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SOUNDS OF SPRING AT BOSCOBEL Music in the Mansion Series

  |   March 27, 2012  |  Comment

     Spring fever? Welcome the warmer weather back to the Hudson Valley with a visit to one of the region’s most acclaimed and breathtaking nature spots since 1961, Boscobel. Even its name (Italian for “beautiful woods”) is an expression of admiration for the environment that surrounds it.

     This April experience the rebirth of Boscobel’s gardens and grounds followed by a tour of the mansion, specially-decorated for the season, in early 19th-century style with one of Boscobel’s highly-praised and knowledgeable docents. At tour’s end, relax in the Rose Garden at an intimate recital by Czech soprano, Gabriela Mikova accompanied by Joy Plaisted, harp.

Gabriela Mikova is a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She performed her senior concert with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Georg Kughi. She has also performed Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Milan Machek, concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Teplice under the direction of both Tomas Koutnik and Charles O. Munroe, and a concert tour through Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Austria with the Municipal Theatre of Brno. She has also sung at Ostrava’s Festival of Contemporary Music and at the Janackovy Hukvaldy Festival. Gabriela has performed as soloist at the Jiri Myron Theatre in Ostrava, the Moravian Theatre of Olomouc, and the Municipal Theatre of Brno, and for six years was engaged as soloist with the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzen.

Formerly the tea-time harpist at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City, Joy Plaisted earned her Masters Degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She has performed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the New York Harp Ensemble, the Reykjavik Youth Symphony and the off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, among other theatrical and orchestral productions. Ms. Plaisted’s concerts have taken her to Japan, China, Hong Kong, France, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota and did graduate studies at the Geneva Conservatory. Her teachers include Nancy Allen, Catherine Meyer-Eisenhoffer, Pierre Jamet and Frances G. Miller.

These exclusive recital tours at Boscobel will take place at 2pm on only two days, April 8 and April 29. Advance ticket sales are strongly recommended. Order online at Boscobel.org. (If inclement weather, the recital will be held in the mansion Gallery.) $50/person, includes mansion tour and garden recital.

Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison New York just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. From April through October, hours are 9:30am to 5pm (first tour at 10am; last at 4pm); November & December 9:30am to 4pm (last tour at 3pm.)  The House and distinctive Museum Shop at Boscobel are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845.265.3638.

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