PLATTSBURGH North Country music lovers will have a chance to enjoy an unexpected fall concert when the Adirondack Wind Ensemble performs Sunday, Sept. 30. The performance, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., will be held at the auditorium of Plattsburgh High School, 1 Clifford Dr.
Normally, the concert band plays only once a year under its founder and director Dan Gordon. This year, thanks to the availability of conductor Daniel Geldert, the ensemble will present an extra fall concert.
Mr. Geldert is a retired music director from Minnesota who spent 35 years as the instrumental music director at Minnetonka Senior High School, near Minneapolis. He moved to this area three years ago. I feel very privileged to take over the podium for this concert with such an excellent group of musicians," Mr. Geldert commented regarding the upcoming concert.
The Adirondack Wind Ensemble consists of 40 wind and percussion players, most of whom are music teachers in area schools. The Sunday afternoon program is expected to have something for everyones enjoyment. It will include such pieces as Henry Fillmores The Klaxon March, Robert Russell Bennetts Suite of Old American Dances, Stephen Sondheims Send in the Clowns and Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.
Even though Dan Geldert lives in Peru, he hasnt stopped conducting in Minnesota. For two five-week sessions each year he commutes weekly for rehearsals and a concluding concert with the Minnetonka Concert Band, a group he started two years before moving east. They are an adult community band much like the Adirondack Wind Ensemble.
"I enjoy them so much, I can't give them up," Geldert said. I am in one of those five-week sessions at the present time. I board a plane in Burlington each Wednesday morning and fly to Minneapolis where I have a Wednesday evening rehearsal. Thursday morning I am back on a plane and am home in Peru that evening. The concert in Plattsburgh and the one in Minnesota will be just three days apart. Crazy . . . probably, but conducting is my passion and I thrive on it.
The cost for admission to the Sept. 30 performance will be $10 for adults. All students will be admitted free.