In its 21-year history, Saranac’s Hill and Hollow Music has brought over 200 professional chamber music ensembles to the Adirondacks. Their community outreach has included presentations in schools, churches, senior residences and community centers. I am always so grateful for such organizations that float into our communities with seemingly little effort and bring international musicians to our door.
This Sunday, November 20 at the Saranac United Methodist Church on Rt. 3, Hill and Hollow Founder and Director Angela Brown has brought together an outstanding trio to perform at the Saranac “Little Church in the Hollow.”
This is the third time we’ve been able to have Patricia McCarty perform for us and we are so happy,” says Brown. “She is extremely eminent. She brings and performs with different colleagues that are on the same professional level as she is.”
Now an Adirondack resident and Meadowmount School of Music Chamber Music coach and coordinator, McCarty will be joined by violinist Arturo Delmoni, concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra as well as former principal cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Ronald Thomas on Sunday, November 20 at the Saranac United Methodist Church on Rt. 3 in Saranac. In the Adirondacks for this one time performance, the Delmoni-McCarty-Thomas String Trio will feature three chamber music masterpieces: Mozart’s Divertimento in Eb Major, K563, Beethoven’s Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No.3, and Dohnanyi’s Serenade, Op.10.
“Ours and other grassroots organizations allow you to get to know the people that founded them or that are running them,” says Brown. “A smaller venue is also more intimate and adds a whole different layer of fulfillment and satisfaction to a performance that can’t always be found at a larger organization.”
Within these small ensembles, the informal concert format allows the audience to meet and question the artists. Hill and Hollow has succeeded in breaking the stereotype regarding the stiff, formal chamber performance. The artists try to connect with the audience, sharing information regarding the composers and musical themes while creating a festive atmosphere.
“McCarty chose these works that they will perform because they are monumental masterpieces of chamber music literature,” informs Brown. “To listen to a masterpiece of music is equivalent to a watching a Shakespeare play, experience a great painting. It is so moving. These are works of art that have survived centuries. There will also be popular music, but this is the music that has already stood the test of time. To be able to share this experience of unamplified music played on priceless instruments is joy.”
No reservations are required with only general seating available to the Saranac United Methodist Church venue. Admission for the November 20 concert is a $15/general seating and $12/students/seniors suggested donation. Children ages 12 and under are free. Refreshments are served during the intermission. Enjoy!
photo of the Delmoni-McCarty-Thomas String Trio provided by Hill and Hollow Music