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Hill and Hollow Music kicks off concert series this Sunday

SARANAC The hills and the hollows of the town of Saranac will be alive with the sound of music this weekend as an acclaimed acapella group comes to town. Renowned male vocal ensemble Lionheart will perform this Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Church of the Assumption in the hamlet of Redford. The concert will be the first in a series of seven Sunday afternoon concerts presented by Hill and Hollow Music, a not-for-profit chamber music organization based in Saranac. Hill and Hollow Music executive director Angela Brown said having Lionheart as the opening artists for the concert series is tremendously exciting. The Church of the Assumption in Redford will be a perfect venue for them, said Brown. Its a gem of a church with just the right acoustics for medieval vocal music. They are wonderful performers and I know the audience will love them. Lionhearts performance will speak to Hill and Hollow Musics role in celebrating the Champlain Quadricentennial in 2009. The entire concert series will be performed in French or with a French theme, said Brown. Having been a devout Catholic, Samuel de Champlain, for whom the quadricentennial will be celebrated, would have been familiar with this music, said Brown. The compositions on Sundays program emanate from Notre Dame in Paris. After coming to North America in 1602, Champlain made six return trips to Paris, where he conducted a lot of business with the crown and the church to promote colonization in New France, she explained. One of his most important efforts was to establish Catholicism in this land, both to support the colonistsand to convert the natives. The Hill and Hollow Music concert series will continue with a performance by Asteria, a soprano-tenor duet, that will be held Nov. 16 at the Saranac United Methodist Church, 8 UMC Road. The performance will include secular love songs from the Court of Burgundy, in 15th century France. The last concert to round out the year will be held Dec. 28 also at the Methodist church, featuring the Chris Norman Ensemble, a traditional folk music group from Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. Additional performances will continue in the new year with Le Bon Vent in February, Les Bor_es in March, Raz-de-Mar_in April and the Baltimore Consort in May. General admission tickets for Sundays Lionheart performance and all Hill and Hollow concerts in Saranac are $15. Tickets may be obtained in advance by mail or at the door. Member discounts and subscription rates are available. Lionheart will also give a mini-concert at Lake Forest Senior Living in Plattsburgh this Saturday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Dinner With a View series. For more information, contact Brown at 293-7613 or visit www.hillandhollowmusic.org.

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