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Ticonderoga to host community concert

Lake Placid Sinfonietta to perform Aug. 3

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta has announced its 2013 summer series schedule.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta has announced its 2013 summer series schedule.

— The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is coming to Ticonderoga.

The oldest orchestra in the Adirondacks, the sinfonietta will perform Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church on Father Jogues Place. The concert will be free of charge.

The show is being sponsored by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance as part of the alliance’s new cultural arts initiative.

“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.

Woods said the alliance is now seeking sponsors for the concert.

“Sponsors will not only be giving financial support to help make this concert possible, but will lend credibility and leadership to alliance’s efforts to revitalize Ticonderoga through cultural arts initiatives,” he said. “We hope you will accept this invitation to support and attend the event. Sponsors names will also be printed on the invitation and in the program for the evening.”

Following expenses, event proceeds will benefit cultural arts programs offered by the alliance and festival guild, with a portion being donated to St. Mary’s Parish.

Interested sponsors can contact Woods, Betsy Lowe or Jim Major at 565-0054.

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.

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