Sinfonietta sponsors school, public concerts Monday

The Potsdam Brass Quintet from the Crane School of Music perform at Keene Central School in 2023 as a part of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s education program. (Provided photo)

LAKE PLACID — Area students and music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet perform on Monday, June 3 as a part of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s education program.

“Our primary season is during the summer, but every year, we do some type of education program where we bring some music into the schools,” said Jacob Rushlow, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s director of operations. “Sometimes it’s student ensembles from conservatories nearby. Other times, like in this case, it’s a professional guitar quartet.”

This is the first time that the quartet will perform in partnership with the Sinfonietta. They have a packed schedule for Monday: first, visits to classes at Lake Placid Elementary School and Lake Placid Middle/High School, then a performance at Keene Central School and finally a public recital at St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid.

Rushlow said the one-day residency is a way to support music education in local schools and forward the Sinfonietta’s mission.

“We’re a bit unique among orchestras in that our musicians are kind of from all over the country. So, most of the year, we’re not able to bring our own musicians into the schools. But through partnerships like this, we’re able to keep things going,” he said.

The guitar quartet, consisting of four longtime guitarists with a wide repertoire, will visit classrooms and tailor their interactions with students to their grade levels and interests, Rushlow said.

“For the middle school students, it’s going to be a bit more interactive as the students are already in music classes,” he said. “For the elementary school, it’s going to be kind of like a lunchtime performance, so as they’re eating lunch, they’ll hear the music going on in the background. In Keene, it’s going to be more of a concert setting.”

In the past, the Sinfonietta has brought in a brass quartet and string quartet for similar residencies. Rushlow said the Sinfonietta’s goal is to “expose kids in this area to music of all kinds,” and the students are always receptive in their own ways.

“They always really love it. Depending on the age groups … the reactions are very different,” he said. “With the young kids … it might be their first time seeing a guitar played live. For older kids, they might be like, ‘Oh, I started guitar lessons a year ago, and it was really cool to see this kind of thing go on.'”

Based in the Saratoga and Finger Lakes regions, the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet has performed previously with the Albany Symphony and for various guitar societies in New York and the Great Lakes region. They’ll perform a public recital at St. Eustace at 5 p.m. Monday, which will be followed by a reception where attendees can meet the quartet. The performance is free. Donations will be accepted to support the Sinfonietta’s ongoing education program.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s season is set to kick off on July 4 and run through Aug. 11. For a full list of concerts and events, visit lakeplacidsinfonietta.org.

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