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Community String Orchestra set for Thursdays

September 28, 2017
Lake Placid News

KEENE VALLEY - After a successful pilot project in the spring, the Community String Orchestra will launch its first season this October. String players of all ages and abilities will come together to learn music and have a great time.

All are invited to join in at Keene Central School, 33 Market St., from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 5 to Nov. 16.

The mission for this ensemble is to bring together all the string players in the central Adirondacks and to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate music for stringed instruments.

The ensemble will center in a new location for each session in order to be inclusive to as many people as possible. In the spring, the orchestra will meet in Saranac Lake.

Each session we will focus on one larger work of classical repertoire, and each week read and work on easy pieces for beginning grade levels. For the fall session, the group will focus on "Suite for Strings" by John Rutter under the direction of conductor Timothy Mount.

Mount, a pianist, is professor emeritus at Stony Brook University, where he was director of choral music and taught doctoral conducting students for 22 years. He is former associate conductor of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and has guest conducted throughout the northeast, including the New York Virtuoso Singers and Collegiate Chorale.

He has conducted 11 commercial CDs?-seven with the all professional New York Vedantic Arts Choir and Ensemble; 2 with the Moscow New Choir and the The Russian State Cinema and State Radio Television Symphony Orchestras; and two with the Stony Brook Camerata Singers.

He lives in the Adirondacks and has renewed the piano playing he began at the age of 7. When he isn't practicing, he captains boats on Lake Champlain and, with his wife, does care-taking on remote islands around the world.

The project will be directed by Saranac Lake resident and cellist Esther Rogers Baker.



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