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Composer with local roots to be celebrated

BOLTON LANDING - The music of the late American composer Samuel Barber, who hailed from Lake George, will be celebrated in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday July 31 at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, 4800 Lake Shore Drive. The concert features Hyperion String Quartet, Baritone Christopher Herbert with special guest, Sarah Leibowitz on piano. Admission to the concert is $25.

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was the nephew of renowned contralto Louise Homer and composer Sidney Homer. In his youth, Barber spent summers at the Lake George estate of his aunt and uncle. Barber's cousin, pianist Sarah Leibowitz, granddaughter of Louise and Sidney Homer, will perform one of her grandfather's compositions at the concert.

Recently, Leibowitz recalled her grandfather's prolific gift for writing songs, many of which were created for his wife.

"They are all very deeply moving and show his very sensitive, as well as creative personality," Leibowitz said. "His instrumental music is also remarkably beautiful, but with great power. He brought out the strength and beauty of each instrument."

For details, visit www.thesembrich.org or contact the museum at 644-2431.

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