Duo FAE – Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Two exciting young artists bursting onto the classical music scene, Duo FAE is violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen, who have visited Saranac several times during the past two years – they love it here and we love them! These amazing talented (as well as beautiful and glamorous) young women are nearing completion of their Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) at top institutions renowned for their music programs: Charlene at Indiana University; Katherine at McGill University. Duo FAE’s concert will be in traditional recital format, featuring three masterpieces central to the violin-piano literature: Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (F Major, op. 24, the “Spring”), Charles Ives (No. 2), and Gabriel Fauré (No. 1 in A Major, op. 13). www.duofae.com Open seating/suggested donation $12-15/under 12 free.
Ricochet Duo – Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Now for something a little different:-) Ricochet Duo is Jane Boxall on marimba and Rose Chancler on piano. This unlikely pairing of instruments by two dynamic artists creates an opportunity to explore an enchanting new sound-world and a tantalizing repertory. Ricochet Duo’s program “DANCES” offers traditional ragtimes by Harry Breuer and tangos by Astor Piazzolla, as well contemporary dance-inspired works by Marc Mellits, Lucas Guinot, William Bolcom, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Eloise Matthies Niwa, and Doug Opel. www.ricochetduo.com Open seating/suggested donation $12-15/under 12 free.
Red Hedgehog Trio – June 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the historic Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Boston-based musicians Marina Krickler (horn), Marji Gere (violin), and Dan Sedgwick (piano) have been performing together since 2010. They serve as core members of a nascent collective of classical musicians dedicated to finding and forging connections between education, community building, and performance. In a nod to Johannes Brahms’ seminal trio for horn, violin and piano, the group borrows its name from Brahms’ favorite Viennese coffee house, Zum Roten Igel (The Red Hedgehog). In a diverse and exciting program you will experience the jazzy, dusky world of John Harbison, intimate, lyrical Brahms, wonderfully ecstatic Bach, and Ligeti’s rhythmic wildness and extreme drama! The ensemble will offer Brahms’ Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100, Harbison’s Twilight Music for Horn, Violin and Piano, J.S. Bach’s Fugue from the C Major Sonata (violin solo), and Ligeti’s Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano. www.redhedgehogtrio.com Open seating/suggested donation $12-15/under 12 free.
Koehler & Kelly – 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 – 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.
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