Three Concerts in One Weekend

The First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY again hosts the annual Labor Day weekend concerts by the Millenium Strings, musicians from the Magic Mountain Music Farm. We hear from the founder, Burton Kaplan, violinist Marvin Suson, and hard-working pianist Cullan Bryant.  

Photo credit:  Magic Mountain Music Farm

By Special Invitation: The Finest In Local Performances

By Special Invitation presents a stunning line-up of world-class musicians who perform classical music concerts around our region. From a preserved barn in the idyllic setting of the western Catskills and a Binghamton Opera Company to a concert stage at Ithaca College, By Special Invitation invites you to witness music performance recorded specifically for WSKG Classical. These performances can be heard Saturdays at 10:00 a.m, and at your convenience by clicking on the concerts listed below.  

Music at Fishs Eddy Announces Three Concerts this Summer

Opening with a concert by a gamelan ensemble, Music at Fishs Eddy continues with music for guitar and harpsichord.  Artistic Director Joyce Lindorff talks about the history of the festival, and about its venue, the Old Pioneer Church.  

Photo credit: Music at Fishs Eddy

The 26th Anniversary of SummerMusic

The Magic Mountain Music Farm presents the 26th Anniversary of chamber music concerts in the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville, NY.  Violist Noralee Walker and clarinetist Dan Ferreira talk about their performances and what brings them back to Morris, NY every year to study with Burton Kaplan.

The Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Presents its First Concert of the Season

Cooperstown Summer Music Fest Artistic Director Linda Chesis joins us to talk about the first concert of the season, taking place at the Otesaga in Cooperstown.  The American String Quartet performs Franz Schubert’s famous “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in g minor, and Linda Chesis joins them as flutist in ‘Poem’ by Elmira-born composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes.  

Photo credit: Peter Schaaf

Summermusic Concerts Return to Gilbertsville

Burton Kaplan’s Magic Mountain Music Farm of Morris, NY presents the 25th anniversary of Labor Day weekend concerts at the First Presbyterian Church on Rt. 51 in Gilbertsville. The two free concerts feature music by Beethoven, Brahms, Gliere, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, and Strauss. Cellist Adele O’Dwyer traveled all the way from Ireland for the third time and violinist Marvin Suson from Milwaukee for the nineteenth time to study with Burton Kaplan. They talk about the concert and what brings them back year after year.

The New Asia Chamber Music Society Performs in Stamford

The Stamford Friends of Music present the New Asia Chamber Music Society on Sunday, August 20 at 3pm in the Stamford United Methodist Church.  Violist and erhu player Andy Lin took a break from running errands in his additional capacity as Artistic Director to speak with us about the program, and about his other duties.


Photo credit: New Asia Chamber Music Society

The Jasper String Quartet Presents Three Concerts this Weekend

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes the Jasper String Quartet for a series of three concerts: August 4 in Christ Church, August 5 in Templeton Hall, and August 6 in the Otesaga Resort Hotel.  We hear from the quartet’s violist, Sam Quintal, who took a break from his drive to perform a concert, in order to chat with us via Skype.


Photo credit: Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer for the Jasper String Quartet

Horseheads and Hector Will Hear Music for Violin and Piano

Horseheads native, pianist Benjamin Pawlak and violinist Maria Beltavski perform two concerts including music by Beethoven and Ravel in Horseheads and Hector.  They join us via Skype to talk about the music, how they met, the six years of planning this collaboration, and where they are headed next.


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Trio Alexander Performs Two Concerts

The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes Trio Alexander for two performances, on Friday at the Rockwell Museum in Corning and on Saturday at the Sayre Theatre in Sayre.  They talk about how the ensemble took shape and about their recent whirlwind tour of Great Britain, crammed into a tiny car around a harp.


Photo credit: Trio Alexander

Eastern European Chamber Music Comes to Stamford

The Friends of Music of Stamford presents the Lysander Trio in a concert of music from Eastern Europe. The Lysander Piano Trio, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been praised by the Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas and wide palette of colours.” They bring a program of music for piano trio by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvorak, and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.


Photo credit: Lysander Trio

Twenty-four Years of Concerts in Gilbertsville

The Magic Mountain Music Farm , just outside of Morris, NY, presents two free concerts on Friday and Saturday, September 2 and 3.  This is the twenty-fourth year of these concerts, as professional musicians from all over the United States spend two weeks studying with Burton Kaplan. Guests Erika Atchley and Marvin Suson, both violinists, talk about why they return year after year to “recharge” their musical batteries in a supportive atmosphere, and take new skills back to their performing and teaching positions. The two concerts have completely different programs, and are presented in the beautiful acoustics of the First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville at 7:30pm both nights.


Photo credit: p_rendall via Flickr

The Summer Heats Up for the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival

It’s a busy couple of weeks for the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival with the Jasper String Quartet, Bach and Sons, and lutenist Hopkinson Smith. We hear from Artistic Director and flutist Linda Chesis, who speaks with us via Skype.  If you’re in Cooperstown around 1pm today, you can hear the Jasper String Quartet perform downtown!


Photo credit: Cooperstown Summer Music Festival



Summer is Coming Early to Cooperstown

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is presenting the American String Quartet in a program including music by Beethoven and Ravel.  The festival’s artistic director, flutist Linda Chesis, joins them for a rarely performed work by Albert Roussel.  


Photo credit: Peter Schaaf for the American String Quartet

An internationally-known pianist gets to perform at home

Pianist Gleb Ivanov and friends are presenting a concert at his home church in Endicott, SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 210 Hill Avenue on Sunday, December 27 at 5pm. Joining him in the concert are violinist Eric Grossman, cellist Lawrence Zoernig, pianist Olga Krayterman, and Gleb’s wife, soprano Maria Guryleva. The first half will be music of Sergei Rachmaninoff then, after the intermission, music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Photo courtesy of Gleb Ivanov

A Weekend of Chamber Music is coming to the Western Catskills

The Alexander String Quartet performs on Saturday, September 19 at 7pm in the West Kortright Center in East Meredith.  Then on Sunday, the 20th, the Stamford Friends of Music presents the Lark Quartet at 3pm in the United Methodist Church at 88 Main St. in Stamford.  Cellist Caroline Stinson from the Lark Quartet talks about their “sunny” program for Sunday, and balancing quartet performances with teaching and home life.




Photo courtesy Lark Quartet