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The centerpieces of the festival are two concerts devoted to titans of Romantic music and highlighting their connections to the Catskill region:  Antonin Dvorak, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and early Hollywood composer Victor Herbert.  Like many other celebrated artists, composers and writers of the 1880’s and 1890’s, for a time they orbited around the founder of New York’s National Conservatory of Music, Jeannette Thurber, and her sister-in-law Candace Wheeler, the redoubtable textile designer, author and business partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany.   Both women were founders of an arts colony in contiguous Greene County, NY where they created a summer playground for their friends and entertained the literati and glitterati of the day—with no indoor plumbing.

Guest performers include: Peter Zazofsky, winner of the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition, soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and first violinist of the Muir Quartet; and pianist and conductor, Michael Chertock, frequent soloist with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. “We are committed to bringing the very best artists and leading pedagogues to continue this new musical tradition, here in the breathtaking environment that inspired the Hudson River School painters and generations of artists since,” says Hanani. 


Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 7 pm
Carey Institute’s Guggenheim Pavilion
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
www.careyinstitute.org

This performance showcases piano and cello works of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who stands as one of the last links between 19th century romanticism and modern times. The oceanic, enveloping sound Rachmaninoff's music generates and his ability to stun audiences with performances of his fiendishly difficult pieces helped make him one of the highest paid performers of his time, one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century, and a veritable "rock star" of classical music. His visits to the Catskills date to the 1930’s, when he was living as a White Russian exile in Hollywood. The program also includes ragtime selections by Zez Confrey and others.

FREE to the public! Welcome to the 2015 Festival!

Performers include: Michael Chertock, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello


Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8 pm
Basilica Hudson
110 S Front St
Hudson, NY 12534
www.basilicahudson.com
Advance tickets $20
Tickets purchased at the door: $25 General; $10 Students

On Friday, August 14 at 8:00 PM, the Catskill High Peaks Festival presents "Music from High Peaks," featuring Catskill High Peaks Festival's renowned faculty and international rising young artists playing chamber music in Basilica's North Hall.

Filling the Basilica's resonant space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent, the program will feature both chamber and orchestral music, including a rare cello chorus playing Julius Klengel's Hymnus for 12 Cellos. Other musical selections will include works by Arvo Pärt, Villa-Lobos, Grieg, Bach Brandenburg Concerto, Dvorak, Mozart and more. 

Performers include: Guest Artists and Residents


Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 7 pm
Carey Institute’s Guggenheim Pavilion
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
www.careyinstitute.org

The centerpieces of this concert are Antonín Dvořák's glorious Piano Quartet in E flat opus 87 and his "American" Quartet. "Dvorak urged American composers to break away from Mother Europe and look to their own indigenous material to write the best music they could," says Yehuda Hanani. "He mined his own Bohemian folk material and advised Americans to do likewise. We will also include a musical tie-in to Mark Twain-a frequent guest visitor to the Northern Catskills-with a salon work by his son-in-law Ossip Gabrilowitch, and rare songs found in a piano bench at Olana, the country home of Hudson River painter Frederick Church."

FREE to the public! (sponsored by the Carey Institute)

Performers include: Peter Zazorsky and Renee Jolles, violin; Yehuda Hanani, Thomas Landschoot, Sae Rom Kwon, cello; Michael Chertock, Mikael Darmanie, piano; High Peaks Festival ensembles

Rensselaerville is a 35-minute drive from Hudson, NY over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.Directions from the bridge.

 

 



Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 7 pm
Carey Institute
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
Karen Quinn, senior curator at the New York State Museum
From Thomas Cole to Georgia O’Keeffe, American artists have been drawn to the beauty of New York.  Sites from the Catskills to Niagara Falls and from Long Island to Lake George all have drawn painters to explore the natural wonders of the state.  Focusing on the Hudson River Valley, this presentation will look at works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries inspired by the glorious landscape.
Admission $10 Call 518-797-5100


Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4 pm

Carey Institute
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
Yehuda Hanani and guest artists
Advance: $10; Door: $15


Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2 pm

Carey Institute
100 Pond Hill Road
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
Lyris Hung
Donations Accepted

The festival offers a series of illuminating talks, a “Meet the Artists Tea and Talk,” and free classes and workshops offered each day.

Information about concerts, free master classes, Stars of Tomorrow concerts and Tea & Talk:
(800) 843-0778; or www.careyistitute.org (518) 797-3692.

 

Throughout the festival, a series of performances by talented up-and-coming musicians participating in the residency will provide audiences with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the classical music world’s future stars. This series of “Moonlight Sonatas” performances featuring top-tier young artists at the Carey Institute will be free and open to the public. This year’s program also features a “Buddy Day” on August 19, in which approximately 30 students from musically underserved Capital Region schools and Kids4Harmony in Pittsfield will participate in a full day of interaction with the Residents and Masters, culminating with a performance in the evening.

There is no admission charge for Master classes, but reservations are appreciated. Contact CHPF or call 800.843.0778.

MONDAY, AUGUST 10

Students Arrival,
staff meeting; dinner;
convocation

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11

2:00 pm  – Peg talk

4-5:45 pm: Master Class*
“The Piano – Sounds and Colors”
(Michael Chertock)
(Auditorium)

4-5:45 pm: Master Class*
“Contemporary Techniques
for String Players”
(Renee Jolles)
(Master Seminar Rm)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12

4-5:45 pm: Master Class*
“Romantic Sonatas”
(Peter Zazofsky)
(Auditorium)

4-5:45 pm: Master Class*
“The Natural Cellist –
A Holistic Approach to
the Instrument”
(Sae Rom Kwon)
(Master Seminar Rm)

7:00 pm: Talk -
A celebration of place:
American landscape painters
discover New York
(Karen Quinn)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13

4-5:45 pm: Master Class*
"Romantic Sonatas II"
Peter Zazofsky
(Auditorium)

7:30 pm: Moonlight Sonatas*
High Peaks Residents Perform
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14

2-3:45 pm: Master Class*
“Hearing Inner Voices”
(Pierre-Henri Xuereb)
(Auditorium)

8:00 pm Concert
"Music from High Peaks"
Basilica Hudson



SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

10-11:45 am: Master Class*
“Baroque Practice and Technique”
(Renee Jolles and Paul Dwyer)
(Auditorium)

4-5:45 am: Master Class*
“The Art of Collaboration –
Blending Piano and Strings”
(Michael Chertock)
(Auditorium)

7:30 pm: Moonlight Sonatas*
High Peaks Residents Perform



SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

2-3:45 pm: Master Class*
"Grand Cello Sonatas"
(Yehuda Hanani)

(Auditorium)

4:00 pm - Tea & Talk
Carey Institute

7:00 pm Concert
Guggenheim Pavilion

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 17

Trip to Tannersville

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

2:00 pm –  Talk*
Carey Institute
Strings and Instrument --
A Perfect Match
(Lyris Hung)

7:30 pm: Moonlight Sonatas*
High Peaks Residents Perform
Guggenheim Pavilion

                 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

Buddy Day

2-3:45 pm: Master Class*
“The Magic of Bach”
(Yehuda Hanani)
(Auditorium)

7:30 pm: Moonlight Sonatas*
High Peaks Residents Perform

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

Students Depart

 
* Donations Accepted – Carey Institute
 
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