de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde


             FALL 2015 - SPRING 2016                

All concerts are held in the Froehlich Auditorium at The Hyde Collection.
Admission: $25 for single admission at the door; $5 for students with ID.
For additional information or reservations call David Bullard, artistic director, at 518-792-2383 or visit

Sunday, November 22 at 2pm


Emil Altschuler, violin and Thomas Pandolfi, piano

Violinist Emil Altschuler returns to de Blasiis at the Hyde in his most recent collaboration with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, with a program of Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, Robert Russel Bennett, and Pablo de Sarasate.

Altschuler received his BM from The Juilliard School, studying with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, and his MM from The Yale School of Music, studying under Erick Friedman. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Helen Von Ammon’s Emerging Artist Series, The Aspen Music Festival, and Italy’s Castello di Galeazza.

As a recitalist, Pandolfi has appeared in concert halls nationwide. The Washington Post has described him as "an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line. Pandolfi possesses first-rate technical skills, an unerring comma and of phrasing, a quicksilver touch, and cunning legerdemain when it comes to pedaling...etched with calm and crystal clarity... outstanding." New York Concert Review has characterized Pandolfi's interpretations as containing "high level pianism and tasteful, diversified musical ideas . . . crystalline texture and deft coloration... charm and bracing elan." For complete biographies visit: and

Spring concerts 2016

Sunday, March 20 at 2pm

imageThe Decho Saxophone Quartet

The Decho Quartet’s members are Jacob Swanson, soprano; Sarah Marchitelli, alto; Nicholas Childs, tenor and Jared Yackiw, baritone. Since 2011, Marchitelli and Swanson have been performing as the Decho Ensemble, on concert series, radio & TV throughout North America and in Europe. Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for saxophones the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music. As chamber musicians, they have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs. In 2015 their collaboration with Nicholas Childs and Jared Yackiw led to the formation of the Decho Quartet.

Swanson teaches for Jamestown Community College, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, New Horizons of Western New York, and the Gowanda Central School District. Marchitelli serves on faculty at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Childs, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, is the graduate assistant in saxophone at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia. Yackiw, a graduate of the saxophone and composition studios at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, is currently pursing a Masters of Music.

Their program will include Jean-Baptiste Singelée’s Premier Quartour (1857), Dan Knorr’s Saxophone Quartet (2012), Quartette (1879) by Caryl Florio, selections from Bach’s Die Kunst der Fugue, Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango (1986) and Phillip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (1995).

They perform on American made, vintage Buescher saxophones.

Sunday, April 17 at 2pm

imageThe Neave Piano Trio

We welcome the return of the Neave Trio, Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, ‘cello and Toni James, piano, an encore for their very well received de Blasiis debut recital last fall. It seemed that virtually every member of that audience greeted me enthusiastically with “don’t wait bring them back soon!” And to be honest, we couldn’t wait to comply and, at our post-concert repast planning began! Hailed by critics as ”absolutely stunning”, an “up-and-coming ensemble”, praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” and nominated by the Boston Phoenix as the “Best of Boston”.

The trio, whose members hail from the United States, Scotland and Russia, was named the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence at San Diego State University in the Fall of 2012. Graduates of the Eastman, Manhattan and Longy Schools of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow, the Neave Trio has enjoyed international success at recital and festival performances in the United States, Canada, South America, UK and Europe, performing in some of the world’s finest concert halls. All rising young soloists, they have enjoyed international concert and competition success spanning four continents, with recent notable performances in Guatemala, Belgium and Russia, as well as a recital appearance at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Trio members have studied with artists Natalia Gutman, Terry King, Barry Snyder, Victor Rosenbaum, Patinka Kopec, Irina Muresanu and Laura Bossert, among others. For more on The Neave Trio go to

Sunday, May 15 at 2pm

imageThe Alturas Duo - Carlos Boltes, viola & charanga and Scott Hill, guitar

For our 2015-16 finale we welcome back the delightful duo, which was a hit of our Fall, 2013 offerings and, again, planning for a return began at the post-concert dinner. The Alturas Duo (whose name is Spanish for heights) has been recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola & charango with the guitar, in doing so creating a passionate music, that moves with ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo.

The Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and throughout the US and Puerto Rico including recitals at: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Series, La Guitarra California, and the 34th International Viola Congress. Always in search of new music and collaborations, the Duo has performed with artists as diverse as: charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, guitarist and composer Horacio Salinas; flutists Nicole Esposito and Janet Arms, and quena virtuoso Marcelo Pena-Lobo; pianist Polly Ferman and Argentine bandoneon legend, Daniel Binelli. Their repertoire includes commissions, arrangements and transcriptions and includes recent works by Javier Farias, Raimundo Penaforte, Alexander Silas Walker, Ben Starr and Ronald Pearl.

Last season saw the Duo maintaining a busy schedule of concerts, master classes and lectures, including premieres by Masatora Goya, Russell Nadel and performances in Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala and throughout the United States. For more information visit




imageGiovannina (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