Sinfonietta previews Sunday, Wednesday concerts
LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in a program titled “Woodland Sprites” that echoes the world of nature.
The evening will include Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” featuring Concertmaster Daniel Szasz, “Deep Forest” by Mabel Wheeler Daniels and Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances.”
A complimentary meet-the-artist reception will follow the performance. Tickets are available online, by phone at 518-523-2512 or in person at the LPCA box office, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Sinfonietta’s next Park Concert in Mid’s Park will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 and will continue the magical summer theme with “Hocus Pocus” in a program that will include selections from Victor Herbert’s “Naughty Marietta” along with numbers from Gilbert & Sullivan and Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Admission is free to these lakeside concerts. In the event of rain or temperatures below 65, the concert will be moved to the sanctuary of St. Agnes Church on Saranac Avenue and will begin at 7:15 p.m.
At the Sunday concert, concertgoers will be able to enjoy Concertmaster Daniel Szasz’s solo performance in the “Four Seasons.” The concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony since 1997, he has been concertmaster of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta since 2006 holding the Dearnley-Happel Chair. Born in Romania, in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, Szasz began playing the violin at age 6 under the supervision of his father, a former principal trumpet player with the Sibiu State Philharmonic Orchestra, and at 13 he performed his first concerto with a professional orchestra. He has won numerous awards in national competitions in Romania as well as international competitions in Italy and the U.S., including the “Public Prize” at the prestigious Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence, Italy, playing with his wife, pianist Alina Voicu.
The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is a professional chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stuart Malina. The 2023 season continues through Aug. 13. For complete information on the orchestra, visit online at lakeplacidsinfonietta.org.