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The Hills Were Alive With the Sounds of…….Balkan Music!

Sean McCutcheon & Co., aka Balkanville, ventured south from Montreal while their friend and coach Max Fass came north from NYC. The Balkanvillains converged in Saranac for a five-day sojourn during which they spiced up and polished their repertoire of … Continue reading

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Rebel’s Baroque Music Played with Panache

The core four-members of Rebel, the exemplary baroque music ensemble named after the French composer Jean-Féry Rebel, gave a sparkling performance at the Methodist Church, those members being Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins; John Moran, cello; and Dongsok … Continue reading

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Tim Collins Vibrant Vibes

Tim Collins USA Jazz Quartet performed three shows at the Saranac Fire Hall February 12-14, each to a capacity crowd that appreciated a great groove and responded with warmth on a frigid weekend.  Tim’s originals fleshed out the first half and … Continue reading

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Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

We had a terrific turnout for the Concert of Piano Quartets by Patricia McCarty and Friends. We had been a little concerned because it is a challenge to market a no-name ensemble, even when the players are as pedigreed as these. … Continue reading

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Soovin Kim and Johannes Quartet Delight and Thrill

No surprise that the church was chockablock packed for the Johannes Quartet’s concert Sunday October 25 – over 250 in the audience, with overflow onstage seating “Lincoln Center-style” – in the choir!  The community came out en masse to hear … Continue reading

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Emerald Trio a Sparkling Gem of Many Facets

New York City-based musicians of the Emerald Trio work in New York’s vibrant music-theater scene, appearing in the orchestras of the hottest shows on- and off-Broadway.  The Emeralds are Karen Bogardus, flutes; Orlando Wells, violin and viola; and Matt Castle, … Continue reading

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Gretchen Koehler’s Bold Approach to Traditional Fiddling

Gretchen Koehler is an elegant fiddler — her classical violin training shines through, yet her style is totally idiomatic. She performed in several distinct fiddling styles: New England, Bluegrass, Québec, Cape Breton, to name a few. She explained and demonstrated the … Continue reading

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Red Hedgehog Trio On a Commission Mission

The Red Hedgehog Trio concluded their two-week retreat with a delightful concert that featured works for solo keyboard and violin-piano duo, as well as for the rather unusual instrumental combination of horn-violin-piano trio.  J.S. Bach’s exquisite Partita No. 1 in … Continue reading

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Ricochet Duo Bounces in New Directions

Ricochet Duo – Jane Boxall on marimba and Rose Chancler on piano – delighted the crowd with their program DANCES (May 3, 2015).  The unconventional instrumental pairing by two dynamic artists creates an enchanting new sound-world with a tantalizing repertory.  DANCES … Continue reading

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Duo FAE Poised for Flight

Duo FAE performed to an ample crowd on Sunday, March 22, thanks to some wonderful publicity and cooperative weather.  Violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen offered three significant works considered masterpieces of the violin-piano repertory:  Beethoven “Spring” Sonata, F … Continue reading

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