SARANAC LAKE - Loon Lake Live! will present the fourth and last set of free summer chamber music concerts in its thirteenth anniversary season on Aug. 15, 16, and 17.
Saturday at 10:30 am, the group will present a "Family Fun" concert for children and their caregivers at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Music for strings, guitar and oboe will be featured in concerts at the Loon Lake Jewish Community Center at 7:30 pm on Sunday and at the historic Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church Street, at 7:30 pm on Monday.
Although Loon Lake Live! programing is primarily comprised of string instruments, week two featured a French horn and the upcoming week will include Meliset Abreu on guitar and Miriam Kapner on oboe.
Abreu has been described by Soundboard Magazine as "confident, daring and amazingly accurate." She performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and teaches privately. A recent Kapner performance was described by the New York Times as "a sensitive exploration of the oboe's singing character and its technical armory." She has performed in Germany, Israel and Hawaii and with many orchestras throughout the eastern United States.
The string performers this week will include three of the founding members of Loon LakeLive!, Lori Lax and Catherine Beeson (violas) and Sara Fierer (cello).
Lax was first stand violist in the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski and a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently on the staff of several summer chamber music festivals.
Fierer plays with the Boulder (Colorado) Philharmonic and teaches at the Denver Waldorf School and in her large private studio.
Beeson is currently Assistant Principal viola with the Colorado Symphony and performs with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, Santa Fe ProMusica chamber orchestra and Extasis tango octet.
Joining Lax, Fierer and Beeson in the string department will be Aaron Packard (violin) who received music degrees from at Oberlin Conservatory and SUNY Stony Brook. He is a resident of the Berkshire Mountains, spending his time as a caretaker, bookseller and music maker.
"This year has been fabulously successful, with warm, appreciative audiences," said Catherine Beeson, Artistic Director of Loon Lake Live! "We have enjoyed presenting innovative programming that is accessible to the entire community, delivered in a welcoming and educational environment."
Loon Lake Live! presents many of the classic and much-beloved composers of the past, but also regularly features compositions by living and lesser know composers. According to Beeson, the group is particularly proud of their "Family Fun" series, held on Saturday mornings at the Saranac Lake Free Library and devoted to "sharing classical music to stimulate and nurture the next generation."
Private contributions provide much of the support for the free concerts, with many relatively small donations. This year the group is also receiving funding from Stewart's Shops and the New York State Council for the Arts.