LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Sinfonietta wrapped up its summer concert series last Sunday evening after playing 19 concerts and more than 100 pieces of music in only six weeks.
The summer-long concert series, called “It’s Elemental,” centered around the elements with programs playing on themes of “H20, Things of Wire, Mortar and Wood,” and on Sunday, “Precious Metals and Flickering Lights.”
“It was an extraordinary summer, with an extraordinary group of musicians, in an extraordinary place,” said music director Ron Spigelman near the end of the show. “What else can I say — the experience has been extraordinary.”
It was Spigelman’s debut year as conductor and he ended it on a high-note, playing a piccolo trumpet alongside the groups resident trumpeter David Greenhoe in Antonio Vivaldi’s Double Trumpet Concerto.
“I thought it would be nice to get up and play, although I forgot exactly how hard this piece is,” Spigelman said.
The program also featured Anne Lindblom Harrow playing the flute in “Excerpts from Goldfinch Concerto,” also by Vivaldi. Harrow was scheduled to solo the week prior, but after a hiking injury on Giant’s Mountain and ankle surgery it was postponed.
“If you haven’t heard the story ask your neighbors, I’m sure someone will tell you,” Spigelman said, as he introduced Harrow, who took to the stage in a wheelchair.
The night ended in style with “Farewell Symphony No. 45,” by Franz Joseph Haydn — known for “playing tricks on the audience,” according to Spigelman. During the song, musicians abruptly stopped playing, came to the front of the stage and extinguished a candle before exiting.
“Everything was wonderful, just a great season,” said Deborah Fitts, the Sinfonietta’s executive director. “Our attendance at LPCA (Lake Placid Center for the Arts) was up this year, between 8 and 10 percent.”
She also said Spigelman was a “wonderful fit” and that he and all of the musicians are excited about returning.
“Everyone had a good summer here in Lake Placid,” she said. “They’re all looking forward to coming back — onward and upward.”
Fitts also suggested visiting www.lakeplacidsinfonietta.org to fill out a questionnaire to plan for next season.