Bridge Street Theatre to Host Catskill High Peaks Festival's MUSIC FROM HIGH PEAKS

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre's newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent. Various chamber music combinations and crossover repertoire include cello chorus, solo and duo piano, quartets, sextets, and the High Peaks Chamber orchestra in works by J. S. Bach, Grieg, Chopin, Dvorak, Gershwin and more. The performance occurs on Friday August 12 at 7:00pm in the theatre, located at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY.

Music from High Peaks has been heard at the Olana Estate, the Norman Rockwell Museum, The Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, the Doctorow PAC in Hunter, Basilica Hudson, the Carey Center for Global Good, and, this summer, at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill.


The Catskill High Peaks Festival is a performing and teaching summer institute bringing together renowned musicians, pedagogues and exceptionally gifted international students. It is held in the majestic Northern Catskill Mountains, at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY, surrounded by the iconic scenery - mountain peaks, waterfalls and charming hamlets - that inspired the Hudson River School painters, and that continues to inspire generations of artists, musicians and writers. The intimate scale and highest level of talent make possible an invigorating ten days of discovery, exploration, bonding, and growth. The festival has an all-inclusive atmosphere, fostering camaraderie and cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The faculty is similarly international. In past summers, the music has focused on traditions ranging from Latin American tango to Japanese ceremonial drums to the heritage of Jazz and improvisation in addition to the classical canon. Central to the festival's mission are performance opportunities for young artists on the cusp of their careers. Faculty and guest performers have included the most respected classical musicians of our time: guitarist Eliot Fisk; violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ara Gergorian, Stefan Milenkovich, Elmar Oliveira, and Peter Zazofsky; pianists James Tocco, Michael Chertock, and Vassily Primakov; vocalists Mischa Bouvier, Lucille Beer, and Jennifer Rivera; and cellist Yehuda Hanani.

"The exciting mix of established and revered performers and artists of tomorrow joining to present some of the gems of chamber music makes for an irresistible experience," says Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani. "This summer we focus on the magic of Bach and his legacy, but there will magic in all aspects of the conjunction of young talent, great repertoire, and brilliant veteran performers."

"Music from High Peaks" will be one of the first events to be presented in Bridge Street Theatre's newly-renovated mainstage space, conversion of which was made possible by a generous grant from New York State's Division of Homes and Community Renewal and through private donations. The theatre is a non-profit corporation which purchased the old Curtron factory building at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY in late 2013 and has re-purposed it as an intimate performing arts center for Greene County, the Hudson Valley region, and beyond. It currently produces a full season of innovative theatrical productions and a regular cabaret series, as well as presenting an eclectic mix of imported theatre, music, magic, visual arts, screenings, community events, and more in the three separate spaces that make up the complex.

Tickets for "Music from High Peaks" are $25, $15 for students, and are available in advance at catskillhighpeaksmusic.org or at the door one half hour prior to the performance.



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