Musicians of Ma’alwyck

Fall 2018 Programs

Musicians of Ma’alwyck has an exciting and musically significant fall 2018 planned with concerts throughout the Capital Region and programming celebrating the region’s rich history, as well as WW1 commemorative programs.

  Flint House Fall Festival

Sunday, September 23, 11am-3pm

Musicians of Ma’alwyck will open our fall 2018 season with a performance at Scotia’s historic Flint House. Alexander Lindsey settled on the north side of the Mohawk in 1658, so Scotia is celebrating its 360th birthday. We will present a concert featuring music from each of Scotia's centuries, from the 1600s to the present. There will be tours of the house, demonstrations, food and beverage, and the concert at 1:30. Bring a picnic, bring a chair!  Check for event details at


Yates Mansion Gala

Thursday, October 18

Musicians of Ma’alwyck will provide music for the second Yates Mansion gala.  Last year our flutist Norman Thibodeau composed as a surprise gift a Governor Yates March for the event!  Check for event details at


Subscription Concert No 1

Sunday, October 21, 5pm

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

 Nights in Naples and a Few Other Places!

A concert featuring works of Blum, Monzani and Weber for flute, violin and guitar

Tickets $30 for adults and $12 for students.

Dinner to follow at Café Capriccio. $45. Seating strictly limited, reservations necessary by Oct 18.

On July 12th the Capital Region lost a wonderful patron of the arts, and Musicians of Ma’alwyck lost a dear friend and supporter. Harry Roy, Professor of Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, passed away suddenly. Harry was an avid music lover, who sang in choirs in the area, including Albany Pro Musica and Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and was an enthusiastic concert attender. He and his wife Sharon have been a regular fixture in our audiences since our very first concerts. Harry could be counted on to have insightful and humorous comments after each performance. Harry was also a great patron of Musicians of Ma’alwyck. We will profoundly miss Harry, and we dedicate our first concert at the Schuyler Mansion in loving memory of him.


WW1 Armistice Centennial Commemorative Programs

 Beginning in October and culminating the afternoon before the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Musicians of Ma’alwyck will present a variety of concerts, previews, a gala, and lecture-recitals that focus on the concert life of WW1. We are particularly excited about our commission of a score from composer Max Caplan (Aleda) to accompany the WW1 American film Under Four Flags.   Musicians of Ma’alwyck is honored to present a series of programs and concerts in conjunction with the Albany Symphony’s production of Britten’s epic War Requiem in November.

Tuesday, October 16, 12noon

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy


Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm

McChesney Room, Schenectady County Public Library

Good Musicians, Good Soldiers

A look at four concert violinists-- Fritz Kreisler, David Hochstein, Samuel Gardner and Jacques Thibaud--  during WW1. These violinists enjoyed superstar careers but were deeply affected by WW1. This program by Musicians of Ma’alwyck director and violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz will discuss their lives and response to this devastating war, as well as performing some of the signature repertory that they played during the time, including Kreisler’s Polchinelle and transcription of Francoeur’s Sicilienne & Rigaudon, works of Samuel Gardner and the soaring final movement of Franck’s violin sonata (a staple of Thibaud’s concert programming). Max Caplan, piano.  These programs are presented with support from the Albany Symphony, St. Paul’s Church, Troy and the Friends of Schenectady County Public Library.  Free and open to the public. 


Saturday, November 3, 5-9pm

Mohawk Golf Club, Schenectady

Watch Your Step, A WW1 themed Gala

Join Musicians of Ma’alwyck for our annual fundraising gala as we present an evening of music and professional ballroom dance set to the 1914-18 period with songs of Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, Franz Lehar, Rudolf Friml and Giacomo Puccini. Musicians of Ma’alwyck returns to the historic Mohawk Golf Club, the perfect setting with its glorious high-ceilinged ballroom and elegant service. The evening features the performance, wonderful dinner, silent auction and general dancing throughout the night. Musicians of Ma’alwyck will be joined by some very special guest artists, as well as the Fred Astaire Dance Studio professionals.


Wednesday, November 7, 12-12:50pm

Schenectady County Community College, Carl Taylor Auditorium

Under Four Flags

In 1918 an American documentary about the War was released just following the Armistice. Featuring footage shot in the desolate fields of Belgium and France by film crews assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces, the movie provides a very unique look into the final days of the War. Musicians of Ma’alwyck has commissioned composer Max Caplan to write a score for this silent film. He will discuss the process of creating the piece and the ensemble will perform excerpts from the score.  Free and open to the public. 


Subscription Concert No 2

Saturday, November 10, 2:30pm

First Reformed Church, Schenectady

To a Soldier: A Great Life Lost

Musicians of Ma’alwyck honors the life of violinist David Hochstein, a great concert artist, who was the nephew of Emma Goldman, and discovered by George Eastman. Hochstein volunteered to serve in the front lines in France and was killed in October 1918. His death reverberated around the musical world and inspired fellow violinist Samuel Gardner (1918 winner of Pulitzer Prize in Music) to compose a profoundly moving piano quintet depicting Hochstein’s life. Musicians of Ma’alwyck presents this quintet, paired with music of Hochstein and Fritz Kreisler. The program opens with the silent film Under Four Flags shown with a newly created score by composer Max Caplan. The performance also features readings from WW1 letters by Pastor William Levering and Norman Thibodeau. Special guest artists include violinist Theodore Arm and pianist Max Caplan.


Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm

Proctors Theatre, Main Stage

Albany Symphony

Britten's Moving War Requiem

Please join our friends at the Albany Symphony for the conclusion of this commemoration series with their monumental performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem: David Alan Miller, Conductor, Albany Pro Musica, and Cathedral of All Saints' Boyschoir.  Call the Albany Symphony at 518-694-3300 and identify yourself as a friend of the Musicians of Ma'alwyck for 10% off any seat to the War Requiem. For more information and a full listing of commemorative events, visit, including movies at Proctors and programs by Schenectady County Historical Society.


Sunday, December 16, 2pm

Ten Broeck Mansion

Annual Musicians of Ma’alwyck Holiday Concert

A program featuring violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz and guitarist Sten Isachsen, with music both celebrating the season and repertory that reflects the history of Ten Broeck Mansion.  Check for event details at




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