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2008 Events

Classical Music Festival in Cortland

There will be a Classical Music Festival on Sunday April 27, 2008 from 1:00 -- 5:30pm at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse, 64 Main Street in Cortland, NY. It will feature music for piano, piano and voice, brass ensemble, guitar, and a Celtic harp duo. Enjoy an afternoon of classical music in an informal atmosphere. Admission is free.

The Classical Music Festival combines the talents of professionals, students, amateurs and teachers to provide an afternoon of music for the public. New to the festival series will be soprano Laura Enslin. A former faculty member of Nazareth College in Rochester, Enslin has taught voice at Syracuse University since 2005. She earned a masterís degree from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelorís degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Enslin recently performed the title role in the Buffalo Philharmonicís production of Hansel and Gretel, as well as Adele and Nedda in the Rochester Opera Factory's critically acclaimed productions of Die Fledermaus and I Pagliacci, respectively, where she was singled out for her "plush, velvety voice and unfailing sensitivity" (Democrat and Chronicle).

Also new to the festival will be Alex Feiszley, who will begin the afternoon of music at 1:00pm with a piano sonata by Beethoven. Feiszley's teacher, Rick Starmer, will then perform Aram Khachaturain's "Toccata" , and two compositions of his own.

At 1:30 the Madrigal Singers of Cortland High School will sing music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The ensemble performance will be followed by individual soloists with Marina Gorelaya and Brian Dobreski as accompanists. The Madrigals are under the direction of tenor Ben Wells. The Madrigal Singers will be followed by guitarist Dave Richman, who will play a combination of classical and popular music for the guitar, from Bach to the Beatles.

Beginning at 2:45, Tekla Babyak will present works on the piano. Babyak, a graduate student in musicology at Cornell University, shares insights into the pieces that she performs, making the music even more interesting. Babyak will be followed by soprano Laura Enslin, who will sing works by Strauss, Bellini, Haydn and Bernstein, accompanied by Marina Gorelaya (piano).

At 3:45 the Celtic harp duo of Lisa Craig Fenwick and Melissa Collins will present music by O'Carolan and other composers, including traditional songs. Lisa Craig Fenwick will also pick up the flute for some harp & flute duos with Collins. Guitarist Chris Woodard will play some his own music for steel string guitar. Finally, the Festival will come to a conclusion with a performance by the Crown City Brass, beginning at 5:00pm.

The Classical Music Festival series is supported by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Thanks to the NYS Music Fund, this is one of four Classical Music Festivals organized by Cortland Music this year. Below is a list of upcoming events that are being supported by Cortland Music through this grant.

August 2: Classical Music Festival -- 10am - 6pm Courthouse Park, Cortland
September 20: Zarzuela Concert -- 8pm Center for the Arts, Homer
November 16: Classical Music Festival -- 1-5pm Blue Frog Coffeehouse, Cortland

More events are being planned. So check the "Events" page at CortlandMusic.Org for the latest information. For additional information on the upcoming festival, check Festival.CortlandMusic.Org or email John Sikora at mail@cortlandmusic.org