de Blasiis Music Series at The Hyde


All concerts are held in the Froehlich Auditorium at The Hyde Collection.
Admission: $25 for single admission at the door; $5 for students with ID.

For additional information and tickets visit or call William Martin at 518-636-5975.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3 pm

Location: The Hyde Collection

Rolf Schulte (violin) & James Winn (piano)

imageimageThe duo of Rolf Schulte, violin and James Winn piano, old friends of our series, open the 2014-15 season with a program of Beethoven’s Sonata in Eb, op. 12, no.3, Schumann’s Adagio & Allegro and the Sonata, op. 18 of Richard Strauss.

Rolf Schulte maintains an active career as a soloist and chamber music performer in the U.S. and abroad. He has given the premières of new concertos and other works and made a series of important recordings, including Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto and performed the complete violin works of Igor Stravinsky at the Berlin Festwochen.

His long-time colleague, James Winn, is professor of piano and composition at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. He has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, and a member of the New York New Music Ensemble. He is the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Order Tickets


Sunday, NOVEMBER 13, 2016 at 3 pm

Location: The Hyde Collection

Maria Zemantauski (guitar)

imageMaria Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco-style guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She has performed in Spain, Italy and across the continental United States to great acclaim. Her albums, Mrs. Laughinghouse (1997), Seeing Red (2000), Under the Lemon Tree (2005) and Petty Feet & Mistletoe (2010), have received stellar reviews from music critics around the world.

Maria’s programs are a dynamic blend of artistic freedom, innovation and tradition. This is not surprising considering that as a child, she resisted guitar lessons, telling her encouraging parents that she wanted to “discover the instrument on her own without being told what to do.” As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It's rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it." She believes that the expressive possibilities of the guitar are limitless and pursues her music with passion, confidence and grace. Order Tickets


Sunday, MARCH 26, 2017 at 3 pm

Location: The Hyde Collection

Hyperion String Quartet - Amanda Brin (violin); Jamecyn Morey (violin); William Hakim (viola); Jonathan Brin (cello)

imageRecently praised by The Strad magazine for their “uncommonly high level of homogeneity and confidence", the Hyperion String Quartet has won first prizes at the Coleman, Music Teachers National Association, and Green Lake chamber music competitions, and was the bronze medal prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Since their formation in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music, they have performed from New York’s famed Lincoln Center to Japan’s Izumi Hall and have had live radio and television appearances in California, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Members of the Quartet have performed with such artists as Toby Appel, Melvin Chen, Jennifer Frautschi, Benny Kim, Anne Marie McDermott, Lorna McGee, Sophie Shao, Eugenia Zukerman, and the Miró and Rossetti String Quartets.

Dedicated to the performing of contemporary works, the Quartet has worked with Grammy Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour, for collaborative projects with Skidmore College’s Dance Department and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Paul Moravec. Highlights from the 2013-2014 season include performances on the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum and West Stockbridge Historical Society series as well as a concert of music by local composer Brett Wery on the Schenectady County Community College Chamber Music Series. Order Tickets


Sunday, april 23, 2017 at 3 pm

Location: The Hyde Collection

Robert Auler (piano)

imageRobert Marshall Auler is an award-winning American concert pianist who maintains a national and international performing and recording career. Auler has won numerous competitions, including the Society of American Musicians First Prize. Following his success in the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association Piano Competition, Auler was invited to perform on a fifteen-city tour with orchestra throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. He has also recently presented concerts in Venezuela, New Zealand, Austria and the Czech Republic. Upcoming projects in 2014 include concert appearances in China and South Africa and an Albany Records solo piano release.

Auler has also appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at the University of Toronto, Symphony Space (NY), the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral, the View Arts Center (NY), City College of New York, the Monadnock Festival (NH), the Nantucket Musical Arts Society (MA), as a featured artist on the MTNA Convention’s Rising Star Series, as the 2013 Guest Artist in Piano at Hamilton College (NY), and on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, with a live simulcast on Chicago’s WFMT-FM Radio. Order Tickets


Sunday, may 21, 2017 at 3 pm

Location: The Hyde Collection

Iridescence - Jan Vinci (flute) & Karlinda Caldicott (harp)

imageFirst Prizewinner of England's International Electric Music Performance Competition and recipient of a Classical Recording Foundation Award, Jan Vinci has performed in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls and for events such as the Blossom Festival, ICMC in The Netherlands, Electric Music Festival in England and Killington Music Festival. She is often the featured artist for flute club festivals and performs for NFA conventions.

Karlinda Caldicott has been playing the harp since she was 10 years old. She moved on to pedal harp when she was 14, and went on to study with Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Bachelors of Music in Harp Performance. In addition to her years at CIM, she attended the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. Order Tickets



imageGiovannina (Gio) and Virginia (Ginny) de Blasiis, two sisters from a musical family, founded the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series. Gio graduated from Yale; studied piano in New York City, London, and Paris; received a Master of Arts degree from the Eastman School; and taught at Emma Willard, Skidmore, and privately in Glens Falls. Her younger sister, Ginny, studied at the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, and Skidmore. She was concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, played with the Schenectady and Glens Falls Symphonies, and taught in the Glens Falls school system.


Gio gave eight piano programs at the home of Mary Hoopes in 1932 at the request of Charlotte Hyde. Ginny, after her violin studies, joined her sister in sonata recitals. George Finckel, well-known cellist on the music faculty of Bennington College, then joined them to make up the trio which was to be the nucleus of the Chamber Music Series. Through their many contacts, Gio and Ginny were able to attract major performers to the area from around the country and abroad.

Programming was always innovative, from the romantic and classical to the modern, and was scored for all combinations of instruments. After the early years at the Hoopes’ home, concerts moved to the First Presbyterian Church. Later, they were held at The Hyde Collection, at first in the Courtyard of Hyde House and then in the new auditorium in the Museum’s Education Wing.

After the sisters’ deaths, a board of directors was formed to carry on their mission of bringing the finest performers and programs to the Glens Falls area. With the ongoing support of The Hyde Collection, the community, faithful subscribers, and the City of Glens Falls, six concerts continue to be presented each year. Thanks to Gio and Ginny’s vision, the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series is one of the oldest in the country.

Images top to bottom: Virginia de Blasiis, George Finckel, 1940s; Virginia de Blasiis, ca. 1930, The Hyde Archive