continued The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is the oldest orchestra in the Adirondacks.
“The sinfonietta is the longest standing orchestra in the Adirondacks, approaching 100 years,” said Justin Woods, alliance CEO. “It contains 20 superb musicians performing under Music Director Ron Spigelman. This promises to be an enchanting musical evening in a fabulous acoustical setting as the alliance and its partners continue to engage the public in various cultural arts initiatives.”
Cathie Burdick, executive director of the Ticonderoga Festival Guild, said her group is looking forward to collaborating with the Ti Revitalization Alliance.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta traces its roots to 1917 when an 11-member Boston symphony ensemble began performing at the Lake Placid Club. In 1939 the Boston artists discontinued their Adirondack performances, but Dr. Paul White, then associate conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastman School Symphony, created the Lake Placid Club Sinfonietta with 10 Rochester Philharmonic musicians and ensemble pianist Carl Lamson.
The group was forced to sit out 1945 because of World War II, but re-organized in 1946 and has been performing since.
This summer the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will perform a series of concerts at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and will offer free outdoor community concerts each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Paul White Memorial Shell in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid.
The group will also take to the road, performing in several Adirondack communities — including Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Community Band features local musicians, ranging from students to senior citizens, under the direction of French, music teacher at Crown Point Central School. The band practices once a week throughout the summer in preparation for its annual community concert.