LAKE PLACID - Tickets are now available for Lake Placid Sinfonietta's 97th summer season. Using the theme "Dreaming," Music Director Ron Spigelman has programmed an eighteen concert season that will see the orchestra perform in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Jay, North Creek, and Keene Valley.
"I'm thrilled to bring music that inspires me and highlights the way composers and performers dream of new sounds before they bring them to life" said Spigelman. "The Lake Placid Sinfonietta continues to climb to its' centennial year in 2017, when I hope we will be seen as the Adirondacks' 47th peak!"
The core of the summer's program is the six concert series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts which begin on July 6 and continue through Aug. 10. All performances are at 7:30 on Sunday evenings and all seating is reserved at these concerts.
Tickets are offered per-concert or in a series of all six or your choice of any four concerts. Purchasing tickets in series offers the added benefit of same seating at each concert.
Current Lake Placid Sinfonietta members (have made a donation within the last 12 months) receive a discount on any series purchase. All tickets to the Sunday evening concerts are sold through the LPCA box office which can be reached at 518-523-2512.
The series at the LPCA kicks off with a concert titled "Adirondack Health's Vivaldi, the Red Priest of Venice" on July 6, an all Vivaldi evening narrated by noted musicologist and actress Raya Lee, who has created a one person play about the great composer. Featured performers at this concert will include the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, soprano Hannah Harrow and mezzo-soprano Andrea McGaugh.
On July 13 in a concert titled "Beyond the Screen," Ron Spigelman explores not only significant musical works that have been used in the making of motion pictures, but also the lesser known works written for concert performance by composers who have become well known by writing film scores.
"Coming Home" on July 20 will be a unique two-part concert; the first half features music written in 1917 the year the orchestra was founded (Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony" and Bartok's "Rumanian Folk Dances") and the second half will see the return of Guest Artist Martha Gallagher who will premiere a work she has written for harp and orchestra called "The Orphan's Odyssey."
On July 28, pianist Sara Davis Buechner, a former Tchaikovsky competition medalist, performs Ravel's jazz inspired "Concerto in G," a composition that marked a turning point in the composer's style.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is collaborating with Pendragon Theatre on Aug. 3 in a performance of "The Soldier's Tale" in its original form for nine instrument, dancer, narrator and actors. This iconic work will be performed as a Matinee at Pendragon Theatre and in that evening's concert at the arts center in a program that also include's the "Overture to Don Giovanni" and works by Gounod and Ibert.
The final concert of the season on Aug. 10, "Dedications" will see the return of pianist Navah Perlman performing Chopin's "Concerto No. 2," a work that the composer dedicated twice to important people in his life.
As in past years, six free community Park Series concert have also been scheduled beginning on July 4th. "Champlain National Bank Across the Fruited Plains" is the first in this series and will follow the parade at 7 p.m. in the Paul White Memorial shell in Mid's Park in downtown Lake Placid. Other concerts in this series, all scheduled for the same start time and location, are "Get Your Kicks on Rt. 66" (July 9), "New York, NY" (July 16), "Price Chopper's Coastal Dreams" (July 23), "Staging the Screening" (July 30) and "Dancing the Night Away" sponsored by NBT Bank (Aug. 6). The rain site for each of these concerts is St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. A rain site move will be announced at 5 p.m. and concerts at the rain site will begin at 7:15 p.m.
The expanded Adirondack series continues with five concerts in 2014.
The orchestra performs in North Creek on July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center, for tickets please call Upper Hudson Musical Arts at 518-251-3911.
On July 17 at 7:30 p.m., the orchestra performs in the great hall of The Wild Center where a pre-concert dinner is being offered in conjunction with the concert (reservations required, please contact The Wild Center at 518-359-7800.)
The Community Bank Concert in Saranac Lake on July 25 at 7 p.m. will feature a unique side-by-side performance, giving community members an opportunity to perform on stage with the orchestra.
The orchestra performs in Keene Valley at the Congregational Church on July 26 and returns to the Flammer Theater of The Wild Center for a performance of chamber music with a slide show on Aug. 7.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is also pleased to present another free morning children's concert this year. "Superheroes" will be presented as part of the LPCA's "Young and Fun Series" at 10:30 a.m. on July 16.
Complete information on the orchestra, the musicians, and programs is available on the newly redesigned Sinfonietta website at www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org.