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Beth Emeth’s TRG slates two musical Shabbat events

EMMY TISDEL

KATE DREYFUSS

FRANCESCA MCNEELEY

ERICA SCHWARTZ

ALBANY–Music lovers may mark their August calendars for two events sponsored by The Renaissance Group of Congregation Beth Emeth—a ‘String Quartet Shabbat’ on Friday, Aug. 16, and ‘Torah at Tanglewood’ on Saturday, Aug 24.

The ‘String Quartet Shabbat and Dinner’ will be held on Aug. 16 at the synagogue, 100  Academy Rd., Albany. The evening will feature a concert with the “Quartet Doyenne,” at 7:30 p.m., following the congregation’s 5:30 p.m. Shabbat service and a 6:30 p.m. dinner. “Quartet Doyenne” will play Mendelssohn op 80 and Haydn op 20 no 2. The musicians will hold a question and answer session after the concert.

The quartet features four female musicians. Violinist Erica Schwartz, originally an Albany native and member of Congregation Beth Emeth, is a substitute musician with the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera orchestras. She has given solo and chamber performances in several venues, including Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall and the National Opera Center in New York City. Haitian-American cellist Francesca McNeeley has premiered dozens of works, solo and chamber. She has been featured internationally in series and festivals and has upcoming engagements planned at Lincoln Center and the Miller Theatre. Emmy Tisdel, violinist and violist, is a founding member of the Montreal Music Collective, and also is a member of Pronto Music Chamber Orchestra. New York-based violinist Kate Dreyfuss is a performer of classical and contemporary repertoire. She is a founding member of F-PLUS, a violin-clarinet-percussion trio based in Chicago and New York.

There is a $10 charge for adults for the chicken barbecue dinner; children will be admitted at no cost. Dinner registration must be made online at bethemethalbany.org by Tuesday, Aug. 13. The concert is free and open to the community. Joe Schwartz at joeyschwartz61@gmail.com can provide details.

  Cantor Jodi Schechtman will lead the TRG Shabbat Torah study on Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. on the Tanglewood lawn. It will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearsal of Beethoven Symphony #9 and Schoenberg Friede auf Erde (Peace on Earth). Those interested in attending are asked to let Joe Schwartz know by Tuesday, Aug. 20. Lawn seats may be purchased at www.bso.org. Lawn seats are $14 for adults; children under 18 are admitted at no cost. The Tanglewood gates open at 9 a.m.

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