de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde

              

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FALL 2014-SPRING 2015                

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 www.deblasiis-chamber-music.org.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2 pm:  Rolf Schulte, violin & James Winn, piano
The duo of Rolf Schulte and James Winn, old friends of our series, open the 2014-2015 season with a program of Beethoven's Sonata in Eb, op. 12, no.3, Schumann's Adagio & Allegro and the Sonata, op. 18 of Richard Strauss.

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Rolf Schulte maintains an active career as a soloist and chamber music performer in the U.S. and abroad. He has given the premieres of new concertos and other works and made a series of important recordings, including Schoenberg's Violin Concerto and performed the complete violin works of Igor Stravinsky at the Berlin Festwochen.

His long-time colleague, James Winn, is professor of piano and composition at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia. With his due-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. He has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, and a member of the New York New Music Ensemble. He is the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

A specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premiers and premier recordings by many renowned composers, including 13 Pulitzer Prize winners. Winn is featured in more than three dozen CD's as soloist, chamber musician, and composer.  

Upper left: Rolf Schultze
Upper right: James Winn

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2pm: Neave Trio

imageWe welcome the Neave Trio, Anna Williams, violin, Mickhail Veselov, cello, and Toni James, piano, for its deBlasiis Series debut recital.

Hailed by critics as "absolutely stunning", and "up-and-coming ensemble", praised for its "heart-on-sleeve performance" 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 and festival performances in the US, 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, Patrinka Kopec, Irina Muresanu and Laura Bossert, among others.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2pm: Teresa Walters, piano

We welcomimagee the renowned pianist Teresa Walters for her first appearance on our stage. Ms. Walters' mesmerizing performances on today's international concert stages inspire unanimous praise. Hailed as "The International First Lady of Piano", she is described by Austrian National Television as "that rare musical phenomenon" and "one of the world's most significant pianists". Her prestigious invitations to perform in honor of the 2011 Liszt Bicentennial included Copenhagen's Hungarian Embassy and Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall.

In recent years she has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 United States at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow's Great Hall, Australia's International Conservatorium and Jerusalem's Concert Hall.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2pm: Ashu, classical saxophone

imageMany people have never heard the saxophone in "classical" music. Ashu is working to change this. He says, "It's really an incredible instrument. It can play with such emotional intensity, sing like a voice, and effortlessly project in the largest of halls. It's capable of a lot of really beautiful things."

He has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style. While virtuosity continues to thrill listeners, his artistry reaches far beyond this, demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists.

Ashu's concerto appearances last year included major halls throughout Russia, South Africa, Great   Britain, Finland, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Canada, and the USA, with venues including New York's Carnegie Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Singapore's Esplanade. Other recent solo tours have taken him throughout Vienna, Lisbon, Munich, France, Switzerland, Norway and the French West Indies.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2pm: Ensemble Vivant

imageEnsemble Vivant is hailed as "Canada's Chamber Music Treasure" (Toronto Star). This outstanding group has been in demand touring various parts of the globe for over 20 years. Since its inception, Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world championing an exciting and innovative genre-diverse repertoire ranging from classical to Latin and other jazz persuasions. The group receives accolades international in both the classical and jazz worlds, and its 12 recordings have become classics which are heard around the globe.

Led by the group's founder, pianist and artistic director Catherine Wilson, the ensemble is comprised of Sybil Shanahan, Stephen Sitarski and Norman Hathaway. These sensational performers bring rich lyricism, passionate depth of artistry and sensuous, virtuosic playing to their performances.   

Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2pm: Trio 826        LAST PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON

Trio 826 was creimageated by three friends in 2011 to explore ideas for innovation in the performance of classical music. The trio's members are Susanna Klein, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; and Hannah Holman, violoncello.  All are seasoned musicians and have vast experience as orchestral and chamber musicians, soloists, and educators.

Their mission is to "be an agent of change in the classical arena. We hope to be curious about our audience, take on risk in new presentations, and bring classical music to life as we perform new and standard repertoire in a variety of venues. We are committed to expanding the repertoire for string trio through the commission and performance of new works."

This is the trio's second performance on our stage. Since their de Blasiis debut, their busy schedule has included two residencies at the University of Northern Iowa, performances for the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, the Castle Series at Warburg College at the Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Ambrose University, the Ardeche Festival, France, and the Porto Alegre, Brazil.  

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History

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.

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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

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