CHAMBER SERIES CELEBRATES HUDSON SPACES

For Immediate Release

PHOTO CAPTION:  This hand-pulled, artist-signed print, done by renowned photographer and Hudson resident, Roy Volkmann, will be available for purchase as part of ClaverackLanding’s new series of intimate chamber concerts in historic Hudson buildings.

The first concert, featuring violin virtuosos Renée Jolles and Sheila Reinhold will take place at TK Gallery on November 5th.  For tickets and more information go to www.ClaverackLanding.org

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES CELEBRATES HUDSON SPACES

HUDSON, NY – ClaverackLanding, an offshoot of the Columbia Festival Orchestra, is tailoring a season of events based on the intimacy of chamber music and the beauty of Hudson architecture.

“We love the history of this city,” says founder Gwen Gould. “We wanted to give our audience a chance to visit some of the great spaces in Hudson and, at the same time, hear wonderful musicians.  Many times, they will be performing pieces that were composed during Hudson’s heyday, the second half of the 19th century.”

The first concert, a benefit for ClaverackLanding, will take place Saturday, November 5th, at 6 p.m., on the second floor of TK Home and Garden at 441 Warren Street.  “It’s an Italianate building, probably constructed around 1840, by a wealthy merchant,” says Gould.  “I wouldn’t be surprised if music similar to that which we are offering was performed right here just after this place was built.”

Violinists Sheila Reinhold and Renée Jolles will be playing duets by composers including Mozart and Gliére.  “These are pieces that are intricate and sophisticated but not often played in public,” says Reinhold.  “They are hidden gems, created for intimate settings.  And, because they don’t lend themselves to large concert halls, they are seldom heard.”  The Reinhold-Jolles Duo will also be playing a piece written for them, Woven, composed by Victoria Bond.

Renée Jolles, a concertmaster of the world-renowned, Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a Julliard graduate, now on the faculty.  She has studied with Lewis Kaplan, and Itzhak Perlman.  She is a member of Continuum, Intimate Voices and the New York Chamber Ensemble.  The New York Times called her “a real star”.

Artist Sheila Reinhold gave her first performance as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine in the Kaufmann Concert Hall of New York’s 92nd Street Y.  At 14, she was invited by Jascha Heifetz to join his master class at the University of Southern California, where she studied with him for five years.  She has premiered solo and chamber works for both violin and viola, worked on major films and appeared with popular artists such as Tony Bennett.  She is founder and music director of Intimate Voices and is actively involved in the Children’s Orchestra Society.  Engagements have included solo appearances with conductors including Zubin Mehta and Andre Kostelanetz, chamber music with Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky and performances as soloist at the Chautauqua and Ives Festivals.

”We interact in these duos,” explains Reinhold, “yet our playing remains distinctly individual.  From the point of view of the players, there is something really intimate when we challenge one another.  True, we are playing written music, no improvisation, but there are so many little opportunities for interpretation and gesture.  It’s as if each of us constitutes half an orchestra.  Audiences have told us it’s really exciting to watch.”
Reinhold and Jolles are two of four musicians who make up this season’s “Artists in Residence”.  As such, they will be available after a spring concert (scheduled for March 3rd) for conversations with the audience.  Also on the calendar is an opportunity for these violinists to work with students in the school system as part of the “Take a Seat” program for young musicians.

Echoing an earlier name for Hudson and surroundings, ClaverackLanding was created to showcase exemplary musicians outside of an orchestral setting.  Included this year will be performances by:

  • Intimate Voices – a string quartet showcasing “serious essays about music”
  • Paula Robison – renowned flutist and co-founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Elmar Oliveira – winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1983.

In addition to intimate chamber concerts in historic venues in and around Hudson, N.Y., ClaverackLanding has also joined forces with renowned photographer and Hudson resident Roy Volkmann, to create a series of portraits of the great artists participating in the 2011 – 2012 season and great architecture in Hudson.  Photographs will be displayed at the concerts and will be for sale in limited editions.

Volkmann began his photographic career in Europe working in advertising and editorial venues for magazines including Sportweek, Italian Bazaar and Amica. His work as a photographer of dance has brought him collaborations with the Alvin Ailey Company, Philobolus, the Dance Theater of Harlem and The Elisa Monte Dance Company, among others.  The latter created a dance movement in his honor, “The Volkmann Suite”.

“Having Roy photograph these artists is wonderful,” says Gould.  “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and for the musicians.  As years go by, we will accumulate a rare archive of some of the finest performers in the world done by a brilliant photographer.  ClaverackLanding is really fortunate.”

For tickets to The Reinhold-Jolles Duo, season tickets and special “behind the scenes” events for subscribers, go to  www.claverackLanding.org.