Our Upstate Adventure

July 12-14 2013

Hello World! We are excited to share our first official blog post with you! It begins with our first official upstate New York concert & retreat!  The SIRENS on this trip were Kelly Savage (Harpsichord), Anneke Shaul-Yoder (cello), Emily Hale (Violin & Visiting home from London!), Antonia Nelson (violin), Brett Umlauf & Brittany Palmer (Sopranos).

Two of our Sirens, Anneke & Antonia have residences up in the beautiful Catskills Mountains and were delighted to bring our city girls up for a weekend in the country.

Nature did not disappoint: As soon as we arrived we discovered a young black bear had found his way to the orchard.  He was undoubtedly loving life – rolling around joyously under the fruit-laden trees… we watched as he meandered over the rocks to sit against a tree, scratching his back and and finally passing out in a fruit coma!

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After the exciting welcome – we got to work, putting finishing touches to our “SUMMER SONGS” program, however there was a set back… Anneke’s bow had broken! She tried all kinds of tricks: shoving paper between the frog and the hair, using tape. We called everyone we knew up here, you can imagine how hard it is to find a Baroque cello bow!  LUCKILY Kelly ‘s husband Sharad plays cello and has a baroque bow.  He truly saved the day by agreeing to bring it up the next morning, Thanks Sharad!!

Here are some rehearsal photos:

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After rehearsal, Alexander fired up the grill and we enjoyed local foods and wine in a beautiful wooded setting. (Did I mention he brought us fancy chocolate, wine and bread??)

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The next morning we woke up and headed over to the Olive Free Library in West Shokan, New York.  The library was packed and we had the best time performing for everyone (below is our program) the photos are courtesy  of the very talented Mr. Ted Ojarovsky.

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Program:
Corelli Trio Sonata Op. 4 No. 1 in C Maj.
Vivaldi “Zeffiretti che susurate”
Handel “Va speme infido”
Scarlatti “Su le sponde del tebro”
Vivaldi “La Folia”
Dowland “Have you seen but a white lily grow”
“Sumer is icumen in” (traditional English, ca. 1250)

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About SIREN Baroque

SIREN Baroque is an all-female baroque ensemble from New York City. Presenting passionate and historically informed performances throughout the States and overseas, the women of SIREN are committed to infusing spirited historical accuracy with a tinge of modern dynamism. Critics praise SIREN Baroque’s “unusual freshness” (Seen and Heard International) and “secure and stylish” playing (New York Times).
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