JOURNEY WEST: A Musical Migration – (world music)
TWO CONCERT DATES: Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm at the Methodist Church on Route 3 in Saranac. Five multi-instrumental artists perform WORLD MUSIC on violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute, mandolin, guitar, oud, bass, accordion, and all manner of percussion. Members come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and speak music languages of classical, jazz, Latin, bluegrass, Celtic, Indian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and folk music of many traditions. Journey West’s program chronicles the migration of melody and changing instrumentation from the Middle East, through Eastern and Western Europe, and finally arriving in the United States. The program touches on factors involved in carrying melodies to distant land: wars, imperialism, nomadic dispersions, mass emigrations due to political oppression, and musical crazes that sweep the globe. Journey West’s goal is to foster unity and understanding between different cultures, including Jewish, Roma, European, American, and the Middle East. Suggested donation $15 general; $12 students-seniors; children under 12 attend free.
Friday, September 15, 2017 – Olympus Piano Trio – violinist Regi Papa, cellist Ben Capps, and pianist Konstantine Valianatos had a retreat to prepare a rather hefty program for upcoming concerts and competitions – trios of Brahms (No. 1 in B Major, op. 8), Ravel (A Minor), and Greek-Canadian contemporary composer Christos Hatzis (Odd World) – which they tried out in the living room at Weatherwatch Farm. We had a great turnout because folks remembered how superb the trio was last year – and again several audience members pronounced it the best concert they have ever heard! There is indeed something extra-special about experiencing live music in such close proximity to the artists.
Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Passepartout Duo – Nicoletta Favari, piano, and Christopher Salvito, vibraphone, were in residence to rehearse a new commission by Molly Joyce and to record videos of it and other works in their contemporary repertoire, which were subsequently posted on YouTube. At the conclusion of their residency they gave a live audio-visual performance with additional percussion, some electronics, and lights, besides piano and vibraphone. Works included the premiere of Molly Joyce’s Less is More, works by George Aperghis and Andy Akiho, and an animated film short by Mayke Nas with music composed by Salvito. Our audience found the challenging program quite a stretch, but Favari and Salvito won them over with their competence, precision, passion, enthusiasm, humor, and charisma.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 – the Davydov-Fanning Duo – Cellist Dieuwke Davydov and pianist Diana Fanning, both Affiliate Artists at Middlebury College, performed their 40th Anniversary Concert before taking it on tour in Europe. The meaty and moving program featured Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, op. 5, Hindemith Fantasiestück, Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, op. 38 and Camille Saint-Saëns Allegro Appassionato, op. 43; plus Chopin “Berceuse” and two Debussy études for solo piano.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – Lilac 94 – The contemporary harp duo performed a program devoted entirely to the music of Carlos Salzedo, very likely the greatest harpist of the 20th century and possibly the greatest-ever composer for the harp. Before performing Salzedo’s ground-breaking (and challenging) work Pentacle, they gave an illuminating lecture-demonstration of the extended techniques he developed and applied copiously therein. Other lighter works Lilac 94 performed were “Chanson dans la nuit” and “Tango” and “Rumba” from Salzedo’s Suite of Eight Dances. An audience of 90+ responded enthusiastically to the Q & A and, of course, the music!
Sunday, November 20, 2016 – The Delmoni-McCarty-Thomas String Trio performed mature Mozart (Divertimento in E-flat Major, K563), early Beethoven (Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3), and youthful Ernst von Dohnanyi (Serenade in C Major, Op. 10). The players’ warm friendship plus their deep respect and love for the music animated and illuminated the exquisite program of monumental masterpieces.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Gloria Chien, piano – A superb solo recital featured Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, several of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, a Chopin Nocturne and Barcarolle, Liszt’s Venezia e Napoli, and a Scriabin Nocturne for left hand. About 120 attended the feast of favorites from Romantic and Impressionist periods.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Diderot String Quartet – Performing on period instruments, Johanna Novom and Adriane Post, violins; Kyle Miller, viola; and Paul Dwyer, cello offered Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K387, “Spring” and Burgmüller’s String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, op. 4. Elegance, passion, sensitivity, exuberance, daring and precision all came together. Annual free concert was attended by 100+
Sunday, August 21, 2016 – Olympus Piano Trio – violinist Regi Papa, cellist Ben Capps, and pianist Konstantine Valianatos performed trios of Rachmaninoff (No. 1 in G Minor “Élégiaque), Brahms (No. 2 in C major, op. 87), and Tchaikovsky (A Minor, op. 50). A rich, substantial program richly delivered. The Tchaikovsky moved one to tears, Several audience members pronounced it the best concert they have ever heard!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Balkanville – Balkan music by Montreal ensemble featuring Richard Simas, clarinet; Sean McCutcheon, accordion and winds; Cathy Inouye, tuba; Becky Lazarovic, tapan, and special guest Max Fass, accordion. House concert at Weatherwatch Farm with an informal concert on the deck followed by dancing on the lawn. Al fresco drinks and dinner, too, on a perfect summer evening overlooking the Adirondacks.
April 3, 2016 – Rebel Ensemble for Baroque Music – Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins; John Moran, cello; Donsok Shin, harpsichord performed Barocco: Musical Treasures of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Our audience flipped over the energy and style these artists brought to the music, not to mention sheer virtuosity. We won the lottery on this one!
February 12-14, 2016 – Tim Collins USA Jazz Quartet – The North Country’s home-grown luminary Tim Collins on vibes traveled from his now-home in Germany for three exciting shows at the Saranac Fire Hall “Jazz Club.” Special guest star was New York City jazz piano phenom Ayako Shirasaki and rhythm by Vermont jazz notables John Rivers on bass and Gabe Jarrett on drums. This was the real deal. Wish we could hear great jazz like this around here more often!
November 22, 2015 – Concert of Piano Quartets – Superb violist and Adirondack resident Patricia McCarty was joined by three renowned colleagues: Jung Lin, piano; Arturo Delmoni, violin; and Ronald Thomas, cello. Their thrilling and deeply satisfying program included Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E flat, K. 493; Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26. The audience responded to a unique musical happening with multiple standing ovations!
October 25, 2015 – Johannes String Quartet – The acclaimed ensemble opened with Homunculus, an exciting 15-minute work written expressly for them by the world-renowned Finnish composer-conductor Esa Pekka Salonen. Also featured was Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 and Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67. Playing at the highest level and the house was packed – a love-fest, for sure!
August 23, 2015 – Emerald Trio – New York City-based Karen Bogardus, flutes; Orlando Wells, violin and viola; and Matt Castle, piano and composer performed a concert of new works written especially for them by hot-on-the-scene NYC composers Carolyn Steinberg, Matt Castle, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, and Davide Zannoni. Our annual free concert. Fascinating, challenging, and well received – kudos to intrepid artists and audience alike!
July 19, 2015 – Gretchen Koehler and Daniel Kelly Duo – by New York State Hall of Fame fiddler Gretchen Kelly partnered by NYC-based jazz pianist Daniel Kelly offered a beautiful and diverse selection of tunes, both traditional and original, in a unique and fascinating performance of many styles of fiddling and improvisation. 13-year-old Syl step-danced into the hearts of all!
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