de Blasiis Chamber Music Series at The Hyde

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            SPRING 2016                

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 or reservations call Janice Bullard, artistic director, at 518-792-2383 or visit www.deblasiis-chamber-music.org.




Sunday, May 15 at 2pm

imageThe Alturas Duo - Carlos Boltes, viola & charanga and Scott Hill, guitar

For our 2015-16 finale we welcome back the delightful duo, which was a hit of our Fall, 2013 offerings and, again, planning for a return began at the post-concert dinner. The Alturas Duo (whose name is Spanish for heights) has been recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola & charango with the guitar, in doing so creating a passionate music, that moves with ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo.

The Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and throughout the US and Puerto Rico including recitals at: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Series, La Guitarra California, and the 34th International Viola Congress. Always in search of new music and collaborations, the Duo has performed with artists as diverse as: charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, guitarist and composer Horacio Salinas; flutists Nicole Esposito and Janet Arms, and quena virtuoso Marcelo Pena-Lobo; pianist Polly Ferman and Argentine bandoneon legend, Daniel Binelli. Their repertoire includes commissions, arrangements and transcriptions and includes recent works by Javier Farias, Raimundo Penaforte, Alexander Silas Walker, Ben Starr and Ronald Pearl.

Last season saw the Duo maintaining a busy schedule of concerts, master classes and lectures, including premieres by Masatora Goya, Russell Nadel and performances in Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala and throughout the United States. For more information visit www.alturasduo.com

 

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History

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.

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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

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