de Blasiis Music Series 2019-20
Giovannina (Gio) and Virginia (Ginny) de Blasiis, two sisters from a musical family, founded the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series. 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. 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. The concert series still continues at The Hyde Collection today!
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2019 Concert Performances:
de Blasiis favorite Jameson Platte, and former principal cellist for the Glens Falls Symphony, returns with pianist and composer Matthew Quayle for an afternoon of soulful and passionate music highlighted by Serge Rachmaninoff’s famous Sonata for Cello and Piano.
3 pm, October 20
Ryan Noe, trumpet and Tae Kim, piano
Ryan Noe, the Principal Trumpet player for the Glens Falls Symphony is joined by Tae Kim, a pianist with a rare blend of rigorous execution and whimsical styling. Dr. Noe has a bold, beautiful sound and will be performing works by Gershwin, Richard Strauss, Copland and more.
Christopher Bush is the principal clarinet player for the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. He performs widely across the United States, Europe and Asia and is Director of the Summerland Music Series in Glens Falls, NY. From Carnegie Hall to the Conceretgebouw in Amsterdam, Taisiya Pushkar is described as a graceful pianist with an impeccable sense of timing. A cellist noted for her “solidity and verve” Molly Aronson has performed all over the world in classical settings as well as work with artists such as Rod Stewart, Josh Groban and Michael Buble.