Troy Chromatic Concerts Opens Season with Violinist Tessa Lark

Troy Chromatic Concerts opens its 121 Season with violinist extraordinaire Tessa Lark.  She will perform a program mixing classical compositions and traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday, October 6, at 7:30 PM.

Tessa Lark, Violin

Friday, October 6, 2017 7:30 PM    Tickets: $35, $25

Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She is praised consistently by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi- genre programming and performance. Also the recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2014, Lark continues to expand her relationships with orchestras and presenters on stages worldwide.

A passionate chamber musician, she has toured with musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and will appear on two tours with Musicians from Marlboro in 2018. Her piano trio, Trio Modêtre, took top prize in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Lark has collaborated with a growing list of renowned artists including Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Peter Wiley, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She joined Caramoor Virtuosi as a result of her participation in Caramoor’s Rising Stars Series.

Keeping in touch with her Kentucky roots, Lark performs and programs bluegrass and Appalachian music regularly. She collaborated with Mark O’Connor on his CD “MOC4,” released in June 2014. She also plays jazz violin, most recently performing with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City. She premiered her own Appalachian Fantasy as part of her Distinctive Debuts recital at Carnegie Hall, where she also gave the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Spoon Bread, written specifically for her stylistic capabilities.

Program (subject to change):

KORNGOLD   Suite from Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11

LARK              Appalachian Fantasy

KREISLER       Londonderry Air

RAVEL            Sonata  No. 2 in G Major, M. 77 (“Blues”)

FRANCK         Sonata in A Major (1886)

Troy Chromatics 2017-2018 complete season

Tessa Lark, Violin
Friday, October 6, 2017, 7:30 PM  Tickets: $35, $25

Emile Naoumoff, Piano
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:30 PM  Tickets: $35, $25

Staatskapelle Weimar
Kirill Karabits, General Music Director and Principal Conductor
Sunwook Kim, Piano Soloist
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 PM  Tickets: $55, $45

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:30 PM  Tickets: $55, $45

Johannes Moser, Cello
Andrei Korobeinikov, Piano
Friday, April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM  Tickets: $35, $25

All these performances are presented at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 32 Second Street, Troy, NY.  There will be a pre-concert talk at the Hall before each performance, starting at 6:30 PM.

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Single tickets are on sale now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at   Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, TroyMonday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

From the first concerts in private homes to the concert series of today, the aim of Troy Chromatic Concerts has been to bring musical programs of the highest caliber for the enjoyment of local audiences. Organized in 1894 by students of Troy music teacher J. Albert Jeffery, and led by David Cowee, Jr., the Chromatic Club presented its first concert in February of 1895 featuring world renowned artist Edward A. MacDowell. It was an enormous success and inspired the continuing commitment of ‘Chromatics’ to present the finest artists of their time.  More information on the Troy Chromatic Concerts may be found at

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