Adirondack A&E e-News # 302


Interweaves Sonorities of East and West

Sunday, November 12, 3 pm

New York-based intercultural ensemble INTERWOVEN (HERE) celebrates and integrates traditional Asian music and Western classical music through performing, commissioning, and recording contemporary works. Exploring time-honored soundscapes of Asia and Europe, the ensemble weaves together musical and artistic threads from diverse origins and traditions and intertwines unique Asian perspectives and aesthetics to create holistic, innovative works and music experiences that encourage inclusion and harmony between various American communities.

Founder and GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Keiko Tokunaga brings together seasoned musicians who have been heard in major halls, such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, and their equivalents throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Their instruments include koto, erhu, saenghwang, piri, and shamisen, as well as violin, viola, cello, and voice.

INTERWOVEN performs Sunday, November 12 at 3 pm at the Saranac Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. The program includes iconic folk songs and historic compositions from Asia as well as contemporary works that interlace the sounds of East and West. Works include Thomas Osborne’s “Tumbling from the Ninth Height of Heaven” for koto, violin, and cello; Theodore Wiprud’s “Mudang” for piri and string quartet; Yang Yong’s “River Songs” for erhu and cello; Liu Tianhua and Chen Yaoxin’s “Wildlife Suite” for erhu, violin, viola, and cello; Daron Hagen’s “Genji” for koto and string quartet. Admission range $5-$20. More info HERE.

The Golden Opportunity Fund

The non-profit music organization We are Instrumental is launching The Golden Opportunity Fund—a fund that gives our students a chance to be able to hear the knock of opportunities’ door and be able to answer.

The idea began when trailblazing Ticonderoga Junior, Audrey Cook was accepted to the Honors Performance Series in NYC and London. Audrey will play with talented peers from across the US in the famous Carnegie Hall in February and Royal Festival Hall in London in July. WAI’s target is $8000 to help send Audrey to showcase her talents on the world stage—a first for any student in the entire region. Audrey was recently accepted to the New York State Student Music Asccciation’s (NYSSMA) All-State Concert Band, beating out thousands of kids by scoring a 99 on her level-6 audition piece.

Audrey gets a horn.

This is the first time that a Ticonderoga student has made All-State and WAI is sponsoring her trip. Audrey was selected and advanced in the process of auditioning for NPR’s From the Top and we are waiting to hear if she was accepted.

As We Are Instrumental provides greater access to music in the North Country, more and more students are seeking opportunities and these opportunities need to be barrier free.

Read more about The Golden Opportunity Fund HERE.

Keene Fire Department Auxiliary Presents

Presented by Friends of TOJ Parks

Silent Raptors

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 11 am – 12 pm

Free, All Ages Welcome.

Get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure into the realm of magnificent birds of prey! Join us as we explore their fascinating behavior, natural habitats, and jaw-dropping hunting skills with the Silent Wings Raptor Rehab & Education Program from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY.

Thanks to the generosity of Stewart’s Shops. This program is brought to you by the Friends of Johnsburg Parks.

Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main Street, North Creek

Book Signing with Lorraine Duvall

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 1 – 3 pm
The Bookstore Plus is pleased to host author, Lorraine Duvall to autograph copies of her newest book Where the Styles Brook Waters Flow: The Place I Call Home.

Where the Styles Brook Waters Flow: The Place I Call Home is Lorraine Duvall’s personal story about a place she calls home, the valley of Styles Brook. There is something for everyone in this new addition to Adirondack Lore from memoir, to history, to environmental activism.

Lorraine Duvall is an award-winning author and activist who weaves history and memoir when she writes of protecting the environment while living fully in the place she loves, the Adirondack Mountains.

She writes of her formative years as a feminist while honoring those who fought the good fight. Her books include And I Know Too Much to Pretend, In Praise of Quiet Waters, Finding a Woman’s Place, and her most recent, Where the Styles Brook Waters Flow: The Place I Call Home. Visit HERE to learn more.

The Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main Street, Lake Placid


Taking arts and healing ideas from the North Country to the world

NCPR’s Todd Moe profiles Naj Wikoff in this wonderful interview.

Todd says, “A longtime artist and writer in the Adirondacks has been chosen to work on an international initiative that uses the arts in health care and public health. Keene Valley’s Naj Wikoff was recently tapped to be a Fulbright Specialist for the next few years in their Global Health Program.

You can listen to the full interview HERE.

Naj Wikoff has worked the Connecting Youth and Community of Lake Placid/Wilmington and local schools engaging kids in creating murals such as this recent one for the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service.

SLC Arts Offers Class

Photographing Your Artwork

Monday, November 13, 2 – 4 pm

In this hands-on workshop, Jennifer McCluskey, owner of McCluskey Photography LLC, will teach participants to photograph their work using both natural light and lighting equipment. The class will specifically focus on how artists can use the camera and editing capabilities on their smartphones to simplify their product photography and workflow for using these images on their social media feeds and websites. No fancy camera needed! Artists will come away from this class with knowledge to be able to photograph their work at home, and to know at what point a professional photographer can be best utilized.

Cost: $10. Advanced registration is required. Please visit HERE to register. Then check your email for a link to a short questionnaire that will tell us a bit more about your needs. Please bring your smartphone and artwork to be photographed.

Questions? Email or call 315.265.6860. This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

Potsdam Town Hall Community Room, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam

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