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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Two enthusiastic crowds greeted 16-year-old Maxim Lando, as he performed for the Shandelee Music Festival’s (SMF) Outreach Program on Friday, August 16. Part of the mission of the SMF, now celebrating its 26th anniversary, is an outreach concert presented for those who do not have an opportunity to attend a live classical performance.
Over 75 concerts have been presented at outreach venues including Catskill Regional Medical Center, The Center for Discovery, The Recovery Center, Sullivan County Correctional Facility, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Sullivan West and Eldred Central Schools and SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.
The 2019 outreach took place at Catholic Charities Community Services in Monticello and the Care Center at Sunset Lake in Liberty.
Clients at both venues enjoyed a live concert by “Wunderkind” Maxim Lando, who had performed “An Evening of Piano Masterworks” at Shandelee Music Festival the previous evening.
Lando has performed in Saint Petersburg, Russia; at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Concert; with the Russian National and the Moscow Philharmonic. He’ll be making his debut with the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra later this year.
The program for the outreach concerts included pieces by Liszt, Scriabin, Beethoven and one of Lando’s favorite pieces Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
The Shandelee Music Festival Outreach Program Director is John Bernstein, who currently holds a position on the music faculty at Monticello High School. He performs frequently across all genres and styles, and has played in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall and the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods.
If you would like more information on the SMF’s concerts, Outreach, memberships, sponsorships or donations, or to join the mailing list, please visit www.shandlee.org or call 845/439-3277.