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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

A PAIR OF COMMEMORATIVE CONCERTS UPCOMING AT THE SEMBRICH

A PAIR OF COMMEMORATIVE CONCERTS UPCOMING AT THE SEMBRICH

—Silver Bay Quartet and Piano Virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi Set to Perform—

A pair of commemorative concerts round out the Sembrich schedule of events for the month of July. 

On Wednesday, July 25th, at 1:30 pm, the Silver Bay String Quartet presents a program inspired by the Armistice of 1918, the treaty that brought World War I to a close.  

Virtuoso pianist Thomas Pandolfi follows on Saturday, July 28th, at 7:30 pm with a concert that pays tribute to a number of musical anniversaries, including the centennial of the birth of American master Leonard Bernstein.

Tickets for the Silver Bay Quartet program are $20.  Admission to the Pandolfi concert is $50.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (518) 644-2431.

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The Silver Bay String Quartet along with pianist Olga Gurevich observe the centennial of the 1918 Armistice with a program of music relevant to that august event.

The concert gets underway with the exuberant Allegro Giocoso from Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 24 by Théodore Gouvy, a Romantic composer of dual nationalities, both German and French.

Ravel’s “Menuette” and “Toccata” from Le tombeau de Couperin for solo piano follows. Each movement of this suite, composed by Ravel in 1917, is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer who died fighting during the war.  

The crowning work on the program is the British masterwork, Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84, composed in the summer of 1918 during the final months of the war. 

The Silver Bay String Quartet and pianist Olga Gurevich are musicians in-residence at the Silver Bay Association on Lake George which has supported a residency for string quartet and piano since 1939. 

Current members of the ensemble include Meredith Arksey and Padua Canty, violins; Susan Bengtson, viola; and Andrea Chandler, cello.

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Piano virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi returns to The Sembrich with a dazzling program to commemorate numerous musical anniversaries, including the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein.

The featured work on the program is Pandolfi’s own “Rhapsody on Themes from ‘West Side Story.’”

“I have composed a big virtuoso transcription/fantasy on themes from ‘West Side Story’ for the Bernstein year which I think the audience there would really enjoy,” remarked Pandolfi in a recent interview.

“You’ll hear ‘Tonight,’ ‘I Feel Pretty,’ ‘One Hand One Heart,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘America’ and ‘Somewhere’ like you’ve never heard them before!” 

Other works on the program include Frederico Mompou’s “Cancion y Danza” in celebration of that composer’s 125th birthday and Franz Liszt’s spectacular paraphrase on Gounod’s Faust in celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Gounod.  

“Debussy passed away 100 years ago and the music world lost Tchaikovsky 125 years ago,” says Pandolfi, who will open his program with Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque(including the beloved “Clair de Lune”) and perform the little known Paul Pabst transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

 “A big anniversary year, indeed!” exclaims Pandolfi of the program that he’s prepared for the Sembrich series.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as 

a scholarship student.  Highlights of his 2018-19 performance season include engagements with the North Charleston Pops and Symphony of the Americas as well as a coast to coast recital tour. His international concerts have carried him across the globe to China and Europe.  

 “It’s always a pleasure to perform for all of you there at the Sembrich!” adds Pandolfi, who last thrilled Lake George audiences with his brilliant performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in 2016.