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A Celebration of Romantic Music November 1 in Pulaski

Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield.
Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield.

PULASKI – The next LaVeck Concert in Pulaski brings six encore performers together for a celebration of Romantic Era music, featuring works by Brahms and Camille Saint-Saens.

The concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1, includes Symphoria violinist Sonya Williams, cellist Heid Hoffmann, clarinetist Trevor Jorgensen, pianist Rob Auler and identical twin piano duo Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield.

Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield.
Elizabeth and Evangeline Canfield.

All the musicians have performed at least one LaVeck Concert in the past to rave reviews, said Auler, artistic director of the concert series which presents a half dozen Classical concerts a year to the Pulaski Congregational Church, 27 Lake St., Pulaski.

“We are all extremely excited about this concert,” Auler said. “While we have had so much fun bringing in new guests, there is a certain magic to bringing back audience favorites. I think of this assortment of performers as an All-Star team.”

The Romantic Era was a period from the late 1700s to the early 1900s when Classical music became much more expressive and emotional and the range and diversity of instruments led to larger orchestras and more public concerts.

Thursday’s concert features music by two of the most acclaimed composers in the second half of the Romantic period, German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms and French composer and organist Camille Saint-Saëns.

Auler and violinist Sonya Williams will open the concert with Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for violin & piano No. 1, described as a very theatrical piece that places great virtuoso demands on its performers.

”Pyrotechnic, virtuosic, and frankly over the top, this legendary piece is an absolute audience favorite,” Auler said.

Auler will team up with two friends, SUNY Oswego horns professor Trevor Jorgensen on clarinet and Symphoria cellist Hoffman, on Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, popular for its melodic and harmonic richness and Romantic warmth.

The Canfield twins will team up to perform two short Hungarian dances and a waltz by Brahms, Auler said. “All three of these works embody the great romantic spirits of the 19th century,” he said.

Auler founded the concert series, now in its 10th year, as an opportunity for people in rural northern Oswego County to hear world-class Classical music in their own community. The series receives support from CNY Arts, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Artswego, the Greater Pulaski Community Fund and individual donors.

“We are really proud of what we have built with Laveck concerts,” Auler said. “We have developed quite a following, seeing many familiar faces for each concert. At the same time, each concert also allows us the opportunity to meet first-time concert goers which is very cool.”

If you go:
What: LaVeck Concerts Presents ‘The Romantic Era: A Celebration’
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1
Where: 27 Lake St., Pulaski, NY 13142
Cost: There is a suggested donation of $10 per person, but no donation is required and students are encouraged to attend for free.
Bonus: A ‘Meet the Artists’ reception with free refreshments follows the concert.