de Blasiis Music Series at The Hyde
All concerts are held in the Froehlich Auditorium at The Hyde Collection.
$25 for single admission at the door; $5 for students with ID.
additional information and tickets visit www.deblasiismusicseries.org or call William Martin at 518-636-5975.
Sunday, MARCH 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Location: The Hyde Collection
Hyperion String Quartet - Amanda Brin (violin); Jamecyn Morey (violin); William Hakim (viola); Jonathan Brin (cello)
Recently praised by The Strad magazine for their “uncommonly high level of homogeneity and confidence", the Hyperion String Quartet has won first prizes at the Coleman, Music Teachers National Association, and Green Lake chamber music competitions, and was the bronze medal prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since their formation in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music, they have performed from New York’s famed Lincoln Center to Japan’s Izumi Hall and have had live radio and television appearances in California, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Members of the Quartet have performed with such artists as Toby Appel, Melvin Chen, Jennifer Frautschi, Benny Kim, Anne Marie McDermott, Lorna McGee, Sophie Shao, Eugenia Zukerman, and the Miró and Rossetti String Quartets.
Dedicated to the performing of contemporary works, the Quartet has
worked with Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour, for
collaborative projects with Skidmore College’s Dance Department and
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Paul Moravec. Highlights from the
2013-2014 season include performances on the Marcella Sembrich Opera
Museum and West Stockbridge Historical Society series as well as a
concert of music by local composer Brett Wery on the Schenectady County
Community College Chamber Music Series. Order Tickets
Sunday, april 23, 2017 at 3 pm
Location: The Hyde Collection
Robert Auler (piano)
Robert Marshall Auler is an award-winning American concert pianist who maintains a national and international performing and recording career. Auler has won numerous competitions, including the Society of American Musicians First Prize. Following his success in the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association Piano Competition, Auler was invited to perform on a fifteen-city tour with orchestra throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. He has also recently presented concerts in Venezuela, New Zealand, Austria and the Czech Republic. Upcoming projects in 2014 include concert appearances in China and South Africa and an Albany Records solo piano release.
Auler has also appeared throughout the United States and Canada,
including performances at the University of Toronto, Symphony Space
(NY), the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West,
Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral, the View Arts Center (NY), City
College of New York, the Monadnock Festival (NH), the Nantucket Musical
Arts Society (MA), as a featured artist on the MTNA Convention’s Rising
Star Series, as the 2013 Guest Artist in Piano at Hamilton College (NY),
and on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, with a live simulcast on
Chicago’s WFMT-FM Radio. Order Tickets
Sunday, may 21, 2017 at 3 pm
Location: The Hyde Collection
Iridescence - Jan Vinci (flute) & Karlinda Caldicott (harp)
First Prizewinner of England's International Electric Music Performance Competition and recipient of a Classical Recording Foundation Award, Jan Vinci has performed in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls and for events such as the Blossom Festival, ICMC in The Netherlands, Electric Music Festival in England and Killington Music Festival. She is often the featured artist for flute club festivals and performs for NFA conventions.
Karlinda Caldicott has been playing the harp since she was 10 years
old. She moved on to pedal harp when she was 14, and went on to study
with Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she
earned her Bachelors of Music in Harp Performance. In addition to her
years at CIM, she attended the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Order Tickets
Giovannina (Gio) and Virginia (Ginny) de Blasiis, two sisters from a musical family, founded the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series. Gio graduated from Yale; studied piano in New York City, London, and Paris; received a Master of Arts degree from the Eastman School; and taught at Emma Willard, Skidmore, and privately in Glens Falls. Her younger sister, Ginny, studied at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, and Skidmore. She was concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, played with the Schenectady and Glens Falls Symphonies, and taught in the Glens Falls school system.
Gio gave eight piano programs at the home of Mary Hoopes in 1932 at the request of Charlotte Hyde. Ginny, after her violin studies, joined her sister in sonata recitals. George Finckel, well-known cellist on the music faculty of Bennington College, then joined them to make up the trio which was to be the nucleus of the Chamber Music Series. Through their many contacts, Gio and Ginny were able to attract major performers to the area from around the country and abroad.
Programming was always innovative, from the romantic and classical to the modern, and was scored for all combinations of instruments. After the early years at the Hoopes’ home, concerts moved to the First Presbyterian Church. Later, they were held at The Hyde Collection, at first in the Courtyard of Hyde House and then in the new auditorium in the Museum’s Education Wing.
After the sisters’ deaths, a board of directors was formed to carry on their mission of bringing the finest performers and programs to the Glens Falls area. With the ongoing support of The Hyde Collection, the community, faithful subscribers, and the City of Glens Falls, six concerts continue to be presented each year. Thanks to Gio and Ginny’s vision, the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series is one of the oldest in the country.
Images top to bottom: Virginia de Blasiis, George Finckel, 1940s; Virginia de Blasiis, ca. 1930, The Hyde Archive