Toccatas to tangos to air as classical accordionist debuts at Sembrich

BOLTON LANDING - Classical accordionist Lidia Kaminska will make her North Country debut Saturday July 11in a recital at the Sembrich studio museum.

The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., includes varied and virtuosic repertoire, ranging from Baroque toccatas to contemporary tangos.

A native of Poland, Lidia Kaminska has performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Philadelphia Magazine claims she "transforms the accordion into a massive force - more pipe organ than squeezebox - and burns through classical repertoire with virtuosic speed and technique, causing jaws to drop."

Kaminska's program at the Sembrich includes a portion of "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi, sonatas by Scarlatti, and a Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach. An etude by Paganini, a prelude by Chopin, and a work by Khachaturian rounds out the program along with Spanish-flavored pieces by Zolotariev and Albeniz and a set of tangos by Piazzolla.

"We're always mindful of Marcella Sembrich's own roots in Eastern Europe, and we welcome the opportunity to feature Polish performers," said Richard Wargo, Sembrich artistic director. "People have commented on Lidia's fine musicianship and mastery of her instrument as well as her entertaining, engaging manner."

Lidia Kaminska began playing the accordion at the age of eight; by 11 she was competing in international competitions, and a year later gave solo performances in Holland, Austria and Germany. Kaminska has been presented in Carnegie's Zankel Hall and at Lincoln Center.

Seating at the Sembrich studio museum is limited. For reservations, call 644-2431. The ticket price of $20 includes a lakeside reception following the performance with opportunity to meet the artist. Her recent recording, on sale at the concert, is part of her personal mission to change the perception of the accordion from a folk medium suited to parlor entertainment to a classical instrument at home in the concert hall.

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