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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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The Guidonian Hand’s Musical Odyssey

The Guidonian Hand trombone quartet was with us for a week-long retreat in early February. Their project was to record music they had commissioned and/or premiered over the past several years. Three intense long days saw them “lay down” all … Continue reading

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Master Violist Offers Fine and Rare Musical Experience

The superb violist Patricia McCarty found an excellent partner in pianist Cary Lewis for a duo recital at the historic Methodist Church in Saranac on November 16.  Such accomplished and inspired playing – both individual and ensemble – is not an … Continue reading

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Balalaika Magic in Little Siberia

Did you know that our  neighborhood is called Little Siberia by the locals?  Yep, we’ve got “Russia Hill” by High Falls on Route 3 and the “Siberian Rod & Gun Club on Dannemora Mountain! Russian Duo offered one of their signature … Continue reading

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