School string program, former member of the Venice (FL) Symphony and regular member of the Boonville Concert Band.
He has performed as a soloist locally, nationally and internationally, employing his talents currently in Florida and the Adirondack Mountain region.
Watson will perform the “Music of the Night” from the musical “The Phantom of the Opera”. Watson, who retired from the Oneida Town School District after 33 years of teaching, plays the trumpet professionally for weddings and church services and with the 9-piece Soul Injection group.
He also performs with the Boonville Concert Band and the Cazenovia Community Band.
He spends winters in Jekyll Island, Georgia, where he performs with the Jekyll Island Big Band, Coastal Brass Choir and Golden Isles Community Band.
For the next performance, the group will offer a varied program with remarkable marches, folk melodies and arrangements of musicals, including:
“Kentucky 1800”, Clare Grundman’s delightful setting of early American folk tunes;
âPatton,â arranged by Ralph Ford, brings out the original theme of popular film music and remains a favorite for years after the film’s release;
the classic Queen aria, arranged by Paul Murtha;
âStrengths of Beauty and the Beast; “
Beatles music will also be presented with a medley including “Day Tripper”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Ticket to Ride” and “Hey Jude”, among others. .
The band is sponsored by the village and town of Boonville, as well as the Community Bank. In addition, the group has received financial support from some individual donors.
After the performance on Friday August 13, the next concert in this series will take place on Friday August 20, also at 7 p.m.