Chapel Restoration Sunday Music Season Begins
April 14th, 4 p.m.
Schumann with Pianist Michael Musgrave
“What is the composer saying to us?” we often ask. Michael Musgrave, pianist and music scholar, will answer in “The Poet Speaks: An Exploration of Schumann’s Piano Music” at The Chapel Restoration, Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. He will briefly explain, employing Schumann’s own commentary, and perform short pieces. The program at the historic Chapel on the Hudson is free to the public. Contributions are suggested and greatly appreciated.
Dr. Musgrave’s field of research is 19th and early 20th century German music and English concert life in the same period. His biography of Robert Schumann, Cambridge University Press Musical Lives series, was published in 2011. He is also author and editor of six books on Brahms, including Performing Brahms: Early Evidence of Performance Style(with Bernard D. Sherman, 2003), which won that year’s award for Best Research in Recorded Classical Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.
He is a member of the Johannes Brahms Gesamtasugabe, for which he has edited two orchestral serenades, and is currently editing the composer’s German Requiem.
On the English side of his scholarship, he is author of The Musical Life of the Crystal Palace (1995) and editor of George Grove, Music and Victorian Culture (2003), centenary assessment of the founder of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
A member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School, New York City, and Emeritus Professor of Music, University of London, Musgrave is also a Visiting Research Fellow of London’s Royal College of Music, where he studied piano and organ, earning qualifications in music education and performance as well as academic degrees. He received an Honorary Fellowship from the college in 2005.
The Chapel Restoration, 45 Market Street in Cold Spring, is across from Metro-North Station, where free parking is available on weekends. This concert is made possible, in part, through Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature. Special thanks for a generous contribution from Marcelline Thomson, board member.
Michelle Alvarado Plays the Music of Eric Starr
Saturday, May 4th
Celebrated classical pianist Michelle Alvarado will perform Eric Starr's Twelve Pieces for Solo Piano at The Chapel Restoration, an intimate Hudson Valley landmark in Cold Spring on Saturday, May 4at 7 p.m. A question and answer period with the composer and pianist will follow the evening’s performanceGeneral admission $20/$15 students. For reservations, www.eventbrite.com.
Eric Starr, of Cold Spring, is an award-winning composer whose music culls from traditions ranging from French impressionism to contemporary jazz. Steve Reich wrote, “I’m impressed with the directness of Eric’s music and the craft with which he has written it.” A multitalented artist, Starr has worked as a composer, percussionist, pianist, author and educator.
A protégé of Pavlina Dokovska, Michelle Alvarado, was praised by the Buffalo News as “a pianist of considerable merit” and “sublimely melodic”. She is described by Scott Yanow, jazz journalist, as a “virtuoso who can handle any piece of written music.”
This music was previously presented at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC. Lauded by Andy LaVerne, legendarypianist, composer and author,“Beautiful music and playing! Not only is Twelve Pieces for Solo Piano quite an achievement, but it’s also a great and valuable addition to the piano literature.”
Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra
Thursday, May 23rd
Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra will be gracing Cold Spring with their lush vibes! They’ll be playing our Restoration Roadhouse series at the Chapel Restoration. Come and enjoy some truly great music, the majestic river view and the company of community. Pappi's Mediterranean will be serving dinner and snacks and we'll have all your favorite beer by Industrial Arts.
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra features Marty on electrified resonator guitar and vocals, Chris Lynch on violin and keys, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff on drums and percussion. The group specializes in roots music with evocative lyrics that are conceptually cryptic, relying on imagery and symbols to convey emotion. Artistic touchstones for the group include John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, the darkly cathartic oeuvre of Tom Waits, and the experimental arrangements of Radiohead.