Out of the Pit: Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

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at The Star Theater • Cherry Valley, NY

Fenimore String Quartet & Friends
7:30 pm • Sunday, August 2nd 2015

Glimmerglass Orchestra Chamber Concert
7:30 pm • Sunday, August 9th 2015

Big Galut(e): “The Tale of Monish” (premiere)
7:30 pm • Sunday, August 16th 2015

For four seasons, Cherry Valley Artworks and The Star Theater has provided a place to play for the musicians of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra who spend most of their time playing in the darkness of the orchestra pit at the Alice Busch Opera Theater down the road. This year marks season number 5, and these musicians once again are coming to out play in their time off as major rehearsals have come to an end and the Glimmerglass Festival is going into full rep for the rest of the season.

Whether you are a seasoned music lover or someone who thinks they don’t like “classical music,” the Cherry Valley Artworks series of three concerts gives you a tapas menu to sample a bit of this and that and the work of these wonderful performers outside of the orchestra pit!

Here are this summer’s selections:

  • The Fenimore String Quartet [Ruotao Mao and Jennifer Myers, violins;  Jeannine Fancher, viola; and Ruth Berry, cello] — Sunday, August 2nd — celebrates its fifth season together by performing Felix Mendelssohn‘s D Major quartet (Opus 44), a piece which audiences and performers cherish for its earnest passion and unusual virtuosity. Then four of their Glimmerglass  wind player colleagues join the “Fenimores” in a performance of Franz Schubert‘s magnificent Octet. Certainly a program to delight the ear!
  • Often referred to as the program with Ensembles Large and SmallSunday, August 9th— members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra come out to party with a marvelously fun-packed program that gets curated by violinist Ubaldo Valli. With this concert you can expect the unexpected as this annual concert has brought everything from tuba solos to full chamber orchestra performances to the stage of The Star Theater. So yes, these pit orchestra members let loose with everything from chamber music (classical and jazz) to solos to Broadway tunes without being shy about their mastery. No doubt, there will be something for every music lover.
  • On Sunday August 16th, one can find out what happens when the devil’s wife visit a Polish shtetl? In this special treat from the much loved ensemble Big Galut(e) —an ensemble whose members, for the most part, are sourced from the musical talents and minds of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra musicians—comes the premiere of The Tale of Monish. Written by ensemble member Sasha Margolis, it is a theater piece in the style of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire de Soldat with musical seasoning from Klezmer to tango, with hints of Shostakovich, Debussy, Bartok and Xavier Cugat. Once again, you can expect a healthy dose of the usual Klezmer lore as well as a little Mahler and Musorgsky too!

These concerts are what happens when you let the musicians out of the orchestra pit … full of fun and a bit of summer hoopla all wrapped with musical mastery that cannot be ignored. I really hope that you get to go and sample at least one of them!  Enjoy!!

Upcoming Events

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “Cato in Utica”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Tuesday, August 4th 2015 at 1:30 pm

  • Tanglewood on Parade: Boston Symphony Orchestra, TMC Orchestra, Boston Pops, and more
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Tuesday, August 4th 2015 at 8:30 pm

  • Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC: Opening Night with Bernadette Peters
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Wednesday, August 5th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Tanglewood: baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser | Schubert “Winterriese”
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Wednesday, August 5th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “Candide”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Thursday, August 6th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano | Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Thursday, August 6th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Tanglewood: pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma | Brahms
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Thursday, August 6th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC performs Boccherini
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, August 7th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “The Magic Flute”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Friday, August 7th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC with cellist Yo-Yo Ma | Ravel, Haydn, Strauss
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Friday, August 7th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra with violinist Leonidas Kavakos | Ravel, Sibelius, Stravinsky
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Friday, August 7th 2015 at 8:30 pm

  • Maverick Young People’s Concert: Miró Quartet | Mozartean Musical Game
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY
    Saturday, August 8th 2015 at 11:00 am

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “Candide”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, August 8th 2015 at 1:30 pm

  • Miró Quartet: Schubert and Beethoven
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY
    Saturday, August 8th 2015 at 6:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “Macbeth”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, August 8th 2015 at 8:00 pm