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Many Performances Still Viewable on YouTube!
This year, we have already presented several online, virtual performances, many of which are still viewable on our YouTube page. Like and Subscribe so you can see our events LIVE!
We will continue to work with our artists to offer more virtual, recorded performances for the rest of the year, and will hold a few select limited seating in-person performances.
We are hoping to present The Nutcracker live in the Orpheum in December 2021.
FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVERS
International Fortepiano Salons
with the Academy of Fortepiano Performance
Informal online performances and discussions LIVE on Facebook and YouTube, with guest artists and students from around the world.
Hosted by Maria Rose & Yiheng Yang, Academy of Fortepiano Performance
With Guest Co-hosts from Around the World
All past Salons are still viewable on YouTube!
Salon #1: Meet My Piano
Hosted by Yiheng Yang and Maria Rose, Academy of Fortepiano Performance
The first International Fortepiano Salon was a great success—more than 80 people joined us from as far away as California, Switzerland, and China. AFP Faculty members Maria Rose and Yi-heng Yang introduce the series and perform brief fortepiano pieces by Haydn and Nicholas Séjan from their homes. They also introduce the annual workshop of the Academy of Fortepiano Performance and play an excerpt from their concert on the newly acquired 1826 Graf Piano at the Piano Performance Museum in Hunter, NY. Participants include Matthew Bengtson, Charles Metz in California, and Audrey Vardanega in New York City; playing works by Mozart and Beethoven.
Salon #2: From Ann Arbor to Florence and Vienna
Co-hosted by Matthew Bengston, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Matthew Bengtson, Professor at the University of Michigan, co-hosted the second salon, following his exciting and warmly-received Mozart performance in Salon #1. Matthew performs the first movement of Beethoven's sonata op. 31/1 and introduces his student Angie Zhang, who plays a movement of Mozart K.310. Well known fortepianist Richard Fuller in Vienna plays a movement of a Johann Baptist Vanhall sonata, Patricia Garcia Gil gives us a brief tour of the Laboratorio of the collection "Academia Bartolomeo Cristofori" in Florence and plays the first movement of Beethoven's op. 13 sonata. Finally, Hilda Huang (New York) plays a sonata of C.P.E. Bach and an open discussion ends the program.
Salon #3: Beethoven According to Moscheles: Legato Playing, Pedalling and Piano Traditions in the 19th Century
Co-hosted by Pierre Goy, Geneva, Switzerland
Pierre Goy, guest artist at AFP in 2018, presents a project he undertook with his students at the conservatories in Geneva and Lausanne. Based on Ignaz Moscheles' 1858 edition of Beethoven sonatas, the students explore their interpretation on three different 19th-century pianos (1820, 1866, 1898) and discuss how the pianos offered different insights into the music and how their interpretation changed with the different instruments. English subtitles are provided. Following the presentation, a panel of distinguished scholars, Sandra Rosenblum (Boston, MA), David Rowland (UK), and David Breitman (Oberlin, Ohio) join the hosts in a discussion.
Salon #4: Women Composers: The Salonnière and The Piano in the 18th-19th Centuries
Co-hosted by Patricia Garcia-Gil, from the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori, Florence, Italy
Many women composers and pianists were well known in the music circles and salons of their time, but were forgotten soon after their death. The women whose works we present during this Salon were all well known in their time, although they published few of their piano compositions. Salons were usually held by prominent women or Salonnières. Their guests discussed literature, philosophy, music, and art. The Salon provided a unique opportunity for female artists to share their knowledge and skills in a semi-public platform—and in some cases the Salonnière was the artist herself, who organized private concert. This program includes music by Madame Brillon, Marianne von Martinez, Marianne von Auenbrugger, Hélène de Montgeroult, Marie Bigot, and Pauline Viardot.
Salon #5: Pioneers: Fortepiano in China
Co-hosted by Audrey Axinn, Yuan Sheng, and Yuehan Wang, Tianjin and Beijing, China
Early music concerts in China are in their infancy, but scattered across the country there are fortepianists planting the seeds for interest in historically informed keyboard playing to grow. Some of this salon’s performers own their own instruments, others are using instruments purchased by schools. In both cases, these dedicated teachers and performers are playing concerts, making recordings, publishing articles and introducing fortepiano and harpsichord wherever possible to a growing population of interested young Chinese pianists. In this fifth AFP salon, six such ‘pioneers’: Audrey Axinn, Yuan Sheng, Yuehan Wang, Michael Tsalka, Zijun Wang and Jing Tang perform works by Mozart, Wanhal, Schubert and Chopin on reproduction Walter instruments, and original Graf, Bohack and Pleyel pianos.
