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Ending on a High Note Ending on a High Note

The celebration of Niagara County’s Bicentennial comes to an official conclusion on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM with a free public concert at Niagara County Community College. The doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. The Niagara County Bicentennial Commission is pleased to announce the concert, “Ending on a High Note,” featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor Maestro Paul Ferington.

The world renowned Buffalo Philharmonic will be playing a musical salute to Niagara County and its diversity through a selection of songs that have close ties to the Niagara Frontier. In addition to the symphony orchestra, “Ending on a High Note” concert goers will be greeted upon entering the NCCC Fine Arts Auditorium by the sights and sounds of a bygone era, presented by the costumed Old Fort Niagara Regimental Field Music fyfe and drums.

Maestro Ferington searched many different sources to create a concert with all of the selections having a tie to Niagara County’s past. Included in the performance will be the famous 1st Movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, which was composed in 1808, the same year Niagara County was established. Also featured will be selections from Tchaikovsky’s, “Nutcracker,” a ballet which the composer finished while inspired by a visit to Niagara Falls. Other works similarly influenced by the grandeur of Niagara include selections by Antonin Dvořák and Peter Doyle’s, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” The orchestra will play John Philip Sousa’s, “Invincible Eagle March,” inspired by Sousa’s 1901 visit to the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo. During his visit, Sousa arranged a train to carry his band to Lockport so they could see the Flight of Five locks on the Erie Canal. Another musical highlight will be the performance of Ferde Grofé’s, “Power of Niagara.” Grofé, composer of the famous, “Grand Canyon Suite,” was commissioned to compose this selection for the 1961 opening celebration of the Niagara Power Project. Grofé himself was the guest conductor for the BPO who premiered this selection at Niagara University.

Maestro Ferington is no stranger to Niagara County. He is Professor Emeritus for Niagara County Community College and resides in the Town of Somerset. He has 24 years of experience as the guest conductor for the BPO, conducting over 300 concerts throughout several states. In addition to his role as guest conductor, Maestro Ferington continues to serve on the organization’s board of trustees as well as trustee with the Philharmonic Chorus. He has supervised several highly successful programs such as BPOvation and SYMphony 101-104, an Adult Education Music Appreciation lecture series.

“Ending on a High Note” will be performed on Tuesday, March 10th in Building F, NCCC Fine Arts Auditorium, with festivities beginning at 6:00 PM. The doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. Parking is provided in Lot 1 at the college. There is no charge for admission and concert organizers hope that everyone will make plans to attend.

For more information contact
Wendy Roberson, Deputy Niagara County Clerk
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