Our season concludes with our elegant and exciting gala fundraiser on Sunday, May 4, 5-9pm at the Old Daley Inn at Crooked Lake. By popular demand, we return to our theme of Pairs in the 1920s and 30s. Americans flocked to the City of Light and of Love to absorb the culture and vibrancy that marked this special mecca of European life and artistic expression. Music clubs thrived, dance halls buzzed all night long, and some of America's greatest musicians, dancers and artists lived in Paris to experience this synergy. Take a step back in time and drink in this atmosphere. Enjoy a very special dance and musical show with the professional dancers form the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Latham, performing to live music by Musicians of Ma'alwyck. An incredible feast of food will be served with wines, a special beer by George de Piro, along with dancing, live and silent auctions and great conviviality. Don't miss out, tickets are $130 here on line and your spot most be reserved by Monday, April 28th. Go to our ticket page for more information.
Musicians of Ma’alwyck is a flexible-size chamber ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site and Schenectady County Community College. Founded in 1999 by violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, the group specializes in music performed in America during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Many of the performing materials are drawn from the Special Collections of the New York State Library. In 2002, Musicians of Ma’alwyck performed by invitation for television producer Norman Lear in celebration of his purchase of the last private copy of the Declaration of Independence. Musicians of Ma’alwyck has been presented on National Public Radio, WMHT-FM and WMHT-TV. In 2009 the ensemble produced the 1783 opera The Poor Soldier of William Shield, drawing national attention. Musicians of Ma’alwyck was named the best chamber music ensemble of the Capital Region for both 2008 and 2009 by Metroland. In 2009 the ensemble made its television documentary debut performing in a film titled Greene County USA.