Michael Cannon, co-founder of the Honest Brook Music Festival in Delhi, NY, performs on piano. Cannon’s piano performing career has taken him all over the world. He has performed in such major European capitals as London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin and Frankfurt as well as Shanghai and Tokyo in the Far East. The London Daily Telegraph called him “A distinguished artist, having not only a fine technique, but also ripe experience and deep familiarity with the music – a wide variety of tone, warmth and flexibility.” For the second performance of the program, Cannon put together a tribute to three composers – Mendelsshon, Chopin and Liszt – born within three years of one another, but who have greatly varied styles.
12-year old Anastasia Rizikov demonstrates poise and talent on the piano. Rizikov was born in Toronto, Canada, and she studies with an award-winning piano teacher Maia Spis, who has a Masters in Music Education from Ukraine and currently teaches at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto. Rizikov has played piano since age five, and her grandmother first taught her to play. She remembers listening to music constantly, finding inspiration there to start playing. Today, she loves playing Chopin, which she has played since around age 6, and enjoys showcasing some of his lesser-known works.
Within a state that can boast of the Manhattan skyline, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty and the Finger Lakes, the Adirondack Mountains stand out as New York’s most powerful landmark. It’s not just some six million acres of the Adirondack Forest Preserve declared by the State Constitution in 1894 to be “Forever Wild”, or the 3,000 lakes within the largest park in the continental United States. It’s the sheer expanse across the map of the North Country and the breathtaking vistas that seem to never end that makes the Adirondacks overwhelming. The story of one “mountain man” who dwelled in the Adirondack wilderness for more than thirty years partakes of that sense of awesomeness.
“Foxey Brown: A Story of an Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit and Guide as He Might Have Told It” is a historical novel — it might also be termed a memoir — that covers one man’s life as well as an important chapter in the history of New York State and the movement for environmental protection.