Opera Museum to host Open Rehearsals and a Saturday Evening Concert
The Lake George Music Festival travels north of the Village in this, their fourth season, to the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing for a chamber music concert on Saturday, August 16th, at 7:30 p.m. and a trio of open rehearsals on August 14th, 15th and 18th at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Repertoire for Saturday's program includes Claude Debussy's song cycle Ariettes oubliées, Rick Robinson's Sextet for Strings “Mighty Love,” Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.47 and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Piano Quintet in E Major, Op.15.
A highlight of the concert will be the world première of "Oars in Water," a newly-commissioned work for voice and piano by Michael Djupstrom, a setting of a poem by Jeanne Minahan.
The program will be preceded by a pre-concert workshop at 6 p.m. presented by composer Djupstrom and poet Minahan; an interactive session in which the pair will discuss Lake George’s aquatic invasive species battle and its role in inspiring this new work.
The informal atmosphere of an open rehearsal, in which the audience is welcome to come and go at will, affords concert-goers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of fine musicians at work. The following repertoire will be featured during the 1:30 p.m. open rehearsals at The Sembrich: Thursday, August 14th — Korngold's Piano Quintet Friday, August 15th — Dvorak's String Quintet No. 2
Monday, August 18th — Cipullo's "Late Summer" for voice and piano
"It's a pleasure for us to share in the excitement of festival week," says Sembrich artistic director Richard Wargo, "and to invite a new generation of young musicians to experience the inspirational setting of the Sembrich studio."
"The Sembrich, a lighthouse of remembrance, is a look back to what could be once again in Lake George Village," adds Alex Lombard, President of the Festival, "in the not-too-distant future."
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.