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June 27, 2014

'Quiet Concert' to mark July 4

The Catskill Conservatory will present A Quiet Concert for the Fourth, the 17th annual Independence-Day musical gathering and potluck supper at the historic Windfall Dutch Barn, in Salt Springville, at 4 p.m. Friday, July 4. 

The event honors the memory of Louise Porter Moore, the benefactor of the barn, who died in 1994. Featured performers will be soprano Colby Thomas and composer/pianist Jeremy Wall, who will perform an hour-long program of works by American songwriters and lyricists. The concert is free and open to the public; neither tickets nor reservations are necessary. 

Thomas and Wall, who have been performing as a duo for the past 10 years, are both members of the music faculty at the State University College at Oneonta. Thomas, who is also an alumna of the college, began her career soon after graduation as a member of the New York City Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She starred in several tours of Broadway shows and eventually expanded those activities to Europe, where she auditioned for and won the role of Christine Daae in the German production of “Phantom of the Opera,” which led to a 9-year run at the Neue Flora Theater, in Hamburg. She has appeared as soloist with numerous musical organizations in central New York, and was nominated for an American Spirit Award for her starring role in the opera “Molly of the Mohawks.” 

Wall is best known as the co-founder of the award-winning jazz/crossover ensemble Spyro Gyra, which had its beginnings in Buffalo in the early 1990s. He has traveled the world as a member of that group, and, though he no longer tours with them, he has produced all 26 of their albums to-date, including one platinum and two gold records.  Active in the world of classical music, in addition to jazz and fusion styles, he has performed as soloist with numerous musical organizations throughout central New York, and has also received several commissions for new works.  

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