“At a press conference in Kingston on March 31, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra’s president Gregory Dinger and new interim Executive Director Dana White-Marks (she plays viola, no joke) explained the difficulties that had led to suspension of the WCO’s activities,” writes Leslie Gerber in Monday’s (4/7) Woodstock Times (Woodstock, N.Y.). “But renewed fund-raising activities, including direct approaches to every member of the Woodstock and Ulster County Chambers of Commerce, have brought in enough donations to get the orchestra back in action, and not just for one concert. ‘We’ve also had lots of support from “average people,” ’ White-Marks said at a press conference on March 31. The orchestra will be performing at its usual venue, the Woodstock Playhouse, on April 13…. Music Director Nathan Madsen decided to get things going in an impressive way, with an all-Beethoven program. He has enlisted soprano Kimberly Kahan as soloist, to perform [Beethoven’s] concert aria ‘Ah! Perfido.’ … The program also includes the ‘Egmont’ Overture, a rarely-heard set of Contradances … and the First Symphony…. There are tentative plans for a second concert this season.”

Posted April 8, 2014