LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (August 3, 2015) – The magic of music returns to the Sullivan County Catskills on Thursday, August 13 as the Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) begins its 22nd season.
Once again, the Sunset Concert Series will see a total of five concerts performed in Shandelee, just a few miles from Livingston Manor, NY.
The season opens on Thursday, August 13 with an "Evening of Chamber Music," and the return engagement of the Hermitage Piano Trio, featuring Misha Keylin, violin, Sergey Antonov, cello and IIya Kazantsev, piano. Music reviewer Barry Plaxen, writing for The Catskill Chronicle, said they are “a great ensemble, with the interplay and sharing of energy that is inherent in greatness.” The SMF Board of Directors is dedicating the first concert of the 2015 series in honor and memory of Earl "Bud" Wertheim, artist, patron of the arts and a true "Renaissance Man."
On Saturday, August 15, the season continues with a "Young Artist Concert," featuring Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner on solo piano. A 2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award Recipient, Sanchez-Werner has also received the only Young Arts gold medal for music in 2015 presented by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
An “Evening of Chamber Music” returns on Thursday, August 20 with Adrienn Kantor, flute and Erika Allen, piano. Music critic Kevin T. McEneaney, writing for The Millbrook Independent, said that Kantor and Allen "excelled in nuance, tone, and poetic edge."
The Saturday, August 22 “Evening of Chamber Music” will feature Dmitri Berlinsky and Friends. Berlinsky (violin) is the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, a victory that led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini’s own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history.
The final "Evening of Chamber Music" in the Sunset Concert Series takes place on Monday, August 24. This exciting finale features the resident graduate string quartet of The Juilliard School, known as the Aeolus Quartet. The quartet features Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, both on violin, Gregory Luce, viola and Alan Richardson, cello. The Baltimore Sun said the quartet “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery.”
All performances in the Sunset Concert Series begin at 8 p.m. and are presented in the beautiful and comfortable setting of the Sunset Concert Pavilion. As in past years, each concert will be followed by a specialty dessert reception.
Concert tickets are $30 for adults, $25.00 for Shandelee Music Festival members and $10.00 for students 17 and under. Advanced concert reservations are required by calling 845-439-3277. Online reservations can be made at http://www.shandelee.org/concerts/tickets.htm.
About the Shandelee Music Festival: Founded in 1993, the Shandelee Music Festival is the manifestation of a love for the arts and the recognition of the human spirit. A private, not-for-profit organization, the Shandelee Music Festival’s philosophies and goals provide for the further development and nurturing of an individual’s creativity and passion for music while enriching the cultural community of Sullivan County. By providing students the opportunity to perform in joint recitals, master classes and informal concerts, the students develop mastery of their instrument while enhancing the community’s appreciation for classical music.