Classics schedule for 2015 released
The 2015 Classics at Montauk will celebrate two anniversaries this winter with three outstanding and popular concerts. This will be the tenth consecutive year for the concert series in the Governor Larrabee mansion and also the one hundredth year (1915) since Montauk’s Mason and Hamlin grand piano was built, delivered one year later (1916), and restored two years ago.
Classics at Montauk were established in 2004 to capture and bring back Parlor Concerts that were fashionable throughout the civilized world of the later 1800s and early 1900s. Three free Sunday concerts are held in January, February and March each year bringing piano, vocal and instrumental concerts.
This year’s opening concert will feature Tromboreota on Sunday, January 18. Concert pianist Miko Kominami will play the Mason and Hamlin piano on Sunday, February 15, followed by soprano vocalist Rachel Stoirlie accompanied by pianist Dr. Jessica Paul on Sunday, March 15.
Tromboneota, as you might expect, is a performance quartet of trombones- sometimes accompanied by a pianist. The ensemble includes Benjamin Yates, adjunct Luther College faculty for trombone, euphonium and tuba. Benjamin is a graduate of Luther College and the University of Illinois. He currently is a member of three symphony orchestras.
Miko Kaminami is a graduate of Juilliard School and currently enjoys a varied career on the faculty at Luther College and principal keyboardist of Orchestra Iowa. She has performed concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, Toronto and other venues. She has received many awards for her talents and is featured on Centaur Records label.
Rachel Storlie and Dr. Jessica Paul are excitedly building a special concert for the final 2015 concert on March 15. Ms. Storlie is a Luther College graduate, and Luther Professor Dr. Paul has accompanied countless professional soloists throughout America. Rachel has often featured Norwegian and American historic music throughout theater in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
All concerts begin on Sunday at 2:00pm in the Larrabee Mansion in the music room, with added seating available in the adjoining and open dining room. The concerts are free, as is the tea following the concert when the audience will have the opportunity to visit with the performers. In the event of a weather postponement, the concert will be held the following Sunday.
Concerts are sponsored by the Clermont Historical Society and the State Historical Society. Planning Committee members include Montauk site manager Wade Schott, Arline Davisson and Dona Lansing of the Clermont Historical Society and local organizer Steve Story of Hawkeye. Advance free tickets may be reserved through any of the planning committee.