Monday, July 10, 2023

Inlet: 24th annual An Evening with the Symphony set for July 28

A previous Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Evening with the Symphony performance in Inlet, NY

by Margie O’Hara

It’s time to make plans to attend the 24th annual “An Evening with the Symphony,” the Concerts and the Cocktail Party. Some things will remain the same as past years, such as the events will take place on the last Friday in July. This year that date is July 28. Times are also the same: The free Family Concert will occur at 3 p.m., an interesting and educational 45-minute session with members of the RPO. The Cocktail Party will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. the Symphony Concert featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will begin.

However, several changes have been made, primarily concerning the Cocktail Party. First, the location: the [Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council] Board has concluded that no venue could be more breathtaking for the Cocktail Party than lakeside in Arrowhead Park. This necessitated hiring a couple extra tents and a caterer. We are very pleased to announce that all food and drink will be provided by the area’s premiere catering business, “Feasts and Festivities by O’Connors.”


Ask anyone who has attended an event catered by this group and you will be told the offerings are delicious and tastefully displayed. For example, the heavy hors d’oeuvres include such delights as mini-beef Wellingtons, endive filled with curried chicken salad, crabmeat stuffed mushrooms, to mention only a few. You will also find a fruit and cheese platter, shrimp platter, and I hesitate to mention it for fear of misunderstanding, a “slider station.” These are no common burger sliders. Prepared to order, they are, for example, tenderloin of beef with caramelized onions and creamy horseradish or seared tuna with Asian slaw and wasabi cream. There will be a variety of desserts, each equally luscious. Finally, the open bar you have grown to expect will be waiting for you under the tent overlooking Fourth Lake.

Arrowhead Park In Inlet, NY

Arrowhead Park in Inlet, NY. Photo provided by Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

When you are replete and it’s time for the music, a few steps will take you to the huge concert tent in its usual location. This takes us back to the unchanged elements of the event. FCLPAC was offered a choice of conductors, but we have grown to consider Matthew Kraemer “our” conductor. So, Kraemer it will be, who loves Inlet audiences, wielding the baton once again in Arrowhead Park. We have kept all ticket prices the same for many years. However, we simply can’t make ends meet without finding more money somewhere. Consequently, we have been forced to raise the Cocktail Party tickets from $125 to $150. All other tickets will remain the same. Where in the entire world can you attend a concert by a world-recognized Symphony Orchestra for $35? Nowhere. Lawn seats for $15? Youth tickets for $20?


Please keep in mind that the Cocktail Party is intended to be a fundraiser. Without donations and our share of the Cocktail Party revenue, we could not possibly raise the funds to be able to offer this event. The Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to bring this outstanding musical event to our Adirondack Mountains.


Tickets are on sale at and also by cash or check at the Inlet Information Office or the Town of Webb Visitor Information Center.


This Just In (updates and additional information about this year’s event):

As July 28 draws closer, Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council has more information to impart concerning the annual Evening with the Symphony event. We now have the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s program and can assure you that it is a delightful mix of classical, pop, show tunes and patriotic numbers. Similar to past performances, the classical numbers will occur prior to intermission, while the second half of the concert will contain a variety of lighter fare.


For example, the first half of the concert will conclude with Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” a familiar number to most people who remember “The Lone Ranger.” And the second half will be predominantly show tunes, with emphasis on the music of Richard Rodgers. We have also been informed that the RPO is bringing a female vocalist, Sandra Godwin, Soprano who will showcase her talents in several musical genres from opera to Broadway. One of her numbers will be “My Funny Valentine,” a perennial favorite. Godwin has performed with the Orchestra a number of times in the past and has always been well received.


Finally, information about Matt Kraemer, who will be conducting, bears repetition. As you have been made aware, Kraemer is a repeat Guest Conductor with the RPO. His permanent position is as the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a position he has held since 2015. However, he serves as Guest Conductor for many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Baltimore, Houston, St. Louis and Toledo Symphonies, among others. He also served as the resident conductor for a season with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg
Music Festival. This article would be pages long if all of Kraemer’s credits and awards were to be listed. But to the Inlet audience it is Kraemer’s demeanor and personality that make him a local favorite.


This year’s event will be a delightful combination of the old and the new, an evening not to be missed. Tickets and more information can be found by visiting


Photo at top: A previous Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Evening with the Symphony performance in Inlet, NY. Photo provided by Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

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