Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cambridge, NY Life #5 Cambridge, NY Life #5

L to R: Judith Eissenberg, Lila Brown, Judith Gordon, Rhonda Rider
(photo (c) 2004 Jonathan Barber)

Last Friday was such a beautiful day I decided to treat myself to the first ice cream of spring. I stopped in at Stewarts and ran into my friend Laurie. We got to catching up on things and she reminded me that Saturday, April 8th, Music From Salem (MFS) would be opening up the new season at Hubbard Hall that evening. We're so fortunate to have such world class musicians just up the road. So here's a little more information on these wonderful musicians.

If those stumbling on the Brown farm just 10 miles north of Cambridge, NY are surprised to hear the sounds of chamber music and song echoing across the landscape, they must not know about Music From Salem .

In 1985, violist Lila Brown together with violinist Judith Eissenberg launched MFS, a festival that has become a fixture in the cultural life of Cambridge, NY and Washington County. From a single concert in 1986, the festival has expanded to a year-round schedule with not only concerts but workshops and master classes as well.

Concerts take place usually at Hubbard Hall, in the Village of Cambridge, NY. During the summer season, anyone may attend free open rehearsals at various area locations, where musicians work on the program for the weekend and then open the floor to questions concerning how chamber players signal through eye contact or how they resolve differences over tempi and dynamics. There are also free workshops for children at various area locations, enabling children to see and hear the instruments at close range and learn how music is composed and performed.

To learn more about Music From Salem and to see this season's schedule, visit their web site: www.musicfromsalem.org.

Just one of the many things that makes Cambridge, NY, Life so rich.


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