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Loon Lake concert series to return

Standing musicians in the Saranac Lake Free Library include Erika Sato, violin and Catherine Beeson, viola. (Photo provided)

LOON LAKE — The Loon Lake Live Summer Concert Series is returning for a 25th year.

From July 27 to Aug. 14, the concert series will have four sets. These will feature string instruments, french horn, clarinet and harp. Locations of the concerts include the Loon Lake Jewish Center, the Saranac Lake Free Library and Historic Saranac’s Laboratory Museum.

Performing are professional musicians associated with orchestras, universities and fine arts institutions around the world. These include cellists Stephanie Barrett and Heidi Hoffman, violinists Laura Gulley, Susanna Klein and Annie Trepanier, french horn player Debra Sherrill-Ward, harpist Lynette Wardle and clarinetist John Winn.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s series was held online and still can be found on Loon Lake Live’s website.

“We tried to make it different than a normal concert,” Artistic Director Catherine Beeson said. “This way listeners can pick and choose what they listen to.

Seated musicians in the Saranac Lake Free Library Children’s Reading Room are Lara Turner, cello and Jason Gresl, bass clarinet. (Photo provided)

“We are really excited to be together as a group of musicians again along with being together once more with the community,” Beeson added.

As part of Loon Lake Live’s mission, all concerts are free, but donations can be made on their website. These donations go toward paying the musicians and venues.

Upcoming shows include:

¯The Saranac Lake Free Library, 10:30 a.m. on July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug.14.

¯Historic Saranac Lake’s Laboratory Museum, 7:30 p.m. on July 28, Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 13.

¯ The Loon Lake Jewish Center, 7:30 p.m. on July 27, Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 12.

Depending on capacity guidelines, the sets may have a second seating at 8:30 p.m. if need be.

Concerts on July 27 and July 28 feature “26.2” by Kenji Bunch, for horn and string trio; “Tanguito” by Dante Yengue, for solo horn; and “Fantasiestucke” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, for string quartet, accompanied by Debra Sherrill, Aaron Packard, Annie Trepanier, Catherine Beeson and Heidi Hoffman.

Shows from July 31 to Aug. 2 will feature “Canyon Songs” by Pamela Decker, for horn and string trio; “Kaddish” by Lev Kogan for solo horn; “Canto Serioso” by Carl Nielsen for horn and string quartet; “Catalog of Scents in the Garden at Night” by Elizabeth Brown for violin and viola; and Armenian folk songs by Komitas for string quartet, accompanied by Debra Sherrill, Aaron Packard, Laura Gulley, Catherine Beeson and Heidi Hoffman.

The concerts from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9 will have music for harp, violin and viola featuring “Pastorale” by Germaine Tailleferre for violin and harp; “Barricades Mystrieuses” by Francois Couperin for solo harp; “Sonata” by Manuel Ponce for violin and viola; “Trio Sonata” by Jean-Marie LeClair for harp, violin and viola; “Aria” from “Coronation of Poppea” by Giuseppe Monteverdi, accompanied by Lynette Wardle, Susanna Klein and Catherine Beeson.

Shows from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 will feature “ADK Suite” by John Winn for a clarinet, harp and string quartet; “6 Studies in English Folk Song” by Ralph Vaughan-Williams for harp and various other instruments; “Rhapsody #1” by Jessie Montgomery for solo viola; and jazz standards by George Gershwin, arranged by John Winn, for clarinet and string quartet.

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