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Hancock House to host social

Cellist to highlight March 16 event

A Saturday Afternoon Social will be held in Ticonderoga next weekend. The event, which will include live music, will be Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at the Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

A Saturday Afternoon Social will be held in Ticonderoga next weekend. The event, which will include live music, will be Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at the Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

— A Saturday Afternoon Social will be held in Ticonderoga next weekend.

The event, which will include live music, will be Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at the Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

“Saturday Afternoon Social is one of several events promoted by the Ticonderoga Area Cultural Arts Initiative during mArts Madness, March 2-March 17,” June Curtis, event coordinator, said. “Since this event was scheduled just after the initial advertising went to press, it is not listed on the rack cards. Please add this to your calendar now, plan to celebrate the cultural arts with us at the historic Hancock House and enjoy the fine classical music by the Adirondack Cellist.”

The social hour will feature a wine and cheese reception and Brian Donat, the Adirondack Cellist, performing music in the background. It is free of charge.

“Brian Donat is a professional musician and instructor who has been entertaining audiences throughout the Adirondack region for the past several years,” Curtis said. “Whether it’s Bach, Mendelssohn or Wagner, Brian has it in his repertoire. With strings being his specialty, he also offers lessons in cello, violin, bass and viola from his home in Ticonderoga, in Glens Falls at the Glens Falls Music Academy and in Plattsburgh.

“While growing up in Moorestown, N.J., Brian Donat started playing cello in the fourth grade,” she added. “Through middle and high school he studied with two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, then went on to major in cello performance at Houghton College in western New York. In the summer of 2012, he studied with the Cleveland Institute of Music’s professor of cello at the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, adding his name to a long list of musicians such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Kyung Wha Chung, Arnold Steinhardt, Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrell and Yo-Yo Ma who went on to establish international careers.”

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