tickets on sale
AUSABLE CHASM — Tickets for the Freedom Festival of Music, planned for 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Ausable Chasm Pavilion, are now on sale at several area locations.
The festival benefits the North Star Underground Railroad Museum and features Roy Hurd, Lita Kelley and Joan Crane, Towne Meeting, the Lake Champlain Gospel Choir and Charlie Stone & Split Rock.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children under 12 and may be purchased in advance from Bob’s Music, 32 Plattsburgh Plaza, Plattsburgh; Cornerstone Bookstore, 110 Margaret St., Plattsburgh; North Star Underground Railroad Museum, 1131 Mace Chasm Road, Ausable Chasm.
Montreal Opera series
PLATTSBURGH — The Department of Music at Plattsburgh State invites the public to participate in the Montreal Opera Culture Coach program.
The Culture Coach subscription package includes five Saturday night performances (operas by Verdi, Wagner, Johann Strauss, Heggie, Massenet) and transportation by charter bus, which leaves from the Myers Fine Arts Building at the college. Subscribers can select seating anywhere in the theater, enjoying the opera series at whatever vantage point is preferable at the price they wish to pay (ranging from $216 to $576 for the season). There is an additional season coach fee of $200. The first trip is Sept. 22.
“The Department of Music is proud to be at the heart of the cultural life in the Northern New York region,” Jo Ellen Miano, Plattsburgh State music faculty member and administrator of the opera outreach program, said in a news release. “We cherish our Culture Coach program and look forward to sustaining it. I look forward to welcoming new members to the program, now entering its ninth year. Many new friendships have developed among our family that travels together to see each season of operas.”
Call Miano at 561-6591 for the opera schedule and registration details.
Free music, art
workshops in Malone
MALONE — Music and art workshops are being offered at noon and 2 p.m. every Thursday at Community Connections, 7 Pearl St.
Transportation is provided at 11:30 a.m. for free. A light lunch is served, but reservations are required.
Call 521-3507 for more information.
raku pottery class
PLATTSBURGH — The Jackie Sabourin Clay Studio at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will host a three-day workshop featuring the unique Japanese pottery process known as raku.
Sessions are from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 31; 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2; and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
Cost is $100 for NCCCA members or $110 for non-members, with a materials fee of $10.
Jenn Shutts, an experienced Clay Studio instructor, will walk students through creating hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces in the first two sessions. On day three, students will glaze their pottery and participate in an outdoor raku pottery firing on the lawn of the arts center.
For a complete schedule of pottery classes, visit the arts center’s website at: www.plattsburgharts.org. For registration information, call the center at 563-1604.