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Skidmore's newest summer program is launched

July 15, 2014

The Decoda Chamber Music Institute at Skidmore launched its inaugural season July 13 with the arrival on campus of 22 young artists from as far away as New Zealand and New Mexico and as near as Saratoga Springs. The students quickly settled in to work – and were composing new music within seven hours of arrival!

Orientation activities included a musical scavenger hunt and collaborating on creating new music.

Decoda is a cutting-edge New York City-based chamber music ensemble comprising alumni of Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. Decoda is dedicated to developing new generations of musicians, helping them to excel at the highest level. In addition, Decoda is committed to helping young musicians learn the role of the artist in society. Toward that end, the students will perform at two community locations—Prestwick Chase and the Saratoga Springs Senior Center—during the program.

Several public concerts are planned during the Decoda residency. The schedule is as follows:

--7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, Decoda Faculty Concert, featuring works by Bernard Garfield, Robert Schuman, and David Bruce

--2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Student Concert

--7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Decoda Faculty Concert, performing works by Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Wynton Marsalis

--1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Student Concert

Concert tickets are $8 general admission, $5 students and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For tickets, please visit the Arthur Zankel Music Center web site. Concerts will take place in Zankel’s Ladd Concert Hall.

Instagram photos of opening activities may be viewed at #decodaskidmore4

For people not on Instagram, there is a photo drop box on Entourage at this link. Students and faculty will upload photos here.

Read more about Decoda here.

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