For the Audience: Stories and Beautiful Music

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PHOTO CAPTION: Lincoln Mayorga (left) was staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of such motion pictures as “Chinatown”, The Competition” and “Ragtime.”  Arnold Steinhardt (right) was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet – recipients of dozens of awards for excellence in string playing.  ClaverackLanding is presenting these two in concert: “Steinhardt/Mayorga – From 0 to 75 in 60 Minutes” at Club Helsinki on Saturday, May 11th beginning at 8 pm.  For tickets ($30.00 each) go to www.ClaverackLanding.org or call Club Helsinki directly at 518.828.4800.

For the Audience: Stories and Beautiful Music

HUSON – In 1952, two young boys from Bancroft Junior High School in Los Angeles played in the orchestra together, played in their backyards together, and played at being grown-up impresarios.  For youngsters, it was a time when arts education was at its peak.  The school had a senior orchestra, a junior orchestra, senior and junior choirs, a patriotic bugle corps and even a class for “remedial” instrumentalists.  Those were the days….

For these two, at least, all that training paid off.  After making his solo debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of fourteen, Arnold Steinhardt went on to be a founding member (1964) and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet.  The group criss-crossed the globe and made numerous recordings, many of which are considered the most important works in string quartet and chamber music literature.

Mayorga took a different route to success entirely.  While his training was as a classical pianist, he began his career as an arranger for his high-school friends, The Four Preps.  He went on to be part of several rock and roll groups, segued to work with Phil Ochs, and released the first single ever on Frank Sinatra’s Reprise record label in 1961.  He became staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and contributed to the soundtracks of Chinatown, The Rose and Ragtime.  He also worked on the music for familiar TV series Bonanza, Dallas, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven.  Not one to be pigeon-holed , he spread his wings as a  session musician and arranger who worked on recordings with Sam Cooke, Dory Previn, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme and Frank Zappa.

On Saturday evening, May 11th, beginning at 8 pm, these two extraordinary personalities will be sharing memories of over 75 years in music, during their performance: Arnold Steinhardt and Lincoln Mayorga – “From 0 to 75 in 60 Minutes”.  Presented by ClaverackLanding, the show takes place at Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street in Hudson.  Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased online at www.ClaverackLanding.org or by calling Club Helsinki at 518.828.4800.

“The program will be like a meal,” says Steinhardt.  “There will be several courses with lots of variety.  We’ll be playing the Brahms Sonata in A Major; a piece we put on CD years ago, The Grieg Sonata #3 in C Minor, and, for the ice cream course, a rumba that Lincoln wrote for me years ago.”  Interspersed will be stories from each of them – “talk of how our lives have intertwined over the years” as well as ways they spun off in independent directions.

“We’ve each had different experiences in music,” adds to violinist. “But, it’s bringing those two viewpoints together that has been so influential for each of us.  My classical music is interpreted differently because of my exposure to Lincoln’s style and approach.”  Mayorga, too, has taken his film and rock background and played a series of solo classical concerts that are deeply affected by his commercial ventures.

Together, these two childhood chums, now both 76 years old, will be spending an evening “schmoozing” as Steinhardt puts it.  “It should be an absolutely delicious evening.  We’ll give the audience something classical and something popular.  For anyone that comes, it’ll be an evening of stories and beautiful music.

Arnold Steinhardt and Lincoln Mayorga – From 0 to 75 in 60 Minutes” takes place on Saturday, May 11th beginning at 8 pm.  The show will be at Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson.  Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased at www.ClaverackLanding.org or by calling Helsinki at 518 828.4800.

Concerts and education programs of ClaverackLanding, great music in great spaces, are supported in part by Herrington’s, Hudson River Bank & Trust Company foundation, T.Backer Fund, JSL Computer Services, and many generous individuals and business sponsors.