Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th in Woodstock, NY

Caroga Arts Ensemble On Tour!

Woodstock, NY & Dorset, VT

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 6:00 PM
Maverick Chamber Orchestra Concert
Maverick Concert Hall
120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Students $5/General Admission $30 (tickets at door)
About the Program:
Leonard Bernstein (arr. Alexander Platt and Robert Osborne):
SONGFEST, a Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers and Orchestra (1977)
A Collaboration with Actors and Writers Theater, and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Alexander Platt, conductor
Caroga Arts EnsembleKyle Price, director

Seung Jeon, Flute
Tamara Winston, Oboe
Graeme Steele Johnson, Clarinet
Arleigh Savage, Bassoon
Joanna Schulz, Horn
Emily Schaefer, Horn
Alex Mayon, Trumpet
Chris Brosius, Trombone
Andy Liang, Violin
Aaron Schwartz, Violin
Stephanie Price-Wong, Viola
Kyle Barrett Price, Cello
Jon Borden, Bass
Michael Tsang, Electric Keyboard
Steven Beck, pianist
Garry Kvistad and Russell Hartenberger, percussionists
Singers: Barry Banks, tenor; Matthew; Gamble, baritone; Sarah Heltzel, mezzo-soprano; Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano; Robert Osborne, baritone; Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano
Reciters: Katherine Burger, Dannah Chaifetz, Sarah Chodoff, Mary Gallagher, Davis Hall, Mikhail Horowitz, Nicole Quinn, Edwin [Eddie] Sanchez, John Seidman, David Smilow, Lori Wilner, Shelley Wyant
In celebration of the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Maverick Concerts’ Music Director Alexander Platt will conduct his 2011 chamber-orchestra version of SONGFEST (1977), one of Lenny’s most powerful and poignant compositions, which was triumphantly presented at Ravinia Festival on July 4, 2013. The orchestral song cycle celebrates 300 years of the nation’s artistic past through words of thirteen renowned poets and is as wildly eclectic as our multicultural nation itself. This special collaboration with two of the newer entrepreneurial summer festivals in our region – the Caroga Lake Music Festival presented by Caroga Arts Collective and the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice – will feature remarkable soloists, percussionists Garry Kvistad and Russell Hartenberger, pianist Steven Beck and the Actors and Writers Theatre Ensemble.

“Originally written in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, SONGFEST is a broad and vital celebration of American music and poems, in all their glorious and difficult diversity,” said Alexander Platt. “Gaudy, grasping and grand, it is unique work in Bernstein’s output: in some quarters immediately dismissed as an antique, but increasingly seen as a work newly relevant to our times.”

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 7:30 PM
United Church of Dorset and East Rupert
143 Church St, Dorset, VT
Student $10/Adult $15
Former Dorset Chamber Music Residency participants and members of Caroga Arts Ensemble join for a reunion concert in Dorset, Vermont. The concert will feature the award-winning KASA Quartet, clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson and harpist Alix Raspé in a return to her hometown following a summer as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.

See complete performance schedule for Caroga Arts Ensemble members in Dorset, Vermont.