Renowned Jazz Pianist Recruits International Level Ensemble for 2016! LIVE Music Series

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Renowned Jazz Pianist Recruits International Level Ensemble to Close Out 2016 LIVE! Music Series for Saratoga Springs Performance

On October 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM, The Chuck Lamb Quartet with guest performer Petia Kassarova to close 2016 LIVE! Music Series

Saratoga Springs, New York (09/21/16): Universal Preservation Hall is excited to announce the close out show for the 2016 LIVE! Music Series featuring 'The Chuck Lamb Quartet with guest cellist, Petia Kassarova of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. This event will also be the official Northeastern United States release party for his latest recording, 'North by Northeast.' The 2016 LIVE! Music Series season has been an exploration that featured variations on the Brubeck Brothers Quartet with shows by Chris Brubeck's Triple Play and The Dan Brubeck Quartet in addition to the upcoming show by Chuck Lamb on October 1. The Howard Fishman Quartet also performed for an intimate and memorable unplugged show in late August as part of the series.

The Chuck Lamb Quartet is Chuck’s most recent project. His LIVE! Music Series performance will highlight music from their recently recorded album 'North by Northeast'. The nights selections will feature new compositions as well as musical inspirations of his recent time in Russia, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland. The quartet has a strong line up including: Drummer / Percussionist - Steve Holloway (Riverdance, Solace). Steve is a master of Celtic percussion and will be playing many percussive instruments including the Irish frame drum, The Bodhran; Bassist Scott Petito (The Band, Bela Fleck); Saxophone / Flute - Jeff Nania (The Chronicles, The Dylan Perillo Orchestra); and Guest Performer on Cello - Petia Kassarova, a cellist with the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Chuck and Petia met as part of a musical collaboration when they created a recording for the 2015 Electric City Couture : Makers Movement in America Runway Show at Universal Preservation Hall. Since then, they have been looking for the right opportunity to continue to collaborate. Segments of the work produced for that event will also be showcased on October 1.

"The show with Chucks Quartet is going to be smoking hot! I have a special excitement about this one as I was the person who introduced Chuck and Petia for a musical collaboration for the 2016 Electric City Couture : Makers Movement in America show and am excited to see they are continuing to work together. I am thrilled to continue to be a part of their ongoing explorations.” Corey Aldrich: 2440 Design Studio - Producer of the LIVE! Music Series

Born in Bourgas, Bulgaria, Petia Kassarova began studying the cello at the age of ten. She attended the Bulgarian Conservatory where she studied with Prof. Zdravko Jordanov, a student of Mstislav Rostropovich. Petia has performed with the 'Vidin Philharmonic', the 'Festival Orchestra of Brazil', 'Ohio Light Opera', the 'Syracuse Symphony', the 'Key West Symphony', 'Glimmerglass Opera', and many regional orchestras. Additional artist Petia has performed with include Pavarotti, Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Rod Stewart and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. She is a member of the 'Albany Symphony Orchestra', a founding member of 'Musicians of Ma’alwyck' and is also on the faculty of 'Schenectady County Community College'.

Chuck has been playing piano and touring around the world with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for over a decade. They have released 2 esteemed recordings, 'Classified and Lifetimes,' to which Chuck contributed many of his original compositions. Performances with The BBQ include appearances at the 'Newport Jazz Festival', 'Monterey Jazz Festival', 'Detroit Jazz Festival', and the 'Hollywood Bowl.' Additionally, world wide performances include performing with the 'Russian National Orchestra' in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the 'Dubrovnik Symphony' in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Additional countries performed in include Spain, Japan, Belgrade, France, Switzerland, Guatemala, and Canada.

This special show will be celebrated with an appearance from 'Steinway and Sons' in the form of a full concert piano. Overall, a not to be missed, one-of-a-kind moment in regional jazz history!

Ticket Cost for General Admission : $25 In Advance | $30 At the Door


The series will continue to be a fundraising tool for the ongoing restoration efforts of 'Saratoga's Living Room.' Additionally, the continued expansion of programming is a taste of what’s to come when UPH re-opens in late 2017. UPH will be closing the venue to complete major renovations starting in late fall of 2016 until 2017.

"Universal Preservation Hall is a perfect venue to showcase these fantastic musicians and we are thankful for their willingness to work with us as we strive to preserve this architectural and community landmark” stated Teddy Foster, Campaign Director at Universal Preservation Hall

This year’s series is sponsored majorly by the Law Offices of Ianniello Anderson, P.C. Show headline sponsors include Adirondack Studios, COOL Insuring Agency, Inc. and Mangino Buick / GMC.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the ongoing restoration and remodeling efforts for Universal Preservation Hall. Promotional support and production assistance for this series is being provided by PROCTORS. The LIVE! Music Series is a 2440 DESIGN STUDIO production.

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Universal Preservation Hall : Designed by architect Elbridge Boyden, and built in 1871, Universal Preservation Hall is one of the earliest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture anywhere in the country. Its 129-foot steeple, with a giant Meneely bell forged in Troy, N.Y., is one of Saratoga Springs’ highest spires. In 1999, in recognition of its significance, the building was designated an “Official Project of Save America’s Treasures” by The White House Millennium Council. Once condemned, the building was saved by an agreement between a group of caring Saratogians and the Universal Baptist Church. The 501(c)(3) Universal Preservation Hall was then established in 2003. Today, the Universal Preservation Hall continues its restoration and development while operating as a cultural center for the performing arts and community events in downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information, go to