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Lake Placid Sinfonietta set for final show in 2011 summer series

 David van Hoesen

David van Hoesen

— The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will present its last program of the 2011 summer season at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Saturday evening, Aug. 13.

True to this year’s theme of, “Let’s Go,” the orchestra will “move” around Europe and the Mediterranean with musical salutes to many countries. The centerpiece of the evening will be the farewell solo performance by bassoon virtuoso David van Hoesen, who played his first concert with the Sinfonietta in 1947. He has been a regular member of the orchestra for an astonishing 64 years.

Other pieces on the program are Skalkottas’s Greek Dances, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances, Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1, opus 25 and the traditional finale of the Haydn Farewell Symphony with ritual exit of the musicians by candlelight.

“This is our sixth weekly ‘home’ concert,” Sinfonietta music director Ron Spigelman said. “The summer has flown by so rapidly that it seems just yesterday when we played our first note. Many members of our orchestra come here every summer for a season of glorious music in the most beautiful area imaginable. We look forward to 2012.”

Closing in on its 100th year of summer performances, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta serves communities throughout the Adirondack Park. In addition to LPCA concerts, the orchestra plays informal concerts in public parks and much appreciated performances in outlying communities. Many of our musicians are accomplished principals with major orchestras throughout the country and often appear as featured soloists.

Seating at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is limited but some tickets are usually available at the door. It is best to telephone the box office between 1 and 5 p.m. at 523-2512. Tickets are $22 each. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

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