Music Rich in Cultural Traditions
Zlatne Uste will feature a variety of brass music from various traditions and peoples of the Balkans. The program includes ritual wedding music from South Serbia, a traditional table song from Bulgaria, an assortment of tunes from the Roma (Gypsies) in Serbia and Macedonia, as well as melodies and dances from around the Balkans.
"Three of us have enjoyed participating in The Sembrich's World Music Wednesdays in the past and look forward to returning to the beautiful shore of Lake George," says Michael Ginsburg, trumpeter and director of the group who, with his wife, Belle Birchfield, appeared last season with Cherven Traktor. Tuba player Don Godwin performed at The Sembrich with the Raya Brass Band in 2012.
Zlatne Uste (Serbian for "golden kiss"), founded in 1983, is regarded widely as the premier Balkan brass band in North America. Comprised of three trumpets, four baritone horns, saxophone, tuba and percussion, the ten-member-strong group comes to The Sembrich fresh from recent performances in Sao Paulo, Brazil and at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky.
Zlatne Uste has performed at numerous venues throughout North America and in 2011 represented the United States at the Gathering of Trumpeters in Guca, Serbia; an appearance that was documented in the recent independent feature film Brasslands.
Each year, Zlatne Uste hosts and produces the Golden Festival, New York's largest Balkan music event showcasing the talents of over forty diverse musical ensembles.
"The geographical isolation of the Balkans that led to the outset of the First World War in 1914 also helped to preserve a region rich in cultural traditions," notes Sembrich artistic director Richard Wargo.
"Plus, this music is easy to listen to," adds Ginsburg, "and will surely get your toes tapping."
World Music Wednesdays is sponsored by Adirondack Brewery.
Another music rich in tradition will be featured at The Sembrich on Thursday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. when the young artists from the Bel Canto Institute perform a selection of songs and arias in the Italian vocal tradition of bel canto ("beautiful singing"). Tickets are $25.
"This year's concert includes songs and arias by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Verdi," says director Jane Klaviter, who founded the Bel Canto Institute in 1987. "The annual performance at The Sembrich by select prize-winners from the Institute is a highlight of our program and something important for these young singers to experience and be a part of."
The Sembrich is located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, New York. The Sembrich Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Sembrich office at (518) 644-2431. For more information, visit the website at www.thesembrich.org.