Little Falls will join forces with Albany Symphony and 6 other communities along the Erie Canal to celebrate the Canal’s 200th birthday. Winning over $400,000 in state funding, the Symphony will commission seven composers to create original musical pieces to showcase each community and its relationship to the Canal.
During the week of July 2-8, 2017, the Symphony will travel the distance of the Canal (Albany to Buffalo), performing open-air concerts, and featuring each community’s original composition. Little Falls will be the host city on Wednesday, July 5th, as the barge makes its way to Rotary Park. Little Falls will provide a “Street Festival” atmosphere with various events, performances, crafts, spoken and visual art, and food vendors. The concert will cap off the day around 8pm, likely followed by a fireworks show. The next day the barge will continue along its way westward to Syracuse, culminating the week in Lockport, having visited all 7 cities on its journey.
Little Falls hopes to feature a 100-voice adult chorus to sing with the Albany Symphony, along with a Young People’s Choir. Regional area vocalists and musicians are encouraged to join rehearsals for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform original music with the Albany Symphony. Watch the MVCA website and FaceBook page for upcoming dates and details.
We are also looking to area community groups and organizations to sponsor events, present artistic presentations, and to join in the festivities. We need to make this the “Mohawk Valley’s Event.” We welcome creative ideas and motivated groups to showcase our area’s rich history, cultural traditions and treasures.
Call MVCA with questions or ideas, (315) 823-0808.
*photo credits: David Taylor (left); Michael Potter (right)
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