By Dave Warner
I will be honest with you, I’ve not done much on My Little Falls this past week. I’ve been really busy for most of the time on other things, but Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I spent the majority of the day in Lake George filming and photographing the Lake George Music Festival.
What has this got to do with Little Falls?
If you haven’t been there, Lake George is a town in New York’s vast, protected Adirondack Park about a two hour drive from our downtown. The town sits on the lake of the same name and is north of Albany.
As of 2016, there were 3,450 people living there. In Little Falls, we had 4,741 as of the same year.
Eight years ago, just THREE young people sat down in that small town and had a vision – one where they could bring some of the best musicians in the world to their area to play music.
Alexander Lombard was the driving force in the creation and cultivation of the festival and his two co-founders were Barbora Kolářová and Roger Kalia.
They faced a lot of issues. There is no performing arts center in Lake George, no big venue to play in, really nothing but the high school stage for an orchestra to perform on.
It’s also really expensive to stay in Lake George, so these young musicians needed places to stay that they could afford.
If you’ve been there, it’s a tourist down. People go there to fish, boat, swim, walk the drag and shop. They aren’t really there for arts and culture.
Yet, eight years later, they have pulled it off. The festival has grown from three days to two weeks. The musicians stay with host families. Different kinds of music are played in many different locations, from churches, to park settings.
They work hard to play not just classical music, but more modern works, music for children, music composed specifically for the event itself.
Thousands of people attend the festival, which culminates….yes…on that high school stage.
Friday night, seventy young musicians gave it their all for an hour and a half, and it was breath-taking.
As I was sitting there, I was thinking about the Albany Symphony on the Little Falls High School stage, the Viking Ship, the Glass Barge, Garlic Festival, Third Thursday, Art Walk, the Cheese Festival and Christmas in Little Falls.
A few people, great ideas, and positive things for the community. All proof in my mind, that Little Falls can be anything and do anything it wants to. Just a few people sitting around in Stewarts who get an idea…
Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Here’s the promotional video that I put together for this years performances.