Chamber series continues with 'highly accessible' music

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:09

Montgomery — The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series continues on Nov. 13 with performers Piotr Kargul on viola and Ron DeFesi on piano. The concert is free. "They will play highly accessible music you will greatly enjoy," said series founder Howard Garrett. Kargul, of Montgomery, was born in Poland and raised in a family with musical traditions. He started playing viola as a child. But when in 1993 he moved with his family to the Hudson Valley, his busy new life and a hand injury kept him from the viola for more than a decade. He strongly renounced the idea of playing. But with encouragement from friends and family, he began again. His first performance in the United States was with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra. Later, he joined the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Opera Theater, the Opera Company of the Highlands, the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, the Schunnemunk String Quartet, and various small chamber music groups and ensembles in the Hudson Valley. He also composes music and plays the violin and piano. His accompanist, Ron DeFesi, is one of the best-known musicians in the Hudson Valley. If you go What: Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series Who: Piotr Kargul, viola, and Ron DeFesi, piano When: 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 Where: Senior Center, 36 Bridge St., Montgomery How much: Free. Call: 457 9867 Program 1. G. Puccini, Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut 2. L. Van Beethoven, Romanze Op. 50 No. 2 in F 3. G. Faure, Sicilliane 4. Hindemith, Trauermusik 5. S. Rachmaninoff, Vocalise 6. Kreisler, Preludium and Allegro 7. P. Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana 8. M. Bruch, Romanze 9. G. Faure, Apres Un Reve 10. Vieuxtemp, Capriccio 11. Debussy, La Plus Que Lente 12. P. Kargul, Valse Lointaine 13. J. Hummel, Fantasie Encore Pieces 14. Bacewicz, Polish Capriccio 15. Kreisler, Liebesleid 16. K. Weill, Youkali