Musicians from Meadowmount and Silver Bay Slated for The Sembrich
—Chamber Music for Strings and Piano—
BOLTON LANDING, NY — String players from the North Country head south this week to Lake George to participate in The Sembrich’s VIOLIN DAYS series. Young musicians from the Meadowmount School of Music present a program of chamber music on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm. The Silver Bay Quartet follows on Wednesday, July 27th at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the Meadowmount concert, $15 for the Silver Bay afternoon performance.
The Meadowmount School of Music, founded in 1944, is a 7-week long summer training program for accomplished young string and keyboard players preparing for professional careers in music.
The featured work on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio, Op. 50, written in 1882 and dedicated “to the memory of a great artist” (Nikolai Rubinstein).
“This trio is one of the pillars of the 19th century chamber music repertoire,” states Eric Larsen, Director of Meadowmount. “I think it a most fitting way to celebrate both the violin and the voice, as this is a work of unlimited melodic beauty.”
Student performers for the Tchaikovsky opus include pianist Qiyun Dai (Beijing), violinist Francesca Bass (Boston) and cellist Natalia Goldmann (Stockholm).
Also planned for Saturday evening’s performance: A string quartet and a solo violin sonata.
“Meadowmount is honored to be part of The Sembrich’s VIOLIN DAYS series,” says Larsen.
While this weekend’s performance by the Meadowmount musicians marks the school’s debut performance at The Sembrich, the Silver Bay Quartet has performed at the opera museum over a dozen times since its first Sembrich appearance, during the summer of 1998.
The centerpiece of next Wednesday’s program is Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, a work praised by musicologist Tully Potter as “one of the most perfect creations of western music.” The featured piano soloist in the piece is Olga Gurevich, who appeared last season in a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet.
Also featured on the program is Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” one of the most iconic pieces of American classical music, last heard at The Sembrich during the 2010 season-long Barber centenary celebration.
“The music of Samuel Barber has a special place here on Lake George,” says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “Samuel Barber was the nephew of famed contralto and Sembrich colleague Louise Homer and spent formative summers of his youth just south of here at Homer Point.”
Another American work fills out the program, the first movement of a string quartet by Grammy award-winning bluegrass fiddler Mark O’Connor.
The Silver Bay Quartet serves in-residence for the summer at nearby Silver Bay Association, a YMCA Conference center. The quartet performs at weekly recitals, daily evening vespers and at Sunday morning worship services.
Members of the ensemble include Meredith Arksey and Marshall Meade, violins, Susan Bengston, viola and Jennifer Stomberg, cello.
“We look forward to another annual visit to the Sembrich!” says Meade.