Lake Placid Sinfonietta prepares for upcoming concerts

LAKE PLACID — For its Sunday Symphony Series on Sunday, Aug. 6 the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will present “Mesmerizing Melodies,” bringing the artistry of Seagle Festival mezzo soprano Natalie Sweeney to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts stage singing Aaron Copland’s “Eight Songs of Emily Dickenson.”

The orchestra will also perform Bela Bartok’s “Dance Suite,” along with two orchestral favorites, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and the lively “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tickets are available through the LPCA box office (518-523-2512) and online on both the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and LPCA websites. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for anyone 18 or younger. All audience members are invited to a complimentary meet-the-artist reception following the concert.

This concert is presented in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake in celebration of their recently acquired collection of artifacts belonging to the composer Bela Bartok. Bartok, who spent his final years in Saranac Lake, composed his “Dance Suite” in 1923 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the union of the cities Buda and Pest, to form the Hungarian capital Budapest. This widely performed and recorded work consists of five dances with Arabic, Wallachian and Hungarian melodies, and a finale that brings together all the previous thematic sketches.

Sweeney will be the featured soloist in Copland’s “Eight Poems of Emily Dickenson,” a song cycle premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970 in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday. The beloved American composer was enchanted by Dickenson’s work and wrote, “Her poetry, written in isolation, was folklike, with irregular meters and stanzas and many unconventional devices.”

Sweeney is a participant in this summer’s Seagle Festival, the premier opera and musical theater producing organization in the Adirondacks, as well as the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States. She is originally from the Chicago area where she received degrees in both vocal performance and physics from Michigan State University. Sweeney is a 2023 Emerging Artist at Seagle Festival, where she will perform in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jerry Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof” as Chava.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s Park Concert series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 with “Sorcerer’s Wand” in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid. Admission is free.

In the event of rain or temperatures below 65, the concert will be moved to the sanctuary of St. Agnes Church on Saranac Avenue, starting at 7:15 p.m. To check If a move to the rain site has been planned, visit the Sinfonietta’s Facebook or Instagram page or call the office at 518-523-2051 after 5 p.m. on the day of the concert.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta returns to Tupper Lake’s Wild Center for the final Adirondack Series Concert of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 in the Great Hall. The orchestra will offer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Jupiter Symphony” along with Gioachino Rossini’s “Overture to Barber of Seville” and Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances.”

Tickets are available through The Wild Center at $25 for adults, $20 for museum members and free for ages 4-17. To purchase tickets, visit The Wild Center website or call 518-359-7800.

For complete information on the orchestra, the musicians and programs, visit online at lakeplacidsinfonietta.org.

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