SARANAC LAKE - Eugene Sirotkine, internationally renowned pianist and conductor, will perform in a benefit concert for the Bartok cabin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Cobble Spring Farm, in Bloomingdale.
This event is sponsored by Historic Saranac Lake, Sirotkine's solo piano performance will feature pieces by Bartok as well as Handel, Beethoven and Schumann.
Two years ago, Sirotkine visited the cabin in Saranac Lake where in 1945 composer BlaBartok spent the last summer of his life, writing two pieces, his Third Piano Concerto and hisViola Concerto.
"My soul wept at the sight of his cabin, imagining him creating immortal music in the tiny room while hatred and paranoia raged all around the world. That cabin is a testament to the greatest of human spirits, as well as to his music," Sirotkine said.
Born in Soviet Russia, Eugene Sirotkine started studying piano privately at age 6 and within a year, gained acceptance into the Glinka Choir College, the boy's music school with the highest acceptance standards in Russia. He eventually immigrated to the United States, receiving advanced degrees in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and in Conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York.
Sirotkine has been Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the New York Metropolitan Opera and has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica UNCuto in Argentina, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, the Washington Opera, and the Cape Philharmonic in Cape Town, South Africa.
Bartok remains foundational to Sirotkine, who has gained inspiration by visiting places in Budapest where Bartok lived and worked.
"My first heartbreaking impressions of Bartok came from his folk songs, and then from his rhythms. I am still infatuated with both. His musical language teaches me how to study, analyze, compose and perform. No matter what music I work on, I always find time for his music too," he said.
Call Historic Saranac Lake at 518-891-4606 for reservations and directions to Cobble Spring Farm. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
A donation of $20 at the door is suggested to support our work to preserve the Bartok cabin and the story of Bartok in Saranac Lake.
For more information about Bela Bartok and the Bartok cabin, go to hsl.wikispot.org/BelaBartok.