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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Glens Falls Symphony Brings Back ‘Classical Ewe’ With Grammy-Winning Cellist

The orchestra's popular event, which debuted in 2019 at the Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville, will also feature a three-course meal.

We guess ewe have to see it to believe it. On June 26, the Glens Falls Symphony returns with its popular Classical Ewe event, which features a concert at the scenic Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville.

For the event’s second installment, members of the Glens Falls Symphony will join cellist Mike Block, member of the Grammy-winning Silk Road Ensemble led by Yo-Yo Ma, and composer and prolific musician Hanneke Cassel. The evening will also feature a three-course meal made with locally grown and raised foods prepared in traditional Italian and modern creative styles, accompanied by an aperitif, dining and dessert wines from the Maremma region of Italy.

The night’s program includes works by Mozart, Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla, Dvorak and works by both Cassel and Block. This performance will be a special reunion of sorts, as this will be the first time in two years that the Glens Falls Symphony has played with Cassel, who last teamed up with the orchestra in December of 2019 for a concert of Celtic music for the holidays.

Block, who will be making his debut with the symphony, has been hailed as pioneering cellist, singer, composer and educator. A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble since 2005, when he was still a student at The Juilliard School, Block has toured throughout the world with the group and earned a golden gramophone in 2017 for its album, Sing Me Home.

A prolific composer, Hanneke recently released Trip to Walden Pond, which features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and 17 new pieces composed in the Scottish idiom. Her latest album also includes several compositions penned by Hanneke as commissions to benefit Many Hopes, a children’s education nonprofit based in Kenya that she avidly supports.

The night’s dinner menu will begin with an aperitif upon arrival, served with rosemary, sea salt and Dancing Ewe Farm extra virgin olive oil. The first course will be Dancing Ewe Farm’s signature antipasti plate comprised of the farm’s own cheeses and salumi, pickled onion, frittata and an assortment of crostini. The main course will be a fresh pasta dish, and the dessert will be farm-made. Each couple will also receive a bottle of one of our own unique Italian wines that we import directly from some of the best wineries in Italy.

Below, find the full program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Divertimento, K. 136, 1st Movement
Edvard Grieg, Holberg Suite, “Sarabande”
Astor Piazzola, Libertango
Antonin Dvorak, Serenade, Finale
Joaquín Turina, La Oración del Torero
H. Cassel and M. Block – works by the soloists, TBA

Tickets cost $250 per person and are available here.

Will Levith
Will Levith
Will Levith is the editorial director of Capital Region Living and Saratoga Living.

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