September 27, 2012

Arts Express: Sept. 27, 2012


---- — Museum Day Live! set for Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — Two North Country museums are participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event on Saturday, Sept. 29. Visitors to the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown can dowload tickets for two on the Smithsonian website at The ticket provides free admission to one person, plus a guest. For more information about the Adirondack Museum, call 352-7311 or visit For the Adirondack History Center Museum, call 873-6466 or visit

NCCCA announces fall classes PLATTSBURGH — Fall courses offered at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will begin on Saturday, Sept. 29. The arts center provides high-quality arts education in the visual, performing and literary arts. Students have the opportunity to participate in one-time workshops, ongoing classes or private instruction. In the Clay Studio, courses include “Kid’s Clay,” a series of exploratory classes for youth ages 4 to 14, and “Mud and Merlot,” a clay class just for adults. On Saturdays, youth are invited to an “ArtQuest” program, based this fall around the study of sculpture. New offerings this season include a workshop to prepare for the National Novel Writing Month in November and a “Creative Movement and Improvisation” class. These courses are in addition to the regularly scheduled “Theater for Youth” programming, which also starts Saturday. For more information, including a complete list of offerings, registration information and scholarship availability, call 563-1604 or visit

NCCCA bike ride coming up PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ Adirondack Harvest “Vineyard to Orchard” bike ride is slated for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Beginning and ending at the Crete Center, 4 Beach Drive, the 23-mile scenic bike ride (not race) includes three stops along the way. No leg of the ride is longer than seven miles along flat terrain. The ride is for any and all adults with a bike. The registration fee is $50 and includes admission to the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival. For questions or to register, visit or call 563-1604.

Area teen completes program under Philadelphia Orchestra

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly Cantwell, a junior at Plattsburgh High School, recently completed a four-week residence orchestral studies program at Skidmore College.

During the program, students work one-on-one with professional musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra and have several performances in the Albany and Saratoga area under the orchestra’s direction. The program concluded with a performance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Selection into the program is very competitive. High-school students throughout New York state are considered by nomination from their high-school music instructor and after auditioning before the senior members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Cantwell, one of 115 students selected, was nominated after receiving a perfect score in her New York State School Music Association level VI percussion evaluation. She then auditioned for the percussion instruments and has favored the timpani while performing with the orchestra. The program is sponsored by the New York State Summer School of the Arts Program, the New York State School Music Association, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and the New York State Education Department.