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Psalms, Hymns, and Inspired Songs: The Liturgical Music of Philip Spaeth in Concert

Sunday August 25th 2019・ 3:00 pm

The Church of St. Peter
241 Broadway,  Saratoga Springs, NY
Classical and liturgical composer and Church of St. Peter Music Director Philip Spaeth shares an intimate look at the music he has created for the Church over many years, from his Lenten Prayer of 2002 to 2003’s God’s Glory Shall Be Revealed, to his award-winning Hymn for St. Kateri (2012), to the music composed for the 175th Anniversary of St. Peter’s in 2014, to his most recent compositions like The Body of the Lord (2019), and many more. Philip will present these works amid reflections on their creation, their relationship to his other work as a composer, and the spirituality underlying it all.  Whether you have been familiar with Philip’s church music over the years or are new to these pieces, this concert is sure to be a musically and spiritually uplifting experience for an audience of all ages and backgrounds.  Mark your calendar, and join us in August!
Donations gratefully accepted.
A portion of the profits will benefit St. Peter's Needy Association.

Monday August 12th 2019・ 7:00 pm

Mayfield Presbyterian Church
22 N Main St.,  Mayfield, NY
Fünf, the greater Capital Region’s professional woodwind quintet, performs a variety of repertoire which includes traditional and contemporary wind literature as well as newly commissioned works. Part of Fünf’s mission is to make chamber music fun and accessible to all audiences. They love performing, educating listeners, and premiering new music.  
 
Fresh off the premiere of Philip Spaeth's Quintet No. 2 for Winds, Fünf will give a special performance of both Spaeth's first and second quintets, as well as other music, with a pre-performance talk and Q&A by the composer!  The talk begins at 7 with the performance to follow.
 
Fünf‘s members: Norman Thibodeau, flute; Susan Kokernak, oboe; Christine Barron, clarinet; Patrice Malatestinic, horn; and Gerald Lanoue, bassoon; are free lance musicians playing with a wide array of regional orchestras, operas, and chamber groups, as well as faculty members at SCCC, Niskayuna Schools, CSR, Skidmore College, UVM and Bennington College, respectively.
Presented by the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN)
Admission $12 ($10 for SVAN members)

Friday July 26th 2019・ 7:00 pm

The Church of St. Peter
241 Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY
Fünf, the greater Capital Region’s professional woodwind quintet, performs a variety of repertoire which includes traditional and contemporary wind literature as well as newly commissioned works. Part of Fünf’s mission is to make chamber music fun and accessible to all audiences. They love performing, educating listeners, and premiering new music.  
 
Fünf is excited to return to The Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs to perform a recital on Friday, July 26th featuring the music of Ravel, Barber, Paquito D’Rivera and the premiere of Philip Spaeth’s Quintet No. 2. 
 
Fünf‘s members: Norman Thibodeau, flute; Susan Kokernak, oboe; Christine Barron, clarinet; Patrice Malatestinic, horn; and Gerald Lanoue, bassoon; are free lance musicians playing with a wide array of regional orchestras, operas, and chamber groups, as well as faculty members at SCCC, Niskayuna Schools, CSR, Skidmore College, UVM and Bennington College, respectively.
This concert is free and open to the public.  Donations welcome.
Made possible, in part, by the Saratoga-Warren Musical Performance and Scholarship Fund.

"Epiclesis" Performance at ITG Conference New Works Recital

Thursday July 11th 2019・ 3:30 pm

Ashe Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue  Miami, FL

Epiclesis, composed for trumpet, trombone, and harp, will be performed at a New Works Recital as part of the 44th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Florida.  Performers include Phillip Chase Hawkins, trumpet; Jessica Hawthorne, trombone; and Kristina Finch, harp.  The performance is open to ITG Conference attendees.  

 

Epiclesis was premiered in Schenectady, NY in September of 2018 by Allyson Keyser, Phil Pandori, and Karlinda Caldicott.

Triology Premieres "Cumulus Reverie" at St. Peter's Concert Series

Sunday June 23rd 2019・ 3:00 pm

The Church of St. Peter
241 Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY

Three avid chamber musicians have come together to form a trio called Triology: Flutist Melanie Chirignan, guitarist Paul Quigley and cellist Will Hayes. They will be performing contemporary works by David Leisner, Nathan Kolosko, and the world premiere of my new chamber piece Cumulus Reverie as well as some classics; Spanish Dance. No. 1 by Manuela de Falla, Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert, and Jet Whistle by Heitor Villa Lobos. Please join us for a lovely afternoon of music.

This concert is offered to the public free of admission charge.  Suggested donation to benefit the musicians: $15.

