We're pleased to announce that Maestro Erik Kibelsbeck has agreed to return as conductor for the 2010 summer concerts.
Since 2004, Erik has served as music director at Ithaca’s St. Luke Lutheran Church where he also plays the organ and coordinates the Vespers at St. Luke series. He is beginning his ninth season as music director of the Onondaga Civic Symphony, leading three classics and one pops concert each year and conducting an ever-increasing range of the standard symphonic repertoire. He conducted the Ithaca College Trombone Troupe for over seven years, and has taught various courses at Ithaca College, where he is the coordinator of music facilities and publicity. Erik holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Ithaca College and a bachelor's degree in bassoon and music education from the Eastman School of Music.
In previous summers, our concert programming has been arranged from the standard string orchestra repertoire, which causes us to use our soprano violins much the same way as the first violins are used in a conventional group. This year, we send our highest voices skyward in several selections, highlighting some capabilities in both the players and instruments that have not been revealed before. Must be heard to be believed!
" . . . absolutely wonderful --the instruments, your explanatory words, the repertoire and the performances."
" . . . a shimmering and blended ideal of these strings!"
"Saturday evening was especially wondrous for me to at last hear evidence of this amazing sound ideal."
" . . . a magnificent experience!"
"The sound was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. About halfway through the Bachianas, I felt all my shakras open!"
"The concert was enjoyable, informative, and interesting. Unlike most other concerts I've attended, it was also satisfying."
"Thank you so much for a wonderful concert!"
" . . . a new course for the orchestras of the future! I was so impressed . . ."
" . . . the sound is incredibly full and beautiful. Please convey my sincere thanks to the ensemble, conductor and all who generously donated their time and fine musicianship."
"Performancewise, perhaps a few chuffs and fluffs as per usual, more than made up for by the energy and that incredible SOUND. WOW ! Crank it up !"
"I've been watching you develop and refine these instruments for the last seven years, but even I didn't understand what you were talking about until I heard the orchestra in person. The sound was amazing . . ."
"The program listed 15 players, but I found myself constantly counting the number on stage because it sounded like there were 30 of you up there."
"The day after the concert I was jogging while listening to [a standard orchestra playing] Mozart on my iPod. The strings sounded like they were scattered out in space, and I finally understood what you meant. I *really* missed the tenors. When it comes to listening to [conventional] string playing, you've ruined me."
"I've never heard so much sound from so few strings. It was massive and organ-like. Remarkable."
"This is the first orchestra I've heard where all the instruments are equal. No one covers up anyone else."
"They really do have a different sound, these instruments. A nice blended vibrational pattern- it's fascinating."