Another afternoon of great music both old and new marked the second Rising Stars concert of the Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival. And, as was to be expected, it was a fantastic afternoon. Tenor Daniel Field (fresh from his performance in the Ugly Duckling last Friday) opened the program with music of Bellini, Samuel Barber, and the premiere of Quiet Song by Elizabeth Luttinger. Pianist Mark Sieling brought us Chopin, Mendelssohn, and premiered Etude by Nikolas Allen Jeleniauskas. And violinist Alicia Friedrichs closed this year’s Rising Stars series with the music of Mozart, Massenet, and Heather’s Spring by Kevin Namitz, our third premiere of the concert. And, as always, Sar Shalom Strong was on hand to accompany Daniel and Alicia.
We had a wonderful audience as well. On hand were listeners both young and old, and from varied backgrounds as well – visual artists, musicians, composers, arts enthusiasts, and first-time attendees – all provided an enthusiastic audience for these talented young performers.