Lacawac Sanctuary’s “Arts Alive” performances series concludes on Saturday, August 11 with a 5 p.m. concert and dinner featuring the classical guitar of Jay Steveskey accompanied by Jason Smeltzer playing the Theremin. The “Arts Alive” programs are geared to bring fine and rare classical music to the region while raising money to support Lacawac’s environmental protection mission.
The concert will feature a progression from Renaissance to Romanticism in addition to several modern Brazilian compositions. Jay Steveskey has been a popular performer at Lacawac on the classical guitar, and is well known in the music field. This evening, his performance will be very different as his accompaniment features the Theremin, an instrument that is very unusual and is very rarely seen.
The Theremin is an early electronic instrument controlled without discernible contact from the player. It is named for its Russian inventor, Professor Leon Theremin. It is considered by some to be the early, historic forerunner of the synthesizer. Movement of the player’s hands through the air above it result in changes of the magnetic field and this modulates into sound. Jason Smeltzer is one of the few American masters of the Theremin and has just returned from a tour in Europe performing and demonstrating it.
To make the evening complete, Lacawac invites guests to join other audience members for a catered dinner with Mr. Steveskey and Mr. Smeltzer, in the antique laden dining room of Lacawac’s historic Watres Lodge. The dinner is optional and follows the 5 p.m. parlor performance at 6:30 p.m.
For information and reservations call (570)689-9494, afternoons, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.Lacawac.org Directions are available on the website. Dinner reservations must be made no later than August 8.
Admission for only the show is available at the door as space permits – but because of the small, intimate venue Lacawac is highly recommending advance reservations.
All income from the musical series goes to support the public environmental education and forest preservation efforts of Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation. Lacawac Sanctuary is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to a partnership of the preservation of the natural environment, public education and ecological scientific research. The public is invited to visit the sanctuary to hike and explore its various nature trails and to participate in the numerous educational and outdoors programs offered on the site.