LAKE PLACID - The theme of the upcoming Lake Placid Sinfonietta's 2013 summer season, which runs from July 3 to Aug. 11, will be titled "Imagining."
"I'm thrilled to bring music that sparks imagination and simultaneously reflects the composer's initial concept" said Sinfonietta Music Director Ron Spigelman. "You can expect tremendous performances this summer."
The core of the summer's program is the six concert Symphony Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts that starts July 7 and continues on consecutive Sunday evenings through Aug. 11. "You're going to be amazed at the talent we will have on stage this summer," Spigelman said. "We've got Lake Placid debuts for some of the world's top soloists and are thrilled to welcome back two showstoppers from last season."
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta
All performances are at 7:30 on Sunday evenings, with the exception of July 28, which has been moved to 8 p.m. to accommodate Ironman race-day traffic. Tickets to these performances are now available at the LPCA box office or by calling 518-523-2512.
While you can always buy tickets to a single concert, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta continues to offer Symphony Series tickets in a series package of all six or any four concerts of your choice. Purchasing tickets in a series offers the comfort of having the same seating at each performance, a guarantee of renewal seating the following year, eliminates frequent trips to the box office, and can be purchased at a discount if you are a current Lake Placid Sinfonietta member (donor).
Prices for tickets are the same as last season. A six-concert series can be purchased at a member price of $110 if you are a Lake Placid Sinfonietta member and the member-discounted price a four-concert package is $77. The non-discounted ticket packages are $132/$88 respectively.
As an incentive to enthusiasts who may be considering a subscription for the first time, the orchestra has announced that last summer's Buy-One-Get-One incentive will be continued in 2013 and will be extended to the first 46 new full series subscriptions. (New subscribers are those who have not have purchased a series within the last five years.)
This summer's Symphony Series begins on July 7 when "Adirondack Health's It's D'Amore" brings the world of opera to the Lake Placid stage with arias and orchestral music from Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore," Mozart's "Magic Flute," Lukas Foss's "Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," along with a taste of musical theater with Lloyd Webber's "All I Ask of You" from "Phantom of the Opera". Singers will be bass-baritone George Cordes, a veteran of six seasons with New York City Opera, and multiple Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts, and soprano Natalie Polito who has been seen on stages across the country from the Santa Fe Opera to Vermont's Green Mountain Opera Festival in.
On July 14, "Debutante" will include Beethoven's First Symphony, Britten's Sinfonietta No.1, and pianist Di Wu making her Lake Placid debut with Chopin's "Concerto No.1". A 2009 Van Cliburn Competition finalist, Ms. Wu has been a featured soloist with orchestras around the world from Philadelphia to Shanghai and is described as playing with "fire and authority" by the Washington Post.
"Basquing in Spanish Glory" on July 21st will showcase emerging classical guitar protege Celil Refik Kaya in Rodrigo's "Concierto di Aranjuez." This young talent has just won the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition and will appear in Lake Placid on his way to a doctoral program at the University of Texas in the Fall.
On July 28 Music Director Ron Spigelman is exploring a program he's calling "Deconstructed" in which each selection will use a different configuration of instruments. The evening will feature the return of exceptional pianist Navah Perlman performing both Mozart's "Concerto 21" and a "Piano Quartet in Eb" along with a works by Ibert and Gounod.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will have the sponsorship of the Victor Herbert Foundation for "American Dreams" on Aug. 4 that feature concertmaster Daniel Szasz in a virtuosic piece by African-American composer William Grant Still, and flutist Anne Lindblom Harrow in the elegant "Poem for Flute and Orchestra" by Charles Griffes. Mr. Szasz is also the Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony and a frequent soloist with orchestras around the world, and Ms. Harrow is the former principal flute of the Florida West Coast Symphony and a professor at the Eastman School of Music. This concert of music by American composers will also feature selections by Aaron Copland and Elliot Carter.
The final concert of the season on Aug. 11 will feature the first Lake Placid appearance by internationally known Cellist Amit Peled, who the New York Times described as having "a glowing tone and seductive timbre." Mr. Peled has an extensive solo career, has released three CDs on the Centaur Records label, and has been featured multiple times on radio including NPR's "Performance Today."
Each of these concerts will include a complementary post-concert meet the artist reception, and the opportunity to hear these musicians perform in the small, intimate theater that the Lake Placid Arts Center offers. Additional information about the programs and biographies of the artists and orchestra musicians can be found online at www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org.
For more information about the orchestra, the Wednesday evening Park Series, or 2013 Adirondack Series concerts in the communities of Tupper Lake, North Creek, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga, visit the website or call the Lake Placid Sinfonietta office at 518-523-2051.