LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Sinfonietta began their summer season this week and has an exciting lineup of concerts still to come.
The small orchestra, made up of some of the top musicians from across the Northeast and beyond, will perform in Lake Placid, including many free community concerts, as well as at other locations throughout the region.
Music director Ron Spigelman joins the orchestra this year, the result of a long search for a permanent conductor of the ensemble.
"He's an exciting young conductor," said Sinfonietta executive director Debbie Fitts. "He's personable, and he's got all sorts of new ideas for the orchestra."
Among those new ideas is the theme for this year's concert series: "It's Elemental." Each concert has a unique theme that centers around the building blocks of the natural world, such as water, precious metals, and the four seasons.
"I think it's important to have some kind of narrative so all the concerts are tied together," said Spigelman.
Spigelman said one concert is particularly unique this year: an Aug. 1 performance based on letters from Artur Rodzinski, a famous Polish conductor. Rodzinski's son, Richard, will be on hand to read excerpts of the unpublished letters that make mention of personal encounters with composers whose music will be performed as part of the program.
"It's not just pretty music to help us escape for a while; it's how can we affect people's lives through music," said Spigelman. "I want to bring the reality into the concert hall so, when they leave, it becomes a part of them."
Anyone can come see the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in action underneath the band shell at Mid's Park 7 p.m. every Wednesday July 7 through August 11. In case of poor weather, the concerts will be held 7:15 p.m. indoors at St. Agnes Church. These concerts are free and open to the public.
Every Sunday evening, 7:30 p.m. July 11 through Aug. 15, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will be at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts performing their Symphony Series concerts. Tickets for each performance are $22 and free for students 18 and younger. A series discount is available.
A special Children's Concert sponsored by Stewart's Shops is scheduled for July 14, 10 a.m. at LPCA featuring a gentle tale about toys that march and sing while accompanied by the orchestra. Admission is free.
The ensemble also has four "road" performances lined up as part of its 2010 Adirondack Series: July 10 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, July 15 at the Westport Heritage House, July 22 at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and Aug. 7 at the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre in Jay. All but the last require $20 general admission.
"I don't think we've ever played in Westport since I've been around," said Fitts. "We're really excited to go there; it should be a fun concert."
For more information about the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and their upcoming concerts, visit lakeplacidsinfonietta.org or call 523-2051.
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Music Director Ron Spigelman will lead the Lake Placid Sinfonietta for the first time this summer, conducting the ensemble's many performances in Lake Placid and the surrounding region.