Photos & Story by Dave Warner

The Caroga Lake Music Festival kicked off its 7th season with an opening performance at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Albany Street at 7 pm. The program included everything from Tchaikovsky, to Mozart, to Bruno Mars.

Jane Malin, Director of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, found out about the group from Linda Fake who’s an instructor at the Center doing interior design work. “She’s part of their board system and told me about them and I contacted Kyle Barrett Price who is the director.”

According to Price, everyone arrived and they started on Monday with their first rehearsals. “Everyone’s done an amazing job getting their repertoire together to be ready for tonight,” he said.

The Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major features Nathan Chan, “who I like to think of as the next young Yo Yo Ma, from the Seattle Symphony,” stated Price.

Price continued “It’s so much fun to meet people here – some you don’t even realize that you have connections to in other parts of the world.” “Even though it’s a small community, the people are so giving here…that’s what brings the artists back, the love they feel when they come here.”

Malin stated “I just think it’s so important to support live performance music.” I’m thrilled as the art center to be able to bring it to Little Falls.”

Last year and this, the group is performing for donations at the door, but the hope is that they can get sponsors for next years event with the good turnout tonight.

“Nothing against New York City, but maybe you don’t feel the same person to person connection when you’re playing there,” finished Price.