Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) has announced a series of programs in celebration of Béla Bartók. The great Hungarian composer spent the last three summers of his life in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York.
The program series includes five recorded or live events, to be shared online free of charge. One program will be shared per month, June through October, highlighting the great composer and his time in Saranac Lake. Presenters include musicians and scholars who have personal connections to Saranac Lake, Bartók, and his music.
In June, HSL is releasing a recording of a performance by pianist Pete Malinverni.
July will feature a recorded performance by violist Catherine Beeson.
In August, pianist Lucian Ban will present a live Zoom presentation titled, “Retracing Bartók – From Transylvania to Saranac Lake, Béla Bartók’s Lifelong Affair with Folk Music.”
September’s program is a live Zoom discussion titled, “From the Wellspring to the Ocean – Bartók’s Life Journey” with scholar, Peter Laki, Ph. D.
The series closes in October with an online presentation by Historic Saranac Lake staff, including a virtual tour of the Bartók Cabin and an inside peek into HSL’s new collection of Bartók artifacts.
For more information about each of the programs and to register for the live events, visit the Historic Saranac Lake website.
Portrait of Béla Bartók courtesy Historic Saranac Lake Collection.