Covelli, Kolb and friends play Belleayre benefit

Highmount – Piano virtuosos John Covelli and Justin Kolb, along with special guests Mikhail Horowitz, Louis Otey and Jacqueline Kerrod, will perform a benefit show at the Belleayre Music Festival on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m.
Maestro Covelli and Justin Kolb headline an evening that promises humor, passion, and virtuosity in this provocative and most unusual ensemble presentation.
In addition to Kolb and Covelli’s keyboard pyrotechnics as piano soloists and partners in four-hand music, the audience will enjoy invited collaborators well-known to the local community and New York City audiences. 
Mikhail Horowitz, Hudson Valley poet and performance artist, will collaborate with Kolb. Their show last year drew rave reviews.
Covelli will perform with the acclaimed harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, who has appeared internationally and as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society.  
Baritone Louis Otey has generously volunteered to join these classical collaborators. Otey’s performances with the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and his roles as Don Giovanni, Escamillo and Eisenstein have received high praise and enthusiasm from the public and critics worldwide. 
Kolb and Covelli promise that the audience will enjoy old-time classical favorites as well as Americana repertoire ranging from “Troubled Water” to “Old Man River.”
John Covelli, is the founding Conductor of the Belleayre Festival Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Binghamton Philharmonic. Currently he is also Music Director of A Company for Chamber Opera, newly appointed Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope Concert Productions, a guest conductor, solo pianist, master teacher and chamber player.
Catskill native and classical pianist Justin Kolb is internationally celebrated as a piano virtuoso. He advocates music by living American composers through his own performances and his traditional repertoire spotlights Beethoven and Liszt.
Proceeds from the show support the classical music sponsored by the Belleayre Conservatory at the Belleayre Music Festival.

2009 calendar
Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. Festival Opera - Die Fledermaus; Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m.; Humpty Dumpty – Children’s Opera (free admission); Saturday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Paul Simon’s Graceland backing band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m., Pablo Ziegler – Trio for Nuevo Tango; Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m., jazz chanteuse Leny Andrade; Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m., Kevin Mahogany; Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., Jay Leno’s band leader Kevin Eubanks; Saturday, Aug. 22 – 8 p.m., Bob Marley’s band The Original Wailers; Sunday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., KIDSTOCK featuring Uncle Rock and the Playthings with special guests Paul Green’s School of Rock (free admission); Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ABBA— The Tour.

Ticket purchasing
Ticket for all shows in the 2009 summer concert season at the Belleayre Music Festival, are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit: The festival’s e-mail address is:
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Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.
Belleayre Mountain is located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountain region. The area is located just off Route 28 and is 37 miles west of Thruway Exit 19 at Kingston; 55 miles southeast of Oneonta on Route 28; 40 miles from the Route 17 exit at Roscoe; and 95 miles southwest of Albany and just two hours north of NYC.