Community Performance Series in Potsdam invites you to dust off your old photographs (yes, those things that existed before digital cameras!) and reminisce about the good ol’ days for their Musical Memory Photo Contest.
The contest is being held in conjunction with the April 21 CPS taping of National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” to be held at the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. The show will feature five exceptional young musicians and will be aired nationally the week of May 21 and on North Country Public Radio on Sunday, May 27.
Community Performance Series invites people of all ages to celebrate musical experiences from their youth in the Musical Memory Photo Contest.
Community members are invited to visit the CPS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cpspotsdam, and submit their favorite musical photo from their childhood (from the ages of 8 to 18). Contestants can also submit a three-sentence description of their photo. Once submitted, the public can vote on their favorite photograph.
The person with the most votes at the end of the contest will receive two tickets to the “From the Top” performance and the opportunity to display their photograph at the concert. The runner-up will receive a $25 gift certificate to a CPS performance, and the chance to display their photograph at the concert as well.
The contest begins Monday, March 19 at 9 a.m. and will run through Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/cpspotsdam for a complete list of rules and regulations.
Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, each one-hour broadcast of “From the Top” presents five high-caliber performances along with interviews, sketches and games, revealing the heart and soul behind extraordinary young musicians. Now in its twelfth year on air, “From the Top" is taped before live audiences in concert halls from Boston to Honolulu.
Broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, “From the Top” has been described by the Boston Globe as “an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games; the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.”
Annually, the “From the Top” live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top, a Boston-based non-profit, offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.4 million in support for pre-college students since 2005.
The Community Performance Series presentation of “From the Top” has been sponsored in part by the Northern New York Community Foundation and North Country Public Radio, with series underwriting by SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Media sponsors include WWNY Channel 7 News/Fox 28 and the Daily Courier-Observer.
The 2011-12 “From the Top” National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.
Tickets for the Potsdam performance start at $28 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and SUNY Potsdam faculty and staff, and $14 for students. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased via telephone at (315) 267-2277 or online at www.cpspotsdam.org.
Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom, and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.
For more information about CPS’s special events, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.
To learn more about “From the Top,” visit www.fromthetop.org.
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.