EAST MEREDITH— In a break from tradition, the West Kortright Center (WKC) has added an additional program to its 2019 schedule. Willem Frieswijkm trumpet and Irina Osetskaya, piano, trumpet perform a charity concert every year as the Osetskii Duo. In recent years, they have financed bicycles for schoolchildren in India and built a fully-equipped library in Africa. The pair has fond memories of visiting East Meredith in the past and this year, will perform a fundraising concert for WKC.
According to WKC’s Caitlyn Davey, the pair expressed a “wish to contribute to the local community during their next visit,” and the East Meredith arts organization was happy to accommodate the. On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m., the Osetskii Duo brings its contemporary flair and timeless elegance to the West Kortright Centre as a fundraiser for the performing arts center. Admission is by donation at the door.
Fascinated by the great swing-trumpeters, Willem Frieswijk started playing the trumpet when he was only six years old. In 1989, he graduated from the Prince Claus Conservatoire of Groningen in the Netherlands and was invited to study chamber music with Willem van der Vliet. Since then, he has been involved in many styles of music, including baroque and classical music, as well as swing and blues.
Irina Osetskaya began studying the piano from age three, taught by her mother, a professional cellist and pianist. She attended the Conservatorial Music College and the St. Petersburg Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory, where she graduated in 1995. She was then invited to study at the Prince Claus Conservatoire of Groningen and graduated with renowned Dutch pianist Paul Komen in 1998. Irina is employed by the Conservatoire Groningen as an accompanist and coach and often teaches master classes for piano and chamber music. In 2018, Irina discovered a passion for the trumpet and has been studying under Willem Frieswijk.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For exact travel directions, visit westkc.org.