In case you missed it, we hosted an amazing discussion with Lucian Ban last week as part of our Celebrating Bartók series! Ban presented "Retracing Bartók – From Transylvania to Saranac Lake," discussing Bartok’s lifelong dedication and passion for the folk music of Romanian people, and his research trips and field recordings at the beginning of the Twentieth Century in Transylvania and beyond. The entire presentation is now available to watch on our YouTube channel. Please share the link with anyone who might enjoy learning more about Bartók!
If you are interested in Ban's album of folk recordings, it can be found on BandCamp.
All previous recordings from this series are available on our YouTube channel as well.
And finally, learn more about the remainder of the series on our website. The Celebrating Bartók series is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom.
Museum Monday: THanks Volunteers!
August is National Dog Month, so why not take your best friend out for an adventure? This unidentified dog and his human companion were in search of the finest fish Lake Flower had to offer! We don't know if they caught anything though...
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 344. Gift of Anna Ferree.]
Loon Lake Live tonight!
Bartók fans, don't miss out on a special performance by Loon Lake Live tonight, August 1, at 8:30PM! The "house band" of the Saranac Laboratory Museum will be performing a new arrangement of Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto, in addition to an old arrangement of WA Mozart’s Romance from Horn Concerto #4, and two fantastic string quartet pieces: Javier Alvarez’s Metro Chabacano and Jessie Montgomery’s Strum.
Conveniently, you can catch this and many other Loon Lake Live performances in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Learn more about the entire summer series on Loon Lake Live's website.
If you can't join them tonight in person, you can still watch a wonderful performance in partnership with Catherine Beeson on our YouTube channel.
Celebrating Bartók Continues!
In case you missed it, our Celebrating Bartók series is continuing this month with a prerecorded performance by Catherine Beeson! The video premiered on our YouTube channel on Friday. You can view, like, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
"Celebrating Bartok: Concerto for Viola - A New Perspective, and Four Selections from 44 Duos on collected folk tunes," was arranged by Benjamin Tomkins.
Catherine Beeson is Artistic Director of Loon Lake Live, the North Country’s premiere chamber music series, and Historic Saranac Lake’s “house band.” In addition to LLL she has performed as soloist and guest artist with the Colorado Symphony, Ensemble Faucheux, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Lenape Chamber Ensemble. Catherine has also served as Director of Education and Community Engagement programs for the Colorado Symphony, and as Executive Director for the Longmont Symphony. She is a proud advocate for the music of our time as it connects us to the past, envisions our future, and reflects to us our collective ‘You Are Here’.
Learn more about upcoming events in our Celebrating Bartók series on our website.
Image of the week: summer picnic!
Image of the Week: This photograph shows Trudeau Sanatorium patients Jim, Jerry, Rita, Randy, Maria, and Frances having a "picnic on one of the islands," c. 1946. Patients often explored the area, on foot, by car, and even by boat when their doctors and health allowed. This photograph was taken by patient Betty Kelly while curing in the Schiff Cottage in the late 1940s.
Together, let's make history! If you're enjoying these images of the week, please consider becoming a member of Historic Saranac Lake. So much is happening here at the museum, and we want you to be a part of it! As a member of Historic Saranac Lake, your involvement matters so much. We invite you to share your ideas as we plan for the expansion of the museum into the Trudeau Building. And please mark your calendar for our Membership Party on Monday, July 25. Head to our membership page to find out more about our organization and join as a member!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.9.1.15.1. Gift of Betty Kelly Gaffney.]
Did you know that you can borrow our Pandemic Perspectives exhibit to display at your museum, school, or other organization? You can learn more about the exhibit and find out how to borrow it by visiting our curriculum page.
This year the exhibit has traveled to the LeRay Mansion and Saranac Lake High School! Check out the LeRay Mansion website to see more.
Stay up to date on all the news and happenings from Historic Saranac Lake at the Saranac Laboratory Museum!