Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's not too late to make a tax-deductible year end gift to The Friends of Beattie-Powers!

Dear Friends,
We've had another amazing year, thanks so much to you!
In our 10th year as the Friends of Beattie-Powers - we offered a record number of events at our cherished landmark. In addition to the staples you've come to love - the classical music series, Bard at Beattie, and what was this year the 4th annual Hot Stove League Talk, we added two new series and a number of new events! Vassar at Beattie and Jazz at Beattie were launched to everyone's listening joy. And we kicked off the year with 'Sensing Beattie-Powers Place,' a photography exhibit featuring works by a collection of talented, local photographers.
We are committed to continuing our programming, most all of which is offered free of charge to the public, because we believe in the importance of both cultivating talent and bringing quality musical performances to the Village of Catskill. 
At our recent holiday gathering, we collected a number of year-end donations -- all of which are 100% tax-deductible. 
We'd like to encourage all of our friends to remember us with your year-end giving. In addition to supplementing our programming, your gift will help us continue to make much-needed repairs on our historic structure (next up: electrical work!). 
It's thanks to you and an earnest group of volunteers that we've been able to provide some truly inspired programming this past year. Help us keep that momentum going into 2016!
You can donate to us today online, here, by clicking the donate button in the right column.
Send us a check, made payable to The Friends of Beattie-Powers, and mail to:
     The Friends of Beattie-Powers
     P.O. Box 453
     Catskill, NY 12414
Wishing you and yours the best of holidays! 

Your friends at Beattie-Powers

Friday, December 11, 2015

Joy to the world of our Friends!

As 2015 draws to a close, a big "thank you" for another year of support. We hope you enjoyed our Annual Holiday Party, and look forward to seeing you next year at the wonderful events you help make possible. Happy holidays to all!



Photos courtesy of Rob Shannon

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A taste of medieval and baroque music (with a side of cake)

Bossinensis. Ciconia. Landini. Caldera. These were some of the less-familiar composers the Hudson River Consort featured on last Saturday's program. A packed house enjoyed our first early music concert, accompanied by informative – and humorous – insights from the musicians, who'll return next spring (stay tuned for details). Many thanks to Verdigris Tea for the scrumptious cake served at the reception; their new Catskill store opens soon, and we can't wait!

Christine Gummere, Baroque Cello
Rachel Evans, Baroque Violin
Christa Patton, Baroque Harp
Drew Minter, Countertenor

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Beethoven. Chopin. Prokofiev. Rachmaninoff. Great works performed by young artists, Sun., Nov. 15, 2pm

Domantas Karalius, a pianist who holds the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Scholarship at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, grew up in Kaunas, Lithuania. After a year of study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in 2014 he transferred to the Bard Conservatory to study piano with Benjamin Hochman. He has won first prize at many international competitions including the 2009 “Klaveri eriala opilaste koolidevahelisel konkursil” competition in Estonia, and the "Kaunas Sonorum 2011" competition in Lithuania. In 2014, he won a YAMAHA Music Foundation of Europe award for piano performance.

Avery Morris, Violinist, attends the Bard Conservatory of Music and Bard College where she is a student of Weigang Li, of the Shanghai String Quartet. Prior to Bard, she was a student of Alexander Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Avery has performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as a first violinist in the American Youth Symphony, the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theatre, where she and her twin sister soloed with orchestra, performing on “Sundays Live” KUSC and KCSN Radio; preceding a concert with the Palisades Symphony as the 2013 first prizewinners of the symphony’s Concerto Competition. On the international stage, she has performed in historic halls in Eastern Europe and Russia as a participant of the Bard Conservatory’s 2014 Tour. Avery has had the opportunity to work with artists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Laurie Smukler, Frank Huang, Margaret Lysy, Antonio Lysy and James Buswell, as well as perform in master classes for Charles Castleman, Danielle Belen, Joan Kwuon and Raymond Gniewek. She has attended the Heifetz Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, Center Stage Strings and Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France. Avery plays on a 1985 Grubaugh Violin, on generous loan from a private foundation.
An advocate for music as a powerful vehicle for social change, Avery is the co-founder of “Sounds of Social Change”, a student-initiated, Bard Trustee Leader Scholar Project (TLS) aimed at teaching and mentoring young musicians living throughout the world. As the co-director of the project, Avery and her colleagues recently received a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Prize and a $10,000 grant to fund their summer residency in SiloĆ©, a slum of Cali, Colombia.

In addition to her Violin studies, Avery is completing a degree in Mathematics at Bard College.