Salon #6: Why Cristofori Matters
Co-hosted by Andrew Willis, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
In 1700 Bartolomeo Cristofori launched a revolution in keyboard technology with the invention of the first hammered action, which laid the foundation for all subsequent developments in piano construction. Cristofori's action and its lasting influence is discussed in a brief illustrated lecture. Performances on replicas of the first types of pianos with Cristofori's action are followed by piano music on instruments by the great builders who followed in Cristofori's footsteps: Silbermann, Broadwood, Walter, Pleyel, and Bösendorfer. Pianists Andrew Willis, Nathan Mondry, Stephanie Schmidt, Mengfei Xu, and Robin Morace are heard in works of Alberti, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Corri, Chopin, Clara Schumann, and Mondry.
UPCOMING CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENTS
Academy of Fortepiano Performance Festival
Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose, and Yi-heng Yang, fortepiano
August 24-29, 2021
Featuring faculty, guest artist, and student concerts with limited live audiences. A film featuring highlights from the Festival will be released later in the year on Facebook and YouTube.
A Dramatick Evening in London circa 1700
Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble
Richard Kolb (Music Director) and Tracy Cowart (Stage Director)
Saturday, September 4 @ 8:00pm
The ensemble brings to life the ravishing beauty and wry wit of 17th and 18th century chamber music on period instruments.
American Music on American Pianos
With musicologist Jeffrey Langford and pianist Joanne Polk
Saturday, November 13 @ 2:00pm
A lecture/concert featuring American music played on American pianos in the collection of the Piano Performance Museum.
Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra:
Great Music by Mahler, Debussy and Johann Strauss II
Robert Manno, conductor | Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano
Saturday, November 27 @ 8:00pm
Chamber Orchestra versions of great symphonic masterpieces.
A FEW LAUGHS GO A LONG WAY
Wanda’s Visit, by Christopher Durang
Featuring Darcy Dunn, Dayna Kurtz, John McCaffrey, & Mark Singer
Premiered June 12, 2021 @ 7:30pm
In this madcap farce, a married couple in a stale marriage host an unexpected visit from the husband’s old girlfriend, and she turns out to be the guest from hell.
FOR DANCE LOVERS
Zvi Gotheiner, choreographer
A film of the dancers in residence captures their experience of working in the Catskill Mountains, during a three-week residency at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center in January, 2021.
Works & Process at Catskill Mountain Foundation
Directed by Duke Dang
Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, and the Catskill Mountain Foundation announce a new digital series, Works & Process at Catskill Mountain Foundation. Each digital program will blend illuminating artists discussion with performance highlights to reveal the creative process of new dance commissions as they are being created inside Works & Process bubble residencies housed at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center.
In March 2020, just as the pandemic hit, Works & Process invited Jamar Roberts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first resident choreographer, to develop a piece for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Roberts created "Cooped," with music by David Watson, which was described by "The New York Times" as “one of the most powerful artistic responses yet to the COVID-19 crisis.” In this Works & Process bubble residency, Roberts continued to choreograph a new work that was first developed in a summer 2020 Works & Process bubble residency. Dancers include Patrick Coker, Ghrai DeVore-Stokes, Jacquelin Harris, Courtney Celeste Spears, and Brandon Michael Woolridge, with commissioned music by Watson. In this video, "A Chronicle of a Pivot at a Point in Time," Roberts discusses his creative process.
Rhapsody in Blue (For New York)
Caleb Teicher & Company
For almost a century, composer George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” has served as one of the most iconic musical portraits of New York City. To support the spirit of New York at a time when it is struggling, choreographer Caleb Teicher will assemble a small ensemble of dancers including LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Gaby Cook, Abdiel Jacobsen, Jennifer Jones, and Macy Sullivan to create a new work that captures New York City in all its beauty and peril. When the work premieres acclaimed pianist and composer Conrad Tao will join the cast performing live. Teicher and Tao’s last collaboration, the Works & Process-commissioned More Forever, was recognized among The New York Times’ “Best of 2018,” and in 2019 was awarded a Bessie Award.
"Take Me Back", from New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles
Les Ballets Afrik
Since its release in 1990, the documentary Paris Is Burning has received critical acclaim for its depiction of the New York drag ball scene and of voguing as a powerful expression of personal pride in the face of racism, homophobia, and the stigma of the AIDS crisis. To honor the film’s thirtieth anniversary, Works & Process commissioned Omari Wiles, founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the ballroom community, to produce New York Is Burning. With its premiere at the Guggenheim postponed due to the pandemic, the project was supported with a summer 2020 Works & Process bubble residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, where Wiles continued to develop the commission for his company, Les Ballet Afrik. The residency culminated in a filmed performance at Lincoln Center, serving as an affirmation of love, acceptance, and joy. Just as Paris Is Burning did for New York in 1980s, New York Is Burning reflects the aspirations, desires, and yearnings of a diverse group of dancers in a city beset by health, race, and financial crises. Wiles’s new work centers on the dancers for whom the dance company serves as a surrogate family including Kya Azeen, Eva Bust A’ Move, Algin “DJ Align” Ford, Alora Martinez, Shireen Rahimi, Milerka Rodriguez, Karma Stylz, Yuki Sukezane, Craig Washington, Omari Wiles, and Yuhee Yang. In preparation for its official premiere, New York Is Burning received a second Works & Process bubble residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation in April and May of 2021. When it premiered, the piece brought ballroom to the Guggenheim in a work featuring Wiles’s AfrikFusion, a style that combines traditional African dances and Afrobeat with house dance and vogue.
The Jazz Continuum with LaTasha Barnes
According to dance educator and dancer LaTasha Barnes, one of the greatest disparities of the present-day dance canon is the one that exists between the African American dancer and authentic jazz dance. Barnes argues that despite the foundational role of jazz dance as a source of globally celebrated popular Black dance forms, there is a lack of contextual and performative knowledge of jazz in the African American artist, which does a disservice to the expressive purpose and possibility that is dance. With the focus and dedicated time afforded by a residency, Barnes aims to bridge the knowledge gap with a group of engaged and invested dancers who desire to embody jazz alongside the Black dance traditions they currently bear. The resulting work may manifest as a choreographed jazz dance performance or an “improvography”-centered exploration of jazz and its scions.
“Unveiling” by Sonya Tayeh
Unveiling, by Tony- and Emmy-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh, navigates the search within oneself to shed, peeling off the layers one by one until there is a depth of rawness, and from within that rawness we seek anew. The exquisite sound of Moses Sumney leads the way and guides us on our journey.
Orpheum Dance Program Performances
Directed by Victoria Rinaldi
December, 2-4 and December 9-11, 2021
The magic continues with this annual holiday production featuring local ballet students and professional dancers.
Educational Programs for Children
Summer Enrichment Performing Arts Program
Catskill Mountain Foundation and Hunter-Tannersville Central School District’s Summer Enrichment Program, in cooperation with Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership (CROP), provide performing arts programs for children within the Hunter-Tannersville Central School District during the month of July and during the school year. With funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Samuel and Esther Doctorow Family Foundation and private donations, Catskill Mountain Foundation hosts four one-week residencies at Hunter Elementary School in July and presents children's afterschool programs twice each year.
In the summer program, residency teaching artists work with teachers and staff to provide performing arts classes and activities. Grouped generally by age and grade level, students learn circus skills, dance, acting, puppetry, creating emotion with movement, playing theatre games, putting on a circus, and using voice and movement to tell stories. These stories, performed by students and artists, are often based on folk tales and original stories. During the school year, students from Hunter-Tannersville Central Schools and other schools in the ONC BOCES District attend live puppet shows performed by professional puppeteers.
The Art Explorers Program at Sugar Maples Center for Arts and Education
This program provides opportunities for our students to explore themes through a variety of art mediums and methods in art exploration. Students will be encouraged to refine their current art skills and develop new skills with different materials by experimenting with and using 2-dimensional drawing and painting media and 3-dimensional materials. Students will learn about the artistic process as they solve visual problems, develop their own interpretations of the theme, and create their own masterpieces.
Three sessions in August
Participants will explore and investigate these beautiful mountains and create their very own masterpieces.
• “Landscapes of the Past” presentation and group discussion.
• Group painting and image analysis.
• Research and exploration of their beautiful mountaintop.
• Introduction to drawing a landscape, journal work, and exploration of nature.
• Field Study.
• Students will use a variety of materials to create a collage inspired by the landscape design of Hudson River School paintings.