Sembrich Richard Wagner
Sembrich 'TITANS of OPERA' season continues with Wagner programs
'Siegfried Idyll 'on Aug. 11 with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Lake George Music Festival;
'Wagner and Me' film on Aug. 12 at Bolton Free Library;
'Wagner and Friends' on Aug. 14 with Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, continues its TITANS of OPERA summer season with tributes to composer Richard Wagner commemorating the bicentennial of his birth:
- Siegfried Idyll on Sunday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Lake George Music Festival*. Admission: $35. This is a performance of Wagner's lone chamber work, composed as a birthday gift for his second wife, Cosima, following the 1869 birth of their son Siegfried. Wagner's opera Siegfried incorporates music from the Idyll. Wagner originally intended it to be a private piece.
“The chance to perform or hear the rapturously beautiful Siegfried Idyll in so intimate a setting as the Marcella Sembrich Studio is a rare opportunity indeed,” says Philip Kates, Philadelphia Orchestra violinist since 1981 and Sembrich Board Member since 2008.
- Wagner and Me film on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Bolton Free Library in Bolton Landing. Admission is free. The provocative 2010 film explores the controversy between Jewish filmmaker Stephen Fry's discovery of and love for Wagner's music, despite its dark association with anti-semitism and the Nazis. This is the Premier North Country Screening.
- Richard Wagner and Friends on Wednesday, August 14, at 7:30 pm. with Brooklyn Art Song Society performing music by Wagner, Chausson, Duparc and Wolf. Admission: $20. The group performs Wagner's song cycle Wesendonck Lieder, considered a “rough draft” for Tristan and Isolde, alongside works by the art song composers he most influenced. Performers are Charlotte Dobbs, soprano; Jennifer Beattie, mezzo soprano; Kyle Oliver, baritone; and Michael Brofman and Miori Sugiyama, piano. B.A.S.S. Has been hailed by the New York Times as “ambitious” and “a company well worth watching.” “Brooklyn Art Song Society is honored to present a concert of some of the greatest German lieder and French chanson in the former home of one of opera's greatest divas and champions of art song,” says Michael Brofman.
- *Lake George Music Festival is also featured in an open rehearsal on Saturday, August, 17, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. The festival, a yearly August event since 2011, brings together world class musicians and rising young stars in a week of open rehearsals, live concerts, interactive workshops and outreach events.