Romantic classics featured the air Saturday at Belleayre

Highmount — Love will be in the air as Maestro John Covelli leads the Belleayre Festival Orchestra in an enchanted evening of romantic classics on Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

Maestro Covelli will conduct the orchestra and will also perform as a soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1. Asher Raboy will serve as guest conductor.

It was 19 years ago that Maestro Covelli led the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the first concert in what would evolve into the Belleayre Music Festival. Few conductors on the world stage today qualify more than John Covelli as a performer of multiple talents and diverse experience. 

At this year’s festival, he performs as both conductor and soloist in presenting a concert of spectacular romantic orchestral favorites. The program includes Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” and Rimsky Korsakov’s ever-popular “Capriccio Espagnole.”

The virtuosic finale features Mr. Covelli performing a riveting rendition of the celebrated masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. It is considered one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s works and among the best known of all piano concerti. Van Cliburn won the First International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 with this piece, much to the astonishment of people worldwide, as he was an American competing in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
Maestro Covelli had a longtime dream of establishing a regional orchestra and he realized this ambition in 2004 with the creation of the Belleayre Festival Orchestra. He will lead this dynamic group at the July 17 show.

Charlie Daniels & More
Upcoming shows include: Friday, July 16: Hip Singer-Songwriters Joseph Arthur Saturday, July 24: Country Legend Charlie Daniels Band; Friday, July 30: Javon Jackson; Saturday, July 31: Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread.”
August shows will be: Friday, August 6: John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet; Saturday, August 7: Patti Austin – “For Ella;” Saturday, August 14: America the 40th Anniversary Tour; Saturday, August 21: ’50s Dance Party “The Day the Music Died” - The music of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens; Saturday, August 28: Belleayre Festival Opera - Rossini’s Cinderella (“La Cenerentola”); Sunday, August 29: Children’s Opera Theater “Three Little Pigs” and Saturday, Sept. 4: Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville.

Ticket information
Tickets for all shows in the 2010 summer concert season at the Belleayre Music Festival, are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: www.belleayremusic.org or e-mail: festival@catskill.net.
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