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An Afternoon of Chamber Music: Autumne Songs

November 3 @ 3:00 pm

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Autumne Songs: An Art Song Recital


Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor; Medina, clarinet; Inessa Zaretsky, piano

The Chamber Music Society of New Paltz is pleased to launch its inaugural season of concerts set in the scenic heart of the Hudson Valley this coming fall. Founded under the tutelage of renowned concert pianist, Inessa Zaretsky and Metropolitan Opera singer and International countertenor, Nicholas Tamagna, A Hudson Valley native, CMSNP is dedicated to bringing chamber music and vocal recital programs to the greater New York area through close collaboration with a multitude of artists and unique venues that strive to enrich the musical experience.

‘’We started CMSNP with the idea of pairing great music with art and natural wonders. The turning of the leaves is a stunning season in the Hudson Valley, and we wanted our audiences to enjoy great music in the most beautiful setting,” Zaretsky says.  Both Tamagna and Zaretsky are no strangers to the Hudson Valley. While Tamagna spent his youth living in Cold Spring, Zaretsky and her husband have a home in New Paltz. This dynamic duo is also frequent recital collaborators; most recently having premiered a recital program exploring Italian art song canon of the 20th and 21st centuries at the Magazzino Italiano Museum in Cold Spring, December 2018.

Ms. Zaretsky is an award-winning pianist and composer whose performances have taken her around the world, while her music has been performed in England, Norway, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Russia and throughout the United States. Inessa Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of Mannes College, The New School University. She is also the Director of the Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas, based in Asheville, North Carolina and is the Artistic co-director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York City with pianist Vassa Shevel. For the past 10 years she’s been performing with Craftsbury Chamber Players in Vermont.

She studied piano with Richard Goode and composition with Robert Cuckson at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has collaborated with many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Enso, Jasper and Cassat String Quartets, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra, musicians of the Boston, Chicago and Orpheus Orchestras, members of the Metropolitan Opera and many others.

Nicholas Tamagna, Vocal Director of Chamber Music Society of New Paltz, is a leading countertenor in his generation singing on many of the world’s stages.

Recent and upcoming performances include: Narciso (cover) in Händel’s Agrippina (Metropolitan Opera), Oberon (cover) in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wiener Staatsoper),Ermanno in Vinci’s Gismondo, Re di Polonia (Theater an der Wien),  Silvio in Händel’s Il Pastor Fido and Ruggiero in Händel’s Alcina (Halle Händelfestspiele), Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Florentine Opera), Siroe in Hasse’s Siroe, Re di Persia (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and the Nederlandse Reisopera), Pompeo in Vivaldi’s Il Farnace (Spoleto Festival USA), The Refugee in Dove’s Flight (Opera Omaha / Oldenburg),  Oronte in Riccardo Primo (Händelfestspiele Badisches Staatstheater),   Polinesso in Ariodante (Theater Münster), Hassan in Cities of Salt (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), and the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas and To be or not to be (with le Poème Harmonique: at lOpéra de Rouen, Vichy,  Royal de Versailles, and la Philharmonie de Paris).

Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, CMSNP is elated to collaborate with The Tesla String Quartet on the first program of the Season, Muted Gesture- chamber music concert, also featuring both Inessa Zaretsky known for her “…virtuoso playing and powerful temperament”, and Lenore Davis on piano. “The Tesla Quartet is world class and they continue to sweep the competition scene, says Zaretsky, so I am thrilled to collaborate with them on a variety of pieces, including my work, Muted Gestures, which was commissioned by Lenore Davis, and is scored for piano 4 hands and string quartet.”

The Second Program of the season, Autumne Songs, will feature countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, known for his “….Sharp timbre, radiating power and a natural sounding falsetto.”  “Autumn is such a colorful and beautiful time of year in The Hudson Valley and so many composers have created repertoire that speaks to that mindset,” says Tamagna.  He will be joined by Crystal Medina on clarinet and Inessa Zaretsky on piano. On why this program in particular, Tamagna says, “I chose music that I believe evokes a mood that one might encounter during a transitional period in his or her life. Autumn looks back at once to the warmth and heightened energetic summer, and looks forward to the cooling reflective and restive winter. It is the threshold between two worlds. And it is this in between space where magic is at its most potent.”

CMSNP prides itself on not only providing inspiring music, but also for joining forces with venues that draw listeners of all types and encourages them to immerse themselves in nature and all the artistic mind has to offer.  Both The DM Weil Gallery and The Chapel Restoration promise to offer the opportunity to indulge in the serenity of both art and nature while enjoying the nuances of two unique chamber music programs.

DM Weil Gallery offers a full immersive experience. At 3000 SQ Feet, it is the largest modern art gallery in the Hudson Valley. “My paintings are born from emotion, intellect and my unconscious,” says DM Weil, artist and owner.  “Many of Weil’s paintings explode with color.  They are extremely dramatic, and invariably elicit a strong emotional response in the viewer.  Many see her work as highly musical,” which is what part of the allure is for CMSNP.  Equally as stimulating for the senses, is The Chapel Restoration, a Hudson Valley Cultural Landmark. In 1971, having stood in ruins following a fire in 1927, the chapel restoration was overseen by architect Walter Knight Sturges after being purchased from the Archdiocese.  Part of the mission of The Chapel, which has been an ecumenical site since 1977, is to provide an ecumenical setting for significant occasions and events and to offer programs that enrich the cultural life of the community. Listeners will be able to take in the scenic views along the banks of The Hudson River, while basking in the colors and emotive nature of the works being presented.

Chamber Music Society of New Paltz is a 501(c) 3 organization and is grateful to both individual contributors and patrons who share our passion and partner with us in supporting our artistic mission.

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Rachel Weinstock


November 3
3:00 pm


DM Weil Gallery
208 Bruynswick Road
New Paltz, NY 12525 United States
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