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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. http://wskg.org/audio/newasia.mp3
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents an all-Mozart concert, followed by a concert by the genre-defying ensemble Time for Three. We hear from Artistic Director Linda Chesis about the two concerts, and about the easiest commute she has ever had to a rehearsal. http://wskg.org/audio/chesiscoop.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/jasper.mp3
Photo credit: Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer for the Jasper String Quartet
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. http://wskg.org/audio/pawlakbelt.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/trioalexander.mp3
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes presents a Musician’s Choice concert on Friday, February 10, featuring violinist Augusto Diemecke, cellist Christine Lowe-Diemecke, and pianist Pej Reitz. We hear from the violinist about this concert of music by Arvo Part, Edvard Grieg, and Johannes Brahms.
Photo credit: Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes
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. http://wskg.org/audio/lysander.mp3
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. http://www.wskg.org/audio/magic.mp3
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! http://wskg.org/audio/cooperstownmusa.mp3
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
The Friends of Music of Stamford, NY present the Verona Quartet performing music of Haydn, Bartok, and Mendelssohn in a concert on Sunday, April 17 at 3 in the Stamford United Methodist Church. http://wskg.org/audio/verona.mp3
Photo credit: Joseph Ong/Brittany Florenz for the Verona String Quartet
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. http://wskg.org/audio/glebchristmas.mp3
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. http://wskg.org/audio/lark4tet.mp3