"Jorinda and Joringel", and Night on Bald Mountain

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 PM, Martha Hamblin Hall, 3rd Floor Community School of Music and Arts 330 East Martin Luther King Jr / State St Ithaca

We round out our 2016-17 season with a concert of two magical tales in music designed for the young and young-at-heart.

Opening the program is “Night on Bald Mountain,” an orchestral fantasy sketched by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky and finished by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. We will perform a new chamber version by Bill Cowdery.
The music depicts a cavorting of spooks, ghosts and hobgoblins in the wee hours of Midsummer’s Eve. In fact Mussorgsky’s original manuscript bears the date of June 23, 1867 – exactly 150 years ago this summer, and this performance celebrates its anniversary. Many are familiar with this music through its appearance in Walt Disney's classic film, "Fantasia".

The second tale on the concert, "Jorinda and Joringel", is the world premiere performance of a delightful new piece by Ithaca composer Tom Schneller, commissioned by Music's Recreation.

This music evokes the story of “Jorinda and Joringel,” one of many fairy tales gathered by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s. It tells the tale of Jorinda, a fair maiden, who is bewitched and turned into an enchanted nightingale. She is saved, in time, from her fate by Joringel, her devoted beau. Schneller's atmospheric score brings to life the hopeful young lovers, the spiteful witch, and the plaintive birdsong. The story will be narrated by Music's Recreation's favorite storyteller, Ithaca actress Camilla Schade.

Tom Schneller is currently a lecturer in Ithaca College’s School of Music, and a recent D.M.A. graduate of Cornell University.

This dramatic, family-friendly double-header features Music’s Recreation regulars: flutists Laura Campbell and Beth Kelly, clarinetist John Greenly, violinist William Hurley, cellist Elisa Evett, and keyboardists Karen Melamed-Smith and Bill Cowdery. Guest artists include clarinetist Lenora Schneller, percussionist Emily Ickes, and conductor Ubaldo Valli. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Sunday, April 2, 2:00 pm The Community School of Music and Arts 330 E Martin Luther King Jr / State St Ithaca, NY Martha Hamblin Hall, Third Floor Tickets at the door: $10 per person, $24 family pass

Bring the Kids!!