The Saratoga Chamber Players return to the United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue & Henning Road on April 23 at 3PM with a program in honor of Dr. David Wasser who retired after almost 30 years of distinguished and varied service to all facets of the organization. As a long-time board member and volunteer as well as Board chair, David could be found housing musicians, making his special almond cookies for receptions and even moving chairs and music stands between pieces.
The concert will feature the voice of soprano Charlotte Dobbs with songs by Schubert and Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok” for soprano, violin, cello and piano. The program also includes Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat Major, op. 99 with SCP regulars, cellist Eliot Bailen and SCP Artistic Director/violinist Jill Levy, and with pianist Renana Gutman.
Charlotte Dobbs was last heard with SCP several years ago. She has sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, NY Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her opera engagements include the NY City Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater.
Jill Levy is well known to area audiences in her role as concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble and founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. New to SCP is Israeli pianist Renana Gutman. Ms. Gutman has performed as orchestral soloist with the Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro.
All four performers will greet attendees at a Meet-the-Musician reception following the concert. Tickets may be purchased on-line at
http://www.saratogachamberplayers.org/event/voice-piano-strings-beckon/ or at the door. Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $15; Children are admitted free of charge.
The concert is underwritten by a large group of friends and supporters of David Wasser and by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.