Now that temperatures are in the 80’s here in Florida, thoughts of summer are creeping into my consciousness. In addition to dreaming of my favorite mountains, I’ve started to check out the programming for our upcoming Lake Placid Sinfonietta season. Interspersed with staple favorites such as the “Eroica”, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, and Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, we’re doing some lesser known gems. Walton’s Facade, Bruckner’s Quintet, Korngold’s Sextet, Martin’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra are all uniquely suited to our little orchestra.
Facade will be a collaboration with Pendragon Theatre. The piece is set to poems by Edith Sitwell, whose witty, rhythmic verse is interwoven with Walton’s jazzy score. The Adagio from Bruckner Quintet arranged for our full string section is lushly Romantic. In a somewhat similar vein, the sextet by Korngold is a youthful late-Romantic treasure written when he was seventeen. Frank Martin’s Ballade, alternately lyrical and virtuosic, will showcase our flutist Anne Harrow’s musicality and elegant technique.
Although I won’t mention the all the repertoire crammed into our intense six week season I urge you to check out the Sinfonietta website. The season will end on a more exuberant note with Pucinella and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody featuring our concertmaster Daniel Szasz.