Crown Point Suite to be performed

CROWN POINT - The Champlain Valley String Orchestra, under direction of Laurel Rule, will perform Crown Point Suite Saturday, Sept 19, on the main stage at the Lake Champlain quadricentennial event at the Crown Point State Historic Site.

The performance will start at 7 p.m.

The group consists of 15 local string students, adult string players and teachers from six towns in Essex and Clinton counties.

Crown Point Suite is an original composition for string orchestra by Westport resident and cellist Laurel Rule.

The suite has three movements representing the three countries that claimed the fort in Crown Point ( France, Great Britain, and America). Laurel wanted to capture the essence and history of the fort in music by using tunes popular in the colonies and southern Quebec in the years from 1750-1800, intertwined with original music and harmonization.

The composition debuted last month at the Crown Point Lighthouse where it caught the attention of Lake Champlain Quadricentennial chairwoman Celine Paquette, who asked the event organizers to include the performance in the main event. Governor Paterson is expect

The string orchestra will follow the Marine band performance and will segue into the fireworks show.

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