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The Violin Comes of Age: Italian and German Virtuoso Violin Music and Cantatas circa 1700

The Canzonetta Baroque Ensemble

Saturday, May 28, 2022
@ 8:00 pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

This performance is part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum's Concerts & Conversations Series.

Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Piano Performance Museum presents The Canzonetta Baroque Ensemble, “The Violin Comes of Age” on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 8:00 PM at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, NY.

By the beginning of the 17th century the violin had outgrown the limits of its traditional role as a dance band instrument, and quickly became established as the preferred instrument for virtuoso soloistic playing as well as the mainstay of most instrumental ensembles. Successive generations of violinists expanded the instrument's technical range, and famous violin virtuosi were highly sought after in the cultural centers of Europe. Yet for several generations the violin retained something of a reputation as an upstart of questionable lineage, and it was not until final decades of the 17th century that violin music achieved a status comparable to that of its aristocratic cousins the viols, or of vocal music. The violin's rise in status has been credited largely to the achievements of Archangelo Corelli in Italy and Heinrich Biber in Germany. Yet their performances on the violin were equalled, and sometimes surpassed by those of a number of contemporaries, notably Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, Johann Jacob Walther, and Johann Paul von Westhoff, who until recently been relatively neglected.

The Canzonetta Ensemble will present a program of virtuoso violin sonatas of the late 17th century by Corelli, Lonati, and Walther, with cantatas with violins by Steffani and Alessandro Scarlatti, featuring acclaimed violin virtuoso Theresa Salomon and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart, with Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord, John Mark Rozendaal, cello, and director Richard Kolb, theorbo.


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Academy of Fortepiano Performance Resident Artist Concert

Viennese Masters and Ukrainian Dreams: Fortepiano Music from the 18th and 19th Centuries

Audrey Axinn
Maria Rose
Yi-heng Yang

with Guest Sylvia Berry

Saturday, June 11, 2022
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Performed on an original 1826 Conrad Graf grand piano, and other historic pianos from the Steven E Greenstein Collection at the Piano Performance Museum

The renowned faculty of the Academy of Fortepiano Performance will present a diverse program of music played on historical pianos from the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum, Steven E. Greenstein collection. The sound world of the Viennese masters like Mozart and Schubert is recreated as the music is performed on the instruments of their time. Viennese influence stretched to the cultural life of Ukraine, as will be heard in the music of Ukrainian composers Dmitri Bortnianskij and Mykola Lysenko.

Featuring faculty members Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose and Yi-heng Yang (fortepiano). They will be joined by special guest fortepianist Sylvia Berry, who will also be teaching a masterclass on June 13.

Audrey Axinn is a sensitive and vibrant performer on historical pianos and a teacher of historical piano performance at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music. She was the associate dean and a member of the team that launched Juilliard's new international branch campus in China.

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose, a native of the Netherlands, is a brilliant performer on historical pianos, covering a wide range of repertoire. She also holds a PhD in musicology from New York University and has published many articles on piano performance practice.

Yi-heng Yang is an ardent proponent of using historical instruments to bring the literature of the piano to life. She teaches at Juilliard and recently made her Carnegie Hall debut with Karim Sulayman, tenor, playing Schubert Songs with a Viennese fortepiano.

The Academy of Fortepiano Performance is funded in part by donations from private individuals and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation.

About the Academy of Fortepiano Performance
The Academy of Fortepiano Performance was co-founded by fortepianists Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Yi-heng Yang in 2017 to provide an inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historical performance for students, professionals, amateurs, and audiences. Hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum in the idyllic mountain setting of Hunter, New York,  the intimate performance hall, impressive piano museum, and comfortable student lodging are all in close proximity to each other and just 2 1/2 hours north of New York City. The Academy is open to students, professionals, and adult amateurs.


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Academy of Fortepiano Performance Guest Artist Concert

Pierre Goy and Friends: A Fortepiano Concert

Saturday, June 18, 2022
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Pierre Goy returns from Switzerland for his second concert at the Doctorow Center. He will be joined by some of the young artists who are attending the AFP workshop.

Mr. Goy has become known as one of the most versatile and thoughtful performers on historical instruments. Having studied with prominent European teachers, including Fausto Zadra, Esther Yellin, and Vlado Perlemuter, he is equally at home playing Romantic virtuoso repertoire as 18th century music for the harpsichord and clavichord. His discography includes piano music by Chopin, Liszt, and Mozart, as well as harpsichord music by A.L. Couperin. Pierre Goy is the creator of the Rencontres Internationales Harmoniques which has brought together instrument makers, musicians, musicologists and museum curators around historic instruments every two years since 2002.

Pierre Goy teaches piano at the Conservatory of Vevey and at the Conservatory of Lausanne, where he also shares his passion for early music by organizing seminars on ancient instruments. At the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, he teaches clavichord and pianoforte in the Department of Early Music.

The Academy of Fortepiano Performance is funded in part by donations from private individuals and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation.

About the Academy of Fortepiano Performance
The Academy of Fortepiano Performance was co-founded by fortepianists Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Yi-heng Yang in 2017 to provide an inspiring and practical immersion into the world of historical performance for students, professionals, amateurs, and audiences. Hosted by the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum in the idyllic mountain setting of Hunter, New York, the intimate performance hall, impressive piano museum, and comfortable student lodging are all in close proximity to each other and just 2 1/2 hours north of New York City. The Academy is open to students, professionals, and adult amateurs.


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National Dance Institute Mountaintop Summer Residency Performance

A BEAUTIFUL MOSAIC

Saturday, July 23, 2022
@7:00 pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

National Dance Institute returns to the Catskill Region this summer to conduct a two-week dance intensive for local children. This year’s theme, "A Beautiful Mosaic," reflects our diverse community residing in the natural beauty of the Catskill Mountains, home of America's first School of Art. The program will culminate in a joyful performance featuring local students, with special guest dancers from NDI's Celebration Team in New York City. Colorful banners created over the many years of our collaboration will provide a backdrop for the performance. This is a high energy event that draws large crowds every year!


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Hunter International Music Festival

The American String Quartet

Saturday, July 30, 2022
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

“…luxurious, beautifully sculpted performances”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES

Internationally recognized as one of the world's finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. The group’s presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart have won widespread critical acclaim, and their MusicMasters Complete Mozart String Quartets, performed on a matched quartet set of instruments by Stradivarius, are widely considered to have set the standard for this repertoire.


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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Friday, August 12, 2022
@7:30 pm

Saturday, August 13, 2022
@ 7:30 pm

Sunday, August 14, 2022
@ 2:00 pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

The magic returns to the Orpheum Theater this summer with CMF’s spectacular production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which premiered during the summer of 2019. This unique production, conceived by former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, transports the audience to an enchanted wood to witness what hilarity unfolds, when fairies meddle with the love lives of mortals. All ends well with a triple wedding and gala ballet. Dancers from the country’s most elite dance programs join with students of CMF’s Orpheum Dance Program and don gossamer fairy wings in this midsummer comedic ballet. Actors, under the direction of theater artist Zach Gibson, provide comedic scenes and narration from Shakespeare’s play. The acting melds beautifully with the charming choreography by Margo Sappington and Victoria Rinaldi, and the Mendelssohn score is sumptuous, creating an evening that is a perfect combination of spoken word and dance.


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Sylvan Winds Ensemble

Saturday, September 10, 2022
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

Hailed by the New York Times for "…its venturesome programming and stylishness of performance," the Sylvan Winds has appeared under the auspices of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Caramoor International Music Festival. Chosen to perform at the NY Governor’s Arts Awards, the ensemble has presented imaginative and scintillating programs of chamber works for winds in such places as Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the White Mountains, the Cape Cod and Skaneateles Festivals, Rutgers University’s Summerfest, Amherst College, the Chicago Chamber Music Society and the Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul, Korea. They have recorded for the Koch Classics, and CRI/New World, and North/South labels, and have enjoyed collaborations with such distinguished artists as Gerard Schwarz, Ransom Wilson, the Guarneri String Quartet, pianist Claude Frank, radio personality Robert Sherman, and actor Louis Zorich.


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Romantically French: Music of Debussy, Ravel and Cécile Chaminade

Dr. Joanne Polk, Piano; Dr. Jeffrey Langford, lecture

Saturday, November 5, 2022
@ 2:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

Come explore the rich variety of French music, from the male and female perspective, at the turn of the 19th century.


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Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra

Music for Harp & String Orchestra

Robert Manno, Conductor
Jacqueline Kerrod, Harp
Sato Moughalian, Flute

Saturday, November 26, 2022
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter

The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra returns to the Doctorow Center for a Thanksgiving weekend concert, including Ralph Vaughan Williams: Variants on Dives and Lazarus for Strings & Harp; Sir Edward Elgar: Sospiri for Strings & Harp; Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane for Harp & String Orchestra; Robert Manno: Petit Voyage en Nostalgie for Flute, Harp & String Orchestra; Howard Hanson: Serenade for Flute, Harp & String Orchestra; Jacqueline Kerrod: New Work for Harp & String Orchestra (Premiere); Jean Sibelius: Elegie from King Christian Suite II; and, Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.

Since 2000 the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra under the direction of composer/conductor, Robert Manno has earned accolades and national attention through the many broadcasts of its live performances from the Windham Chamber Music Festival and Catskill Mountain Foundation over American Public Media’s Performance Today. The orchestra is comprised of the finest musicians from the New York area and includes current and former members of the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, NYC Opera Orchestra, NYC Ballet Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many other esteemed New York area ensembles.

Robert Manno is Co-Director of the Windham Chamber Music Festival, an award-winning composer, and an acclaimed conductor whose many performances from the Windham Festival and the Catskill Mountain Foundation have been featured nationally on “Performance Today.” The Atlanta Audio Society has described him as “a composer of serious music of considerable depth and spiritual beauty.”


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THE NUTCRACKER

SIX PERFORMANCES

Friday, December 2, 2022
@7:30 pm

Saturday, December 3, 2022
@ 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2022
@ 2:00 pm

Friday, December 9, 2022
@ 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2022
@ 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2022
@ 2:00 pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Village of Tannersville

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi and choreographer Margo Sappington, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite of residents of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. The CMF Nutcracker, now in its sixth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest Nutcrackers in upstate New York.

In this special holiday production, select guest artists will dazzle in the major dance roles. Victoria Rinaldi works with the community to stage the party, battle, angels and Mother Ginger. Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington returns to play Auntie Drosselmeyer.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King. According to folklore, nutcrackers represent power and strength and bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The story of The Nutcracker is a dream about good triumphing evil through the goodness of heart of a young child. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted by E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.


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