Music appreciation club bringing joyful sounds to Northern Tier

ROUSES POINT - In an era of iPods and other MP3 music players, compact discs seem to have fallen by the wayside. However, one group aims for people to dust of their CDs and bring them by the Dodge Memorial Library.

Local composer and pianist Adrian Carr recently received a New York State Decentralization Grant to promote music throughout the Northern Tier. Aside from various concerts he is planning, including a fundraiser for the Chazy Public Library, Carr has recently begun a music appreciation club at Dodge Memorial Library.

"It's kind of just building awareness of music in the North Country," Carr explained. "That's my goal. It's just to bring music to people."

The club first began in January when eight people participated by bringing in their favorite CD.

"He would play [the CD] and he would explain to them the different parts of it," said library interim director Colleen A. Pelletier. "That was giving these people that were attending the club a whole new way of looking at their favorite music, which got them to enjoy it even that much more."

Although the first month's meeting involved people bringing in their favorite CD, every month will be based on a different theme. For February, attendees brought in their favorite film music, which made them see movies in a different way.

"I guess I just didn't get all the nuances of the music in the movies," said Joanne Haring of Rouses Point. "You're just following a story [and] you lose track of that. I think I'm going to be looking at movies in a different way."

The club's next meeting - which will be held Tuesday, March 31 - will have the group discuss their favorite classical music, which Carr said is really whatever someone considers "classical."

"I love taking into consideration the ideas of the group," Carr said. "I could talk about a variety of topics. But, I love talking about ideas that the group, that people have - questions they have. I like making it relative, so people can enjoy it more, get more out of it."

Carr added the group is not a lecture, but instead a sharing group.

"When you get people's reactions and ideas flowing you learn to appreciate it maybe in a new way," he said.

Club meetings will be held at the library, 144 Lake St., the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. However, Carr will take some time off after the April meeting and continue the club in September.

"Anybody can come," said Pelletier. "It's not a true club in that sense. It's just a group meeting and it's open to everybody."

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