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Concerts coming to Ticonderoga

Fort Ti, St. Mary’s, Knights of Columbus to host shows

Ticonderoga will host three major musical performances in coming days. The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, above, and the Ticonderoga Community Band have all scheduled concerts in the community.

Ticonderoga will host three major musical performances in coming days. The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, above, and the Ticonderoga Community Band have all scheduled concerts in the community.

— Ticonderoga will host three major musical performances in coming days.

The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and the Ticonderoga Community Band have all scheduled concerts in the community.

Fort Ticonderoga will host the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Ticonderoga residents with an Ambassador Pass, Friends of Ticonderoga and people age 18 and younger will be admitted free of charge. Tickets for others will be $10 each.

St. Mary’s Church will host the Lake Placid Sinfonietta Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. The performance will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.

The Knights of Columbus will welcome the Ticonderoga Community Band, directed by Jeris French, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. The show will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. The concert is free, although donations will be accepted.

The Adirondack Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2003 under the musical direction of Matthew Pray, a music teacher at Moriah Central School. The group showcases the traditional big band sound of five trumpets, four trombones, and five saxophones with a tuba and guitar.

Members of the group consists of high school music educators, college professors and college students.

“One of the special and surprising things about working this group is the fantastic musicians that I get to work with,” Pray said. “We have a core group of 18 music educators and local professional musicians.

“The great thing is being able to involve a very large number of musicians in our area,” Pray said. “The band has always been welcoming to newcomers and provides a fun, low stress environment for everyone to share their love in performing. We have a very diverse group ranging from great section players to strong improvisors. Every single person in this group offers something different that makes the AJO what it is today.”

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