Lake Placid Summer Fun: FREE Sinfonietta in the Park


It has been touted that listening to classical music makes children smarter (though watching videos cancels it out) and “music soothes the savage beast.” So then it would only make sense to partake in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s concert series. Watching a taped performance is no substitute when a live one is available so the video issue is solved. We see a peaceful change come over our children when we join other patrons during the Wednesday evening Pops Series so the beastie issue is temporarily pacified.

Once again the Lake Placid Sinfonietta will be holding its free community concerts (Wed. 7:00 p.m.) at the Paul White Memorial Bandshell. This is also the first year that children 18-under will be admitted free to the Sunday Symphony Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA). That series starts at 7:30 pm and is followed by a reception where guests can mingle with the performers. What an amazing opportunity for children and adults.

Another midsummer treat will be the Community Matinee on July 25 at 2:00 at the LPCA. Previously called the Senior Matinee, this performance is open for all to enjoy an afternoon concert for a reduced price. Please call the LPCA at 523-2512 for more information.

This year Mark Mandarano will be the guest conductor from July 4 through July 20. A special treat will be the return of David Gilbert as Interim Artistic Director and Conductor (from July 22 to August 10). Gilbert was the Artistic Director and Conductor from 1985-1991. To make the family reunion complete, in August look for Gilbert’s daughter, award-winning soprano Halley Gilbert, to perform on July 30 and August 3. Not only is this Halley’s Lake Placid debut but also her first return to the area since she marched with other children around the bandshell for the last piece in a tradition started by her father.

My children appreciate music very differently. My son will watch each musician play his/her instrument and will later dissect the show. Yes, all the questions require a bit of research on the part of his parents. My daughter just gets up and dances. In her case it is definitely “to the tune of a different drummer.”

For those that love music and love a bargain, the LP Sinfonietta is a great place to meet. Bring your own children, borrow mine or opt to come alone and just sit back and enjoy.
For a current complete schedule of events, please call 518- 523-2051.

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