Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly – Traditional Folk Duo with a Contemporary Twist – Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Gretchen Koehler, a New York State Fiddlers Hall of Famer, is joined by NYC-based jazz pianist Daniel Kelly. Their music revolves around the Irish traditions, touching on a variety of styles, including Québec, Old Time and Southern, including reels, jigs, hornpipes, and aires – tunes that are beautiful and lyrical, also driving, funky, always foot tapping. gretchenkoehlermusic.com Open seating/suggested donation $12-15/under 12 free.
Emerald Trio – Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. New York City-based musicians Karen Bogardus (flutes), Orlando Wells (violin & viola), James Matthew Castle (piano) work in New York’s vibrant music-theater scene, appearing in the orchestras of the hottest shows on and off Broadway. Emerald will perform a program of new works written especially for them by NYC composers: Carolyn Steinberg, Matt Castle, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, and Davide Zannoni. Annual free concert/open seating.
Johannes Quartet – Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. It is very exciting to have this superb string quartet back in our community again! The members are Soovin Kim and Jessica Lee, violins; C.J. Chang, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello, each having significant musical achievements beyond their involvement in the quartet. The program will open with Homunculus, a 15-minute work written expressly for them by Finnish composer-conductor Esa Pekka Salonen. Also featured will be Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 and Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67. Arnold Steinhardt, first violinist of the legendary Guarneri String Quartet, remarked: “The Johannes String Quartet, comprising four impressively gifted instrumentalists in their own right, have come together to form one of the great chamber music groups of our time. They play with technical polish, with deep musical understanding, and with uncommon inspiration. The Johannes is all I could ever dream of in a string quartet.”
Delmoni, McCarty & Friends – Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Our own favorite Adirondack violist Patricia McCarty has lured her dear friend, the renowned violinist Arturo Delmoni, concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, plus others TBA, for an exciting program of piano quartets. Stay tuned!
WINTER JAZZ WEEKEND with Tim Collins (vibes) Ray Vega (trumpet), Rick Davies (trombone), John Rivers (bass) and Gabe Jarrett (drums) – Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm ALL SHOWS at the SARANAC FIRE HALL on Route 3.
June 28, 2015 – Red Hedgehog Trio – Boston musicians Marina Krickler, horn; Marjorie Gere, violin; and Daniel Sedgwick, piano performed works for solo keyboard (Bach) and violin-piano duo (Brahms), as well as for horn-violin-piano trio (Harbison). They premiered their new commission “10 x 10″ – a huge hit!
May 3, 2015 – Ricochet Duo – Jane Boxall on marimba and Rose Chancler on piano performed “DANCES,” a delightful array of short dance-inspired works, including ragtime, tango, and more.
March 22, 2015 – Duo FAE – Violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen performed a traditional recital featuring three sonatas by Beethoven, Faure, and Ives. Nourishment for the soul.
February 8, 2015 – The Guidonian Hand – Four virtuoso trombones juxtaposed art music of the past (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Debussy) with contemporary works of living composers (Galen Brown, Jeremy Howard Beck, Conrad Winslow). Totally wonderful!
November 16, 2014 – Patricia McCarty and Cary Lewis – Two superb artists at the top of their game offered a deeply satisfying and memorable viola-piano duo recital featuring works Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and the contemporary American composer David Avshalomov.
October 12, 2014 – Russian Duo – Balalaika artist Oleg Kruglyakov and pianist Terry Boyarsky guided a rapt audience on a fascinating journey across the span of Russian culture with folk music, lyrical romances, rhythmic dances, classical music favorites, gypsy melodies, and popular songs.
August 24, 2014 – The Allant Trio astounded a full house at the Methodist Church with elegant, energetic virtuosity. This was our now-annual free concert and about 140 attended. They gave a perfectly paced performance of Hadyn’s Trio No. 39 in G Major (Gypsy), Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49.
July 11 and 13, 2014 – The Rocky Hill Ramblers gave two delightful shows at the Saranac Fire Hall. The three-member band of fiddle, guitar, bass, with sophisticated vocal harmonies performed 60s and 70s folk, rock, jazz, and blues, along with some ancient traditional tunes plus originals. Sweet memories and smiles!
June 22, 2014 – The Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo performed music for one piano, two-, four-, and six-hands on our nine-foot Steinway at the Methodist Church. Approximately half of the program featured works by South African composer Braam van Eeden, including two solo sonatas and the premiere of Allegory, dedicated to Hill and Hollow Music. Van Eeden was present to receive a standing ovation after each (three SOs!). Also performed were Twelve Pieces, op.66, of Anton Arensky and Six Morceaux, op. 11, of Sergei Rachmaninoff. As an encore, van Eeden joined Lavrova and Primakov at the keyboard to play Rachmaninoff’s charming Valse for six hands!
May 24-25, 2014 – The Bonfiglio Trio gave two performances of Harmonica America – Classical to Blues featuring the towering harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, with Joe Deninzon on violin and mandolin and Steve Benson on guitar. Saturday evening at the Saranac Fire Hall got “down and dirty” with hot jazz and blues, while Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church included some of the above along with some sweet Stephen Foster and more “Americana.”
April 13, 2014 – George Cordes & Company delivered a fascinating opera-inspired program, presented in association with the High Peaks Opera Company. Bass-baritone George Cordes was partnered by pianist Elizabeth Cordes, cellist Jonathan Tortolano, and pianist & reader William Tortolano. The concert offered a satisfying selection of arias from oratorio, opera, and musical theater, plus purely instrumental works and poetry.
November 23, 2013 – Russian Duo lived up to their reputation as an ensemble of “explosive talent” (Hartford Advocate). Siberian balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov and Russian-Jewish American pianist Terry Boyarsky guided the audience on a fascinating journey across the span of Russian culture through the ages with an astonishing variety of music that included folk, romances, dances, classical favorites, gypsy, and Russian popular songs. A particular highlight was their singing!
October 6, 2013 – Pianist Martin Söderberg performed “A Musical Journey Through Spain” to a spellbound audience. His enthralling concert displayed consummate virtuosity as well as refinement and poignantly expressive sensitivity. The colorful all-Spanish program featuring works of Soler, Albéniz, Granados, Mompou, Infante, and De Falla, was further enhanced by his informal and elegant commentary.
August 25, 2013 – Prima Trio (violin/viola, clarinet, and piano) – performed a free community concert at the conclusion of their week-long retreat in which they prepared for their upcoming tour: Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, Bartok’s Contrasts and Glick’s Klezmer’s Wedding.
July 7, 2013 – Kaganovsky Duo – Artur Kaganovsky (violin/viola) and Eszter Szilveszter (viola) performed works by Leclair, Pleyel, Handel-Halvorsen, and Moretti, as well as the official public premiere of Saranac Sketches by Peter Kelsh in a free concert at the Saranac United Methodist “Church in the Hollow.”
June 15, 2013 – Sonic Escape – Shawn Wyckoff (flute) and Maria Millar (violin) – scroll down to House Concerts…..
June 1-2, 2013 – Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE), under the direction of Andrew Benware, and The Four Winds recorder consort collaborated on a program of renaissance music. “Madrigals, Motets, and Merriment!” was performed at St. Peter’s Church (Plattsburgh) and St. Bernard’s Church (Saranac Lake). For more info about the semi-professional chamber choir, go to menu bar above and click on the page for Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE).
March 16, 2013: Jeremiah McLane and Annemieke Spoelstra, accordion-piano duo, performed from their CD “DANSE”- traditional folk with characteristic dance rhythms of Europe and South America by Dvorák, Bartók, Poulenc, Ravel, Hovhaness, and Piazzolla at the Saranac United Methodist “Church in the Hollow.”
December 21-23, 2012: The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) performed a Festival of Lessons & Carols at Notre Dame Church (Malone), St. Peter’s Church (Plattsburgh), and St. Agnes Church (Lake Placid).
November 9-10, 2012: The Johannes Quartet, featuring Soovin Kim, performed Brahms first and third string quartets in two free concerts at Lake Forest Senior Living Community (Plattsburgh) and the “Church in the Hollow” (Saranac).
July 8, 2012: Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, conducted by Ron Spigelman, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. An all-Mozart program, including Confutatis and Lacrymosa from the Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus.
June 29, 2012: Jonathan Aceto, viola with Susan Johnson Aceto, piano at the Saranac Methodist Church. Featured work was a transcription of J. S. Bach’s 3rd Suite for Cello in D Major plus selected movements from Schubert’s Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, Hovhaness’s Chahagir, and Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell.
June 15-16, 2012: Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE). The select 18-voice mixed chamber choir performed at St. Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake (NY) and St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh (NY). Program featured Duruflé’s Four Motets on Gregorian Themes, op. 10 and Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs.
December 17-18, 2011: Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble – Festival of Lessons & Carols at St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh, NY and St. Agnes’ Church, Lake Placid, NY
RECENT HOUSE CONCERTS
March 21, 2014 – Pianist Katherine Petersen performed an intimate house concert at Weatherwatch Farm: an immense program consisting of Valses Nobles et Sentementales of Ravel, five Préludes, Op. 32 and Op. 23 of Rachmaninoff, Ballades, Op. 10 of Brahms, and Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations) of Robert Muczinski. This was a “trial run” of her doctoral solo program, which was then performed the following week for the music faculty and public at McGill University in Montreal. We heard that all went beautifully and we are so proud of her!
August 4, 2013 – Duo FAE – Charlene Kluegel (violin) and Katherine Petersen (piano), performed selected movements from sonatas of Janacek, Franck, and Brahms as part of preparing for upcoming concerts and competitions.
June 15, 2013 – Sonic Escape – Shawn Wyckoff (flute) and Maria Millar (violin) performed a rich blend of classical, folk, and world music in “Around the World,” an intimate journey across borders, worlds, and time. The program featured their own brilliant arrangements of Japanese Folk Tune Medley, Scandinavian Folk Suite and Bach in Ireland plus works by Telemann and Dvorak .
October 20, 2012 – Diana Golden, cello: an informal performance and lecture on J. S. Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor (BWV 1011).
August 30, 2012: Alchemy Winds (flutist Tia Roper and oboist Megan Marolf) with guest artist Karen Becker, piano, performed works by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Ulysses Kay, Mozart, Madeleine Dring, and Gary Schocker.
August 1, 2012: Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo performed Mozart’s Sonata for Four Hands in D Major, K. 381; Schubert’s Allegro in A minor, D. 947 “Lebenssturme,” Schubert’s Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940, and John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances for piano four-hands (1972).
February 24, 2012: Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo: Natalia Lavrova and Vassily Primakov. Works performed: Czerny’s Grand Sonata in F Minor and Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof).
November 5, 2011: Folklassics Duo: Jeremiah McLane, accordion; Annemieke Spoelstra, piano
October 13, 2011: Alash Ensemble: Tuvan throat singers & multi-instrumentalists
August 21, 2011: Adirondack Brass – en plein air concert & garden party
August 5, 2011: Elegua Duo: Ginevra Ventre, cello; Claire Black, piano
July 23, 2011: Lissa Schneckenburger, fiddle; Bethany Waickman, guitar
July 8, 2011: Sarah Whitney, violin; Natalia Lavrova, piano
June 9, 2011: Jacqueline Schwab, piano
May 28, 2011: Russian Duo: Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika; Terry Boyarsky, piano
April 17, 2011: Forte Duo – premiere of commissioned work, Saranac Sketches
December 11, 2010: Forte Duo: Artur Kaganovskiy, violin; Eszter Szilveszter, viola
October 30, 2010: Jack Woulfe, jazz piano
September 16, 2010: Susan Aceto, piano