Adirondack Sketches: First Concert Reading & Discussion

Saturday February 23rd 2019 ・ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mayfield Presbyterian Church  
22 North Main St.  Mayfield, NY

Do you ever wonder how a composer begins to write a piece of music or about the process? Or what the composer hears when the music is being brought to life for the first time... that is, as it "becomes" music when it's played by performers rather than just a computer-generated audio file? Here's your opportunity to experience this and gain an insight into the composition process of composer Philip Spaeth. 

In this concert reading of Philip Spaeth's new work, Adirondack Sketches: Five Mountain DancesPhilip brings together a stellar ensemble in order to bring this composition to life; a composition that has it roots in the Adirondack oral tradition as well as the Western "classical" style. The performance features:

  • Werner John, Native American flute

  • Dan Duggan, hammered dulcimer

  • John Kirk, fiddle

  • Scott Hopkins, banjo

  • Kara Pitkin, piano

After a first listen you can take part in a feedback "roundtable" style conversation with the composer and players! A reception with Adirondack-themed goodies will follow.

To read Philip's Adirondack Sketches blog journalizing some of his research in preparation to composing the new piece, click here.

Hosted by the Sacandaga Artist Network (SVAN), this is a public event with no admission charge. Donations are welcomed to help offset expenses. 

***Saratoga Arts made this program possible with an Individual Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature***

Choir of St. Peter at Victorian Streetwalk

Thursday November 29th 2018 ・ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

NBT Bank 
295 Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY

The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association‘s 32nd Annual Victorian Streetwalk is coming up on November 29th. Come hear the Choir of St. Peter sing some classic carols of the Advent and Christmas seasons as we perform from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the lobby of NBT Bank. We will be singing some of our favorite a cappella carols from over the years. In addition to conducting, I will once again reprise my solo performance of O Holy Night.  As in past years, we will also be collecting donations for Code Blue Saratoga.
  
If you are in town for the Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk event, be sure to join us… a great place to get warm while listening to some beautiful music!

All Souls Day

Friday November 2nd 2018 ・ 7:00 pm

The Church of St. Peter 
241 Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY

Radiant Light: Hymn for the Faithful Departed (2014) will once again be performed as part of our Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on November 2nd (All Souls Day) during the Mass at 7:00 pm at St. Peter’s. Elements of my Mass setting, Mass of Redeeming Love (2011), will also be performed. At this celebration, we pray for all the souls in Purgatory and commend to God all those who have died in Christ, that our prayers might accompany them into the heavenly kingdom. At St. Peter’s, as in many parishes, we also take the opportunity to remember in a special way and pray for all our parishioners who have died during the year since last All Souls Day. All are welcome to this beautiful commemorative celebration.

Solemnity of All Saints

Thursday November 1st 2018 ・ 8:00 am and 7:00 pm

The Church of St. Peter 
241 Broadway  Saratoga Springs, NY

My hymn, The Saints of the Lord (2009), will once again be performed as part of the Church’s celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1st during Mass at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm at St. Peter’s. Elements of my Mass setting, Mass of Redeeming Love (2011), will also be performed. I will be joined by members of our choir for the 7:00 pm. On All Saints Day, we celebrate all those who have gone before us into the heavenly kingdom, both those who are officially canonized by the Church, and those countless saints whose names we do not know.  As a Solemnity, this day is considered by the Church as important as Sunday itself, and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those brothers and sisters of ours who pray for us in the very presence of God. All are welcome to this celebration!

"Epiclesis" Premiere at SCCC Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Thursday September 20th 2018 ・ 7:30 pm

Carl B. Taylor Auditorium
Schenectady County Community College 
78 Washington Avenue  Schenectady, NY

In a program titled "Embracing the Modern," Dr. Allyson Keyser, trumpet, and trombonist Phil Pandori are joined by harpist Karlinda Calcicott perform the world premiere of Epiclesis for trumpet, trombone, and harp. Pianist and SCCC Chamber Music Series Director Mark Evans also join Keyser and Pandori to perform works by Alxander Arutiunian, Joseph Turrin, Rossini and more.

The SCCC Chamber Music Series is offered to the public free of admission charge.

Saratoga Arts 2018 Grants Award Reception

Thursday April 5th 2018 ・ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saratoga Arts at The Arts Center
320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY

Join me and the other individual artists and organizations who have been selected as the Saratoga Arts' 2018 Community Arts Grants recipients for an awards reception. Thirty-five grants totaling $103,800 are being awarded to organizations and individual artists in Fulton, Montgomery, and Saratoga Counties for a variety of community-based arts events taking place in 2018.

My composition project, Adirondack Sketches, is one of the projects being supported by the Saratoga Arts grant program, which is made possible with an Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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