A missed concert--grrrrr

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jbuck919
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A missed concert--grrrrr

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:45 am

Except for the SPAC summer residencies, chamber music is my best bet to hear great music performed to world-class standards. The Saratoga Chamber Players are in that category. Their composition varies, but they are headed by Jill Levy, the concertmaster for the Albany Symphony, who lives in Stony Creek. I was eagerly anticipating their program yesterday afternoon at 3:00, but all the indications were that the snow hiatus would be over by then. (In fact, it did not snow yesterday from 9:00 a.m. on.) I assumed it had been cancelled or postponed. I checked their website and there was nothing.

Now this morning I get an e-mail saying the concert is on. It was sent in plenty of time yesterday. Why did I not see it? Because my mail server sequestered it as possible spam. (I check this list every morning but it doesn't get to me until about 1:30 a.m.) They do have a "friends" feature and you can be sure that the SCP is now on it.

An opportunity missed is an opportunity lost. :cry:

The program?

BACH: No.2 in D minor for solo violin,
BWV: 1004

DEBUSSY: Sonata in G minor

PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 1 in F minor,
Op. 80

Jill Levy, Violin

Margaret Kampmeier, Piano

$15 students; $18 seniors; $20 adults

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: A missed concert--grrrrr

Post by SONNET CLV » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:40 am

jbuck919 wrote: The program?

BACH: No.2 in D minor for solo violin,
BWV: 1004
DEBUSSY: Sonata in G minor
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 1 in F minor,
Op. 80

Jill Levy, Violin
Margaret Kampmeier, Piano

$15 students; $18 seniors; $20 adults
That looks like a great program to have heard. Sorry you missed it.
One question: I see prices for students, seniors, and adults. But I was wondering what the admission cost is for the "Snowbound Curmudgeon". In other words, I wonder how much did you save by missing this concert?

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Re: A missed concert--grrrrr

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:59 pm

SONNET CLV wrote:
jbuck919 wrote: The program?

BACH: No.2 in D minor for solo violin,
BWV: 1004
DEBUSSY: Sonata in G minor
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 1 in F minor,
Op. 80

Jill Levy, Violin
Margaret Kampmeier, Piano

$15 students; $18 seniors; $20 adults
That looks like a great program to have heard. Sorry you missed it.
One question: I see prices for students, seniors, and adults. But I was wondering what the admission cost is for the "Snowbound Curmudgeon". In other words, I wonder how much did you save by missing this concert?
I would have had to ask. Depends on whether they define "senior" as 60 or 65.

Part of the problem is that these short series (they may do five things a year) typically have only one performance of interest to me. Here is their last one for the season, scheduled through April:

DVORAK: Romantic Pieces, MOZART: Clarinet Quintet, SCHUBERT: “Trout” Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667

Wonderful. Some Dvor-schlock, followed by Mozart's best-know chamber work as though there were no other quintets of equal stature that one seldom hears, followed by a true p.m. rush hour radio cliché. The locals may be impressed ("Oh honey, we've got to go, they're playng the Trout Quntet"), but I won't waste my time and money on that one.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: A missed concert--grrrrr

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:15 pm

On the other hand, if I wanted to go as far as Schenctady on a Sunday afternoon, and I've done it twice before to hear the Emerson Quartet and a husband-wife cello/piano team whose name I forget, I could still catch any or all of these:

http://unioncollegeconcerts.org/

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: A missed concert--grrrrr

Post by karlhenning » Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:00 am

I certainly hope that you get a refreshed opportunity to hear the Prokofiev f minor violin sonata live, John. The first year I was in eastern Europe, I heard that piece performed on three different recitals in Tallinn (and I had already thought the music unsurpassable). I'm a great fan of Prokofiev, but this sonata has pride of place.

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