Tessa Lark Balances Classical Violin Virtuosity with Appalachian Roots for Troy Chromatics

TessaLark7:30 pm • Friday, October 6th 2017
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Troy, NY

Well now … I am a bit behind in getting this out, and for that I apologize. Working on a project that has my plate full in addition to grant deadlines looming. I will share more with you in my next post in a couple of days. But… the weekend is upon us and there are so many wonderful musicking opportunities to take in. If only we could go to them all!

Friday night (tonight) Troy Chromatic Concerts opens it 121st season at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with Tessa Lark performing a program that includes her own music, which incorporates the musical influence of her Kentucky upbringing, plus works by Kreisler, Korngold, Ravel, and the wedding present César Franck gave to his friend Eugene Ysaÿe.

If you are not familiar with the extraordinary violinist Tessa Lark, she is a recitalist and active chamber musician whose programs often mix classical compositions and traditional Appalachian fiddle and bluegrass tunes to keep herself in touch with her roots. She collaborated with Mark O’Connor on his CD “MOC4,” released in June 2014. She also plays jazz violin, most recently performing with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. Lark’s own Appalachian Fantasy, which is included on the Troy Chromatics program, was part of her Distinctive Debuts recital at Carnegie Hall, where she also gave the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Spoon Bread, written specifically for her stylistic capabilities.

Tessa Lark will be joined by pianist Ellen Hwangbo and the program is to include:

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold —  Suite from Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11
  • T. LarkAppalachian Fantasy
  • Fritz KreislerLondonderry Air
  • Maurice Ravel — Sonata  No. 2 in G Major, M. 77 (“Blues”)
  • César Franck — Sonata in A Major

Do take a listen (below) to WMHT’s Rob Brown talk with Lark about the program and her love of The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. An interesting 10 minute listen. The concert begins at 7:30 pm, and you’ll want to know that there is a pre-concert talk at The Music Hall at 6:30 pm for ticket holders.

Before I close.. did you know that Troy Chromatic Concerts had its first concerts in private homes before presenting them in Troy’s acoustical gem.

Troy Chromatics was organized in 1894 by students of Troy music teacher J. Albert Jeffery, and led by David Cowee, Jr., the Chromatic Club presented its first concert in February of 1895 featuring world renowned artist Edward A. MacDowell. It was an enormous success and inspired the continuing commitment of ‘Chromatics’ to present the finest artists of their time. They’ve done pretty well for the first 120 years, and we wish the best success for the 121st season!

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