de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde
Spring 2014 Concerts
All concerts are held in the Helen 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, April 27 at 2pm: The Botkin/Bullard/Wachmann Trio (Sean Botkin, piano; Suzanne Bullard, violoncello; Eric Wachmann, clarinet)
This newly minted ensemble was formed by friends and colleagues who have performed with one another in various ensembles over the past several years. It was only recently that they came together to explore the literature for this instrumental combination, culminating with the ensemble's debut in March 2013 with a performance of the Beethoven Trio in Bb, op. 11.
Steinway artist Sean Botkin has performed extensively in the United State, Europe, Central and South America, Russia and Asia as soloists and chamber musician. In 2012 he made his Chicago Symphony debut in the Rachmaninoff Fourth Piano Concerto.
Suzanna Bullard has performed in our series, in the Cedar Valley Music Festival and the Castle Chamber Series at Wartburg College. She has been a member of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony for over 10 years and has played with the Schenectady Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera among others.
Erich Wachmann is professor of clarinet at Wartburg College and principal clarinet of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. He has also performed with the Cedar Rapids, Greensboro (North Carolina), Windsor (Ontario) and Ottawa symphonies, among others, and is also active in chamber music and as a soloist in the U.S. and Europe. He has recorded two CD's, the Music of Brahms and Schuman, and one with works of the French composers known as Les Six.
Sunday, June 1 at 2pm: Diana Fanning, piano
Diane Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Germany.
Ms. Fanning has been guest artist with the Takas, the Jupiter, and the Alexander string quartets, and with cellist Dieuwke Davydov. She has toured Europe, including recording for Radio Netherlands.The Davydov-Fanning Duo was presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut by the Concert Artists Guild International competition. Her CD of works of Janacek, Chopin, and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in both England and the United States.Ms. Fanning has appeared many times as soloist with the Vermont Symphony and in her debut appearance with the VSO, the concertmaster was Virginia de Blasiis.
Ms. Fanning studies in New York with Ruth Geiger, her principal teacher, and also at the Paris Conservatory with Marcelle Heuclin. She is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College in Vermont.
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.
Above right: Virginia de Blasiis, George Finckel, 1940s.
Above: Virginia de Blasiis, ca. 1930, The Hyde Archive