Lake Placid Sinfonietta marks 100 years with Torke’s nature-inspired world premiere

Posted on: July 17, 2017

“The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year,” writes Naj Wikoff in Thursday’s (7/13) Lake Placid News (N.Y.). “They [launched] their season with a musical bang. First, a Wednesday free concert July 5 in the Paul White Band Shell. Then the opening at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on July 9 that featured the premiere of a new work by composer Michael Torke; a performance by [pianist] Olga Kern; … and the Northern Lights Choir … in works by Haydn and Mozart. Finally, the next day there was a chamber performance July 10 … Torke [who] loves vacationing in the Adirondacks … [says he] ‘got an email … from [Music Director] Ron Spigelman asking if I would consider doing something for the 100th anniversary of the Sinfonietta…. I started thinking about the trees found here, that’s why it is titled “Sylvian.” … [The movements] each reflect a common tree element, but each with all the variations that individual trees have.’ ” Said Spigelman, “When you hit a milestone like the 100 anniversary, you want to honor it with something composed that recognized that moment.”

Posted July 17, 2017