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Special Bridges Celebration Held at CCC

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Clinton Community College is pleased to announce a celebration called Bridges scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, 2010 and Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Sponsored by the CCC Humanities Department, CCC Cultural Affairs Committee, CCC Alumni Association and PSUNY Department of Music, the two-day event is an art, music, and historical celebration of bridges.

The Bridges celebration will begin with an opening reception in the CCC Alumni Art Gallery in Lobby I of the George Moore Academic & Administrative Building (main building) on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00 pm. The reception will feature professional photographer, Mark Kurtz (, and showcase artwork from Mr. Kurtz’s exhibit, Bridges I Have Crossed. This exhibit opened at the Adirondack Artist’s Guild in Saranac Lake in November, 2009. Mr. Kurtz is a founding member of the Guild and is widely recognized as one of the Adirondack region’s preeminent artists.

Following the reception, guests will be invited to join local legend, Gordie Little, in Lobby II of the George Moore Academic & Administrative Building at 7 pm. Mr. Little’s lecture will highlight "History of Bridges in the North Country" based on the premise "We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone." Mr. Little is a locally well-known, retired radio-personality, with a great love of the North Country and helping those in need. In his retirement, Mr. Little is a victims’ advocate, writes a weekly column for The Press Republican newspaper, hosts a weekly television show which is aired on the Plattsburgh cable access station, and is a valuable and knowledgeable volunteer for many events.

On Wednesday, April 7, the Bridges celebration will continue at 12 pm in the theatre of the Ronald B. Stafford Center for Arts, Science, and Technology, with a musical presentation by internationally acclaimed American composer, Joseph Bertolozzi ( In 2009, Mr. Bertolozzi released his CD "Bridge Music" (Delos). The music was composed for a suspension bridge and played on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge (The Mid-Hudson Bridge). The bridge was the only "instrument" used by Mr. Bertolozzi to create this music. Mr. Bertolozzi has an impressive musical background which includes studying domestically and abroad and playing an organ recital at the Vatican.

Mr. Bertolozzi’s website addresses the relationship between the bridge’s designer, Ralph Modjeski, a highly skilled pianist and pioneering engineer, and Mr. Bertolozzi’s bridge music. He feels Mr. Modjeski "would be intrigued to experience this boundary-shattering synthesis involving his beloved bridge and the music of our time." This is the essence of the Bridges celebration.

All events are free and open to the public.