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Chamber Music at the Chamber Concert Series returns this fall

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Business Improvement District (BID), Gloversville Community Music and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to present the 2017-2018 Chamber Music at the Chamber series.  Four concerts are scheduled for this new series, Oct. 1, Nov.  25 in 2017, and in 2018 on Jan. 20 and in April. All concerts will take place at 3 p.m.

Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Tickets are currently available for the Oct. 1 concert at the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce at 2 N. Main St., Gloversville and at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville. Pre-sale tickets for each concert are $10 each and $15 at the door.  There are a limited number of season tickets available at $35 each and are available at the chamber.

Many of the artists performing for the series will offer Master Classes for student musicians that will take place on the day of/evening before the Chamber Music at the Chamber performances. For more information about these Master Classes, please contact Chamber Music at the Chamber Artistic Director Joshua Thompson at gloversvillecm@gmail.com.

The concerts feature the following artists and will be held in the following venues:

• Sunday, Oct. 1 — Calliope Brass, Chamber Rotunda Gallery, 2 N. Main St., Gloversville. This concert is sponsored by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

New York-based quintet Calliope Brass performs a repertoire ranging from jazz to classical, pops to swing, and everything in between. The ensemble has been inspired by the power of storytelling through music in a variety of settings, from national parks to children’s theaters. Calliope is committed to excellence in performance and educational initiatives, in order to further the role of women brass musicians as both artists and teachers. Members are versatile musicians found playing in Broadway pits, major symphony orchestras, the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, mainstage acts including Adele, Pink Martini, and Andrea Bocelli, and sharing their artistry in schools nationwide.

• Saturday, Nov. 25 — Music for the Imagination,  Chamber Rotunda Gallery, 2 N. Main St., Gloversville. This concert is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

A concert featuring classical masterpieces written for children including Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. Also on the program Astor Piazzola’s Libertango and a commissioned work by Ralph Raymond Hays. The performance will feature a woodwind quintet featuring Gloversville Community Music faculty Kelly Lockwood, oboe and Joshua Thompson, French horn. Also performing, Ann Bottisti, flute, Alexander Kollias, clarinet and Kristen Powell, bassoon. Special guest narrators to be announced.

• Saturday, Jan. 20 — Sylvia Bloom, Gloversville Community Music, Schine Memorial Hall Building, 30 N. Main St., Gloversville

A renowned recitalist and performer, Bloom brings her wide span of vocal repertoire to our music series. Sylvia is on faculty at SUNY Adirondack and is the director of education at Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs. She has performed in productions at Hubbard Hall and was a chorus member of the San Francisco Opera. Bloom will also be performing with a guitarist and pianist for this concert.

April 2018, Date TBD — French 75, Chamber Rotunda Art Gallery, 2 N. Main St., Gloversville

Back by popular demand after performing for this series in their first New York concert in March of 2017! French 75 was formed somewhat haphazardly in January 2016, as it started with a tuba player anxious to play more than oom-pahs, an overly enthusiastic clarinetist and a trumpet player ready to sprinkle his jazz wisdom on two primarily classical musicians. From there, a laid back drummer was added, who was willing to put up with the chaos and finally a banjo player who truly became the glue to bring F75 together. Rehearsals include disagreements, good beer and working on our version of 1920s hot jazz!

For more information, log on to the Chamber Music at the Chamber Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chamberatchamber/), Gloversvillebid.com, the Gloversville Community Music Facebook page or the chamber’s website at www.fultonmontgomeryny.org.