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Return of concerts music to our ears

It’s summer in the Adirondacks! The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is happy to be performing a full concert season this year as we have for the past 104 years.

In addition to maintaining beloved traditions — like Sunday Symphony concerts held at the lovely Lake Placid Center for the Arts theater — let me share with you a few exciting changes.

First, we have updated our mission statement to be “Lake Placid Sinfonietta — the Adirondack’s orchestra of world-class musicians–unleashes the power of music to entertain, educate and inspire people of all ages.” In addition, we are using new core values of “Excellence, Joy and Inclusivity” to shape all our decisions.

Another change is in venue: the beloved, free Wednesday Community concerts will be held this summer at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds Pavilion (except for the first, July 7 concert to be held at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts theater). The Pavilion offers plentiful parking, flexible seating arrangements, picnicking possibilities, and a beautiful mountain setting. This protected venue is a perfect match for the Sinfonietta’s weekly “pops” program.

Another one of our positive transitions relates to technology: we are adding virtual options for the Sunday and Wednesday concerts! In addition to the in-person experience, the Sinfonietta has expanded to offer live-streaming, in real-time, of these concerts. Patrons can now choose to attend a concert live or can be sent a weblink to view the concert on their personal device. We hope that this technological option will allow more access to more people for more musical enjoyment.

Lastly, we are beyond thrilled to have new Music Director Stuart Malina in the house. Although officially part of the LP Sinfonietta family as of 2019, this is the first full season that Maestro Malina will conduct from the podium. For the past year, Stuart has been working behind the scenes with the staff, board, musicians as well as has made all the musical selections for the current season. It will be a pleasure to witness what Stuart has worked so hard to share with us!

For further details regarding the music programs, artists and the continuously changing concert guidelines, contact the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org). To acquire in-person and live-streamed tickets, go to Lake Placid Sinfonietta (www.LakePlacidSinfonietta.org) or contact the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Box Office (www.lakeplacidarts.org or 518-523-2512).

We are all looking forward to hearing music in the Adirondacks once again! We appreciate your patience as we maneuver through changing health and safety guidelines.

Linda McClarigan is president of the Board of Directors for the Lake Placid Sinfonietta

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