Concert Sunday aids artist residency scholarship fund

Published Nov 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

LEONARDSVILLE — Lucas Button, a 24-year-old Central New York native who performed the past three summers as a principal cellist with the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra in Massachusetts, will be the featured performer at the Horned Dorset Inn’s upcoming dinner-concert on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The event begins at 4 p.m.

Playing on the theme “Made in Central New York,” Button will perform a solo concert, highlighted by a performance of Dialoghi by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Cornell University professor Steven Stucky. The program also will include works by J.S. Bach and Hans Werner Henze. The Rochester resident plays as a full-time member of Symphoria in Syracuse and has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic and several chamber music ensembles. He also has been a soloist with the Schenectady and Catskill symphony orchestras, as well as the former Syracuse Symphony. He earned his master’s degree in cello performance, with honors, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and his bachelor’s degree with honors from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Raised in Oneonta and Syracuse, he graduated from high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan while spending many summers at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta. It was there that he first came under the tutelage of conductor Charles Schneider, founding music director of the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown and music director of the former Utica Symphony Orchestra. 

The dinner-concert will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the concert at 5 p.m. and then dinner. The cost is $68 per person, excluding beverages. Reservations should be made by calling 315-855-7898. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Horned Dorset Colony artist residency program scholarship fund.  

The inn is located at 2000 Route 8. On the net: www.horneddorsetinn.com.