PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Saratoga Chamber Players celebrates 150 years of music and art in Saratoga during concerts on Saturday June 8 at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek at 7:30, repeated on June 9 at 3PM in Zankel Hall on the Skidmore College campus. The Zankel performance will be accompanied by a show of 150 years of art in Saratoga curated by Beverley Mastrianni.
For these concerts, Artistic Director Jill Levy will present Dvorak’s Cypresses for String Quartet, Mozart’s Sonata for Bassoon and Cello, Garfield’s Quartet for Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello and Brahms’ String Quartet, no. 2 in A minor. Saratoga audiences of 150 years ago would have listened to the Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak works. Recent SPAC attendees heard noted composer Bernard Garfield as principal bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra prior to his retirement.
Musicians participating in these concerts are part of the Saratoga Chamber Players family. Violinist Lucy Chapman last appeared in the SCP 25th anniversary concert in Zankel in December 2011. She chairs the New England Conservatory strings studio faculty, was Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and is first violin of the Muir Quartet. She was a Grammy Award winner for her recording with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Richard Goode. Violist Kathy Andrew and cellist Judith Serkin are both active musicians in Vermont. Andrew has been Concertmaster of the Berkshire Symphony and performs widely throughout New England. She toured the U.S. with Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim Tour”. Cellist Judith Serkin comes from a distinguished musical family. She was a founding member of both the Guilford Quartet and the Mendelssohn Quartet. She regularly plays and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Her daughter, Natalya Rose Vrbsky, has played with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has participated in numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen and Marlboro. She is currently Principal Bassoon in the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Violinist Jill Levy is now in her 18th season as Artistic Director of SCP. She has been Concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1983 and solos frequently with them, including a recent performance with Jaime Laredo. The New York Times review of the ASO’s 2011 Carnegie Hall appearance praised the “graceful solo from the concertmaster, Jill Levy.” Former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy, she is currently a regular member of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.
Holders of the Saratoga ArtsPass and children accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Tickets for all others are: Adults $18, Seniors $15, Students $12. The concert is sponsored in part by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and from ArtsFest. To charge with Master Card or Visa call 518-584-1427. For further information on the concerts, musician bios and photos, see www.saratogachamberplayers